International Site Profiles: DrikNEWS

We're periodically posting short profiles that will collectively provide a starting point for an exploration of international blogs, online magazines, and pages.

These sites are being mapped on our International Photo Sites Map for easy reference.

Today we continue the series with a look at DrikNEWS.

Founder: Shahidul Alam
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Recommended sample post: Buriganga in its death throes
Frequency of posts: High, approximately 15 a month
Founded: The agency was founded in 1989, unsure when site was founded
Last updated : November 2012
In a sentence: The photography and multimedia outlet for Drik, a photo agency based in Dhaka.

DrikNEWS is part of a network of sites that work towards Alam's vision of growing the number of "majority world" (his term for the countries outside the United States and Europe) photographers. Behind this goal is a desire to allow these nations to represent themselves in the media, instead of relying on outside photographers to define them. Just as importantly, Alam created Drik to serve as an agency to maintain editorial control over those images in order to eliminate a "northern slant" to the news. Alam's overall project includes a highly-praised educational program.

DrikNEWS presents a new locally-produced documentary or photojournalism project almost every other day.