Shahnaz Munni

Shahnaz Munni (Bengali শাহনাজ মুন্নী, born 1969) is a Bangladeshi journalist, poet and writer.[1] Since January 2016, she has been chief news editor with the Dhaka-based television channel News24.[2] She also takes a special interest in children's welfare.

Shahnaz Munni (2018).

BiographyEdit

Born on 8 February 1969 in Dhaka, Munni attended Dhaka's Holy Cross College before studying social sciences at the University of Dhaka in 1994.[3] On graduation, her career as a journalist started with Ekushey Television at the beginning in 1999.[citation needed] She then joined ATN Bangla as a senior reporter in 2003 before moving to News 24 as a special correspondent. In 2016, she was promoted to senior news editor.[2]

Munni has also taken a special interest in children's welfare. In September 2006, she was one of the 20 eminent poets who contributed to Unicef's Child Rights Poetry Festival aimed at improving society's attitudes towards the rights of children.[4] In 2009, she won second prize in the Meena Media Awards in the over-18 television journalism category for reporting on children sniffing glue. She commented that it was often difficult to cover children on television as the media are primarily interested in adult viewers: "There is so much scope for the media to improve the situation of children, but first we need to change the attitude and mindset of the editorial decision makers."[5] In 2013, in her role as an ambassador of MCHIP (Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program), she visited the communities of Amjiriganj and Nabiganj Upazilas, collecting background for the 50 success stories she is writing for the MaMoni Save the Children project.[6] Munni has also contributed to fighting tuberculosis in Bangladesh, assisting BRAC on the three-member jury for the 2015 awards.[7]

As a writer, she is a poet, an essayist, a short story writer and a novelist, writing for young people. Jiner Konnaya (The Spirit's Daughter), her first book of short stories was published in 1997.[8] Munni has participated in the "Poets Translating Poets" project run by the Goethe Institute under which poets writing in the Indian and South Asian languages were introduced to German poetry while their works were translated into German. Several of her Bengali poems were translated into German while she translated poems by the modern German poet Hendrik Jackson.[9][10]

As a sociology graduate of the University of Dhaka, Munni has carried out research in connection with Azfar Hussain.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shahnaz Munni". Goethe Institut. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Shahnaz Munni joins News 24". Daily Sun. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Shahnaz Munni". lirikline. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "September 27, 2006: Poetry festival on rights of the child held in Dhaka". Unicef. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ McNamara (4 November 2009). "Media 5826". Unicef. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Journalist Shahnaz Munni, Maternal and Newborn Health Ambassador of MCHIP visited MaMoni Project". Save the Children. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "BRAC Recognises media efforts to report on TB". BRAC. 16 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Shahnaz Munni". Dahaka Tribune. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Hasan, Lamat R. (8 October 2016). "Chapter & verse: poetic encounters for the love of language & culture". Catch News. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Poets Translating Poets at Goethe Institut today". The Independent. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "shahnaz Munni". University of Dhaka. Retrieved 13 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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