Broadcast and Multimedia
Shahidul Alam, Principal
A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. He returned to his hometown Dhaka in 1984, where he photographed the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the award winning Drik agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Director of the Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam's work has been exhibited in galleries such as MOMA in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London and The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran. A guest curator of the National Art Gallery in Malaysia and the Brussels Biennale, Alam's numerous photographic awards include the Mother Jones and the Andrea Frank Awards. He has been a jury member in prestigious international contests, including World Press Photo, which he chaired. A Honourary Fellow of the Bangladesh Photographic Society and the Royal Photographic Society Alam is a visiting professor of Sunderland University in the UK.
David Brewer, Tutor
David's journalistic career spans newspapers, radio, TV, and online. He was the launch managing editor of BBC News Online in 1997, moved to CNN in 2000 to set up CNN.com EMEA and CNNArabic.com, and was an editorial consultant for the launch of Al Jazeera English in 2006. David works with a number of media development organizations in Asia, SE Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the CIS, and Central America. He set up Media Helping Media (mediahelpingmedia.org) in order to support media in transition and post-conflict countries and areas where freedom of expression is under threat. His specialties include: media strategy, content strategy, building converged news operations, multiplatform authoring, creating sustainable media businesses, building editorial propositions based on impartial, objective, and reliable journalism.
DJ Clark, Tutor
DJ Clark is a contract multimedia reporter for China Daily and represented as a photojournalist by Panos Pictures in London. He also researches and writes about photography as a vehicle for social change, the subject that drives both his journalistic and academic work.
In 1989, Clark moved to Ramallah, Palestine, where he worked as an international wire photographer for two years. After returning to the UK in 1991, he established Folly, an agency that produces still and moving images for aid agencies. Folly developed into a public media arts center and continues to thrive.
Clark began lecturing in Photography, first at Lancaster University and then as course leader on the BA Photography and Video degree at the University of Bolton. In 2005 he set up a new MA in Multimedia Journalism that runs both in Bolton, UK, and Beijing, China, where he is now based. He is also the director of visual journalism at the Asia Center for Journalism in Manila. In 2009 he completed a PhD in social geography at the University of Durham, UK, that examined visual representations of Africa.
Clark runs media workshops throughout the world, most recently for Canon in China and the Philippines, the British Council in Croatia, Mozambique, and Vietnam, and World Press Photo in the Philippines and across Africa. In 2008 he gave a keynote speech at the World Press Photo Awards on the growth of majority world photojournalism.
Brian Palmer, Tutor
Brian Palmer is an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, he produced Full Disclosure, a documentary based on his embeds in Iraq with a U.S. Marine infantry unit, for which he received grants from the Ford Foundation and Applied Research Center. Full Disclosure premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in 2010.
Recently, Palmer has written for Mother Jones, the Huffington Post, Pixel Press.org, ColorLines, Foam magazine (Amsterdam), among others. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Politiken (Copenhagen), and other publications. He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts' MFA Photography, Video, & Related Media Program in New York City and the Photo & Imaging Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
From 2000 to 2002 Palmer was an on-air correspondent at CNN. Prior to that, he was a staff writer at Fortune, the Beijing Bureau Chief for US News & World Report, and a staff photographer at US News. He began his career in journalism in 1988 at the Village Voice newspaper.
Palmer earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Brown University in 1986 and an MFA in Photography from New York City's School of Visual Arts. In the mid-1980s he studied Mandarin and history at Nanjing University in the People's Republic of China.
Margo Smith, Tutor
Margo Smit is director of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists VVOJ. She is an independent, self-employed investigative TV-documentary filmmaker. Smit studied journalism in the United States. In 1989 she began working as a news and features reporter for a Dutch commercial TV station and later as their political correspondent. In 1997, she moved to KRO Reporter, an investigative television documentary series on Dutch public TV where she worked till 2009. Smit investigated the Dutch monarchy, nuclear safety and proliferation, accounting transparency at multinationals, Islam, honourary killings and the banking industry. She was co-producer of the KRO Reporter documentary on controversial politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali nominated for the Prix Europa in 2005. Margo Smit teaches investigative journalism on TV, with the emphasis on visualisation of investigative reporting at University Groningen and various journalism schools in the Netherlands and Flanders.
