Bhutan’s Sonam Ongmo to discuss challenges of journalism in Himalayan region

Sonam Ongmo, editor at large for the Bhutanese publication The Raven Magazine, will speak at Yale on Tuesday, March 31 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Ongmo will participate in a panel discussion titled “Challenges and Opportunities of Journalism in the Himalayan Region” with Yale professor Fred Strebeigh at 7 p.m. in Rm. 202 of Luce Hall , 34 Hillhouse Ave. The event is a part of the Yale Himalaya Spring 2015 Seminar Series and is free and open to the public. For more information on the series, visit the Yale Himalayan Initiative website here.

Before beginning her time at The Raven, Bhutan’s only current affairs magazine covering society, culture, arts, literature and politics, Ongmo served as the regional editor for Asia for Future Challenges, an Internet-based initiative of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Ongmo is also a contributing writer to Global Voices,a citizen’s media initiative that places an emphasis on voices not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.

Ongmo began her career as a journalist working for Bhutan’s flagship newspaper, Kuensel, in the early 1990s, becoming one of Bhutan’s first female journalists. She took a brief break from journalism to enter the NGO world, serving as the communications officer in Bhutan for Save the Children and as the communications consultant for Bhutan’s National Environmental Commission. She has also worked in communications for the United Nations Population Fund and as a volunteer at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Rubin Museum of Art.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Janet Mock, Seymour Hersh, and Nick Kristof.

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