Facilitating Journalist Association Linking SMEs and Developing SME Pages with Local Media Houses

Project Status: Grant Agreement
Funding Partner: Katalyst- a concern of Swiss-Contact
Project Duration: 9 Months
Project Cost: BDT 6,930,777.00


Mentor: Syed Ishtiaque Reza, Special Correspondent, The Financial Express
Team Leader: Hasibur Rahman, Executive Director, MRDI
Program Coordinator: Md. Sazzad Hossain, Manager, Programme & Communications, MRDI
Accountant: Salma Khandaker, Accounts Officer, MRDI


Stimulating sustainable practice of business journalism and mainstreaming business coverage in local newspapers, both focused on SME and local economy, at district growth centres.


Capacity building of Jessore and Rangpur based journalists of national newspapers, local dailies and electronic media to make greater and more effective business coverage of SMEs and local economy.

Enhance and institutionalise professional linkage between media and business communities of Jessore and Rangpur.

Capacity building of selected local newspapers to improve quantity and quality of business coverage as well as to facilitate their sustainable development as SME-focused media outlet.

Publication of separate business page by the selected local newspapers.


Since previous MRDI-Katalyst individual interventions in Bogra were extensively interlinked and mutually supportive, it has now been grouped into a single project to be simultaneously implemented in two locations: Jessore and Rangpur.

Media Network

Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan

Forming & Functioning of Media network

Experience Sharing Meeting with Selected Members of Business Reporters’ Network (BRN) Bogra

Orientation Session on Business Journalism

6 Media Forums

3 Field Visits
– 3 Monitoring & Coordination Visit
– 3 Coordination Meeting with MRDI Advisors and Project Staff

Monitoring and Reporting

Local Newspapers

Selecting Newspapers

Need assessment of Newspapers

Policy & Planning Meetings with selected Newspapers

In-house orientation of Media Gatekeepers

In-house Training:
– on business reporting
– on business news editing
– on graphic designing for business news matters

Marketing Strategy Development & Dialogue with Businesspersons

Launch & Publicize Business Section of 2 local newspapers

3 Monitoring & Coordination Visit

3 Coordination Meeting with MRDI Advisors and Project Staff

Monitoring and Reporting

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