Erin Hollaway, Tutor
Erin Hollaway is the former managing editor of National Geographic Adventure magazine. In that capacity, she coordinated the editorial production of each issue. Hollaway also served as the magazine's copy chief, editing all stories to ensure they met the high standard expected of National Geographic publications. (The magazine ceased publication after more than a decade in December 2009.)
Prior to Adventure, Hollaway was copy editor at several other magazines, including Women's Health and PC Magazine. Hollaway worked abroad as a researcher in Amsterdam for Forrester Research. She is a certified teacher of English as a Second Language and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Ute Mattigkeit, Tutor
Born in 1972, Ute Mattigkeit has been working in the media business for over 19 years. After studying politics, history and economics at the University of Muenster, Germany, she went through a special journalism training at a television production company in Cologne and has been working since then for several public and private television stations, as well as print and online-magazines in and outside Germany. As an executive producer Ute Mattigkeit was responsible for the launch and success of several television formats, so nineandahalf, an award wining news programme for kids broadcast on the first German television (ARD), where she introduced video journalism to produce international stories. Ute Mattigkeit herself specialised in video journalism in 2004 through trainers from the German Television Station Hessischer Rundfunk (ARD/HR). Since then she has been producing documentaries and feature-stories in South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, Indonesia, Thailand, Israel, Turkey and the USA.
For her work as a journalist and executive producer Ute Mattigkeit was awarded several prizes, including the North American Children's Award, the International Film Festival Award in Bangkok, the EMIL audience award and two nominations at the World Television Award in Canada.
Muhammad Aminuzzaman, Tutor
Muhammad Aminuzzaman known as Amin is a Bangladeshi photographer and videographer. Presently he holds the position team leader and online editor of audio visual department, Drik Picture Library and lecturer, Pathshala, The South Asian Institute of Photography. His work has been exhibited in Bangladesh, Germany, Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur. His Images were published in international publications like Time Journal of Photography, The Saudi Aramco World and the book Our World of Water by Oxfam GB.
Amin completed his Master of Commerce (Marketing) in 1995 (held in 1997) and Bachelor of Commerce (Hon in Marketing) in 1994 University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (held in 1995). He joined Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, Dhaka to learn photojournalism. He joined at Drik as a professional photographer in 2002.
He also participated as a cameraman and a sound person on 5 documentaries filmed in Bangladesh and in India for TVE (UK) which were broadcast on BBC's 'Earth Report'. Subjects for the programmes included: female agricultural workers initiative in Telapia farming in paddy fields; cooking sticks made by rice husks; sanitation successes in lower areas; the use of solar energy in some coastal areas and Village on the front line.
All through his career, his emphasis and interest has been on communicating with people to bring about positive changes in our lives and to encourage people to reconsider issues, and think positively towards activating the present for a better future.
Arnob Chakrabarty, Head of Training, Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism
Arnob Chakrabarty was born in November 1969 in Chhatak, Bangladesh. He studied journalism at the Christian University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and went to work in 1997 as a news editor for the Dutch National Television. In 1999 he moved to School TV Weekjournaal, a weekly news and current affairs program for children on Dutch public television where he worked as a reporter and producer for the following three years. In 2003, he joined as director/reporter of In Focus a weekly current affairs magazine on Dutch Television. For this programme he made several short documentaries. He followed the Muslim community in the UK after the London blast in 2006 and covered the electon of Sarkozy (link) from the banlieus in Paris. In 2007 he joined Nova, the daily news and current affairs programme on national television. Since June 2009 he has been working as an independent journalist for a couple of Dutch tv news programmes. He also wrote several articles for Dutch newspapers and magazines including NRC Handelsblad and HP de Tijd.
In 2008 Chakrabarty took an MA on 'Journalism in a Crossmedial Setting' from the Dutch Media Academy. Since 2006 he has been working as trainer at On File, the Dutch Association for exiled journalist. He is an external tutor and guest lecturer of the Christian University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. In March 2010 he joined the South Asian Media Academy in Dhaka as head of training.