Consul General Heath leads journalists on CEJ tour
KARACHI: U.S. Consul General, Brian Heath led a group of journalists' organizations on tour of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ). The U.S. government provided $4 million to establish the centre at Karachi's Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
"A free and professional press is a cornerstone of democracy and played a crucial role in America's history," said Mr. Heath. "This Centre for Excellence in Journalism aims to help journalists gain and improve their skills so they can play their indispensable role in the public discourse of their country." The CEJ will become the nexus of U.S. government and partner organization efforts to provide training and exchanges for Pakistani journalists to advance a free, dynamic press.
"The CEJ builds journalism networks," Mr. Heath told the delegates. "The United States is committed to supporting journalists in Pakistan as we firmly believe a free press plays a critical role in helping democracy flourish," said Mr. Heath.
Director CEJ, Mr. Kamal Siddiqi briefed journalists about the CEJ training courses. Representatives of the Karachi Press Club (KPC), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Karachi Union of the Journalists (KUJ) and Pakistan Media Club (PMC) participated.View Gallery
Diplomats, media house owners tour CEJ facilities; laud efforts in media sector
KARACHI: Foreign diplomats, as well as owners and editors of Pakistani media houses, were invited to visit the Center for Excellence in Journalism at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (CEJ-IBA) on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Acting Director CEJ, Ms. Christie Lauder, gave a tour of the newly inaugurated journalism training facility funded by the US government. The Centre recently celebrated its grand opening on February 27, 2016.
The guests paid the visit on special invitation extended by the US Consul General Karachi.
The Consul Generals of France, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, China, along with the representatives of UN Agency, UNICEF, and Goethe Institute of Karachi were invited to tour the Centre.
During the visit, Ms. Lauder introduced the esteemed guests to the state-of-art facilities offered by the CEJ to its students and guests during the training programs and other events. She briefed the guests about the Centre and the trainings that have been offered so far.
She showed the guests the modern Production Control Room (PCR), fully functional broadcast studio, well-equipped editing suites and class rooms where CEJ hosts its trainings and other programs. Later, she took questions from the visitors and apprised them about CEJ's future programs.
The dignitaries lauded the Centre's efforts and its partner organizations including the US Department of State, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Medill School of Journalism, and Institute of Business Administration, Karachi for playing a key role in uplifting the journalism standards in the country by providing hands-on trainings to the media professionals.
The diplomats and development experts who visited the CEJ included Mr. François Dall'Orso, Consul General French Consulate; Mr. Gianluca Rubagotti, Consul General Italian Consulate; Mr. Imran Laghari, UN Agency; Dr. Nargiz Khondjaeva, Head of Office UNICEF; Ms. Zoya Ahmad, Goethe Institute Karachi; Huma Musawar, Geothe Institute Karachi; and Eric Touzé, Acting Director, AFK.
Other notable guests included Shahrukh Hasan, Managing Director Jang Group; Jerjees Seja, CEO ARY Media Group; Shahab Mahmood, Director News Abb Takk News; Razak Sarohi, Director News Awaz TV; Dr. Jabbar Khattak, Chief Editor Awami Awaz; Yawar Nabi Morai, Head of News Mehran TV; and Ghulam Nabi Morai, Group CEO Mehran TV.
American Ambassador, David Hale and former Dean and Director IBA, Dr. Ishrat Husain launched the CEJ on February 27, 2016 in Karachi. The U.S. State Department provided $4 million in funding to construct the Centre and establish trainings and workshops for Pakistani journalists. Since 2014, the Centre has conducted a number of programs for the media community covering a variety of subjects from short documentary production to data journalism, as well as basic and advanced reporting techniques.
American Ambassador, IBA Director inaugurate Centre for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi
American Ambassador, IBA Director inaugurate Centre for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi
KARACHI: American Ambassador, David Hale and Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dr. Ishrat Husain launched the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) at IBA on February 27, 2016. The U.S. State Department provided $4 million in funding to construct the centre and establish a curriculum and training programs.
"A free and professional press is a cornerstone of democracy and played a crucial role in America's history," said Ambassador Hale. "This center, Centre for Excellence in Journalism, aims to help journalists gain and improve their skills so they can play their indispensable role in the public discourse of their country." The CEJ will become the nexus of U.S. government and partner organization efforts to provide training and exchanges for Pakistani journalists to advance a free, dynamic press.
Consul General Brian Heath, CEJ Board Chairperson Kamal Siddiqui, CEJ Acting Director Christie-Marie Lauder, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Vice President Patrick Butler, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Professor Craig Duff and State Department consultant Larry Pintak also attended the inauguration.
"The Institute of Business Administration has long been at the forefront of innovation in education and I am very pleased to add yet another component to that prestigious portfolio with the launch of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism," said Dr. Ishrat. "Today, we bring that excellence to journalism and multimedia studies. We expect the Centre for Excellence in Journalism to attract the best and brightest journalism and multimedia professionals," he said.
Ms. Christie Lauder later provided the ambassador, Consul General, and other guests the tour of the state-of-the-art classroom, fully equipped and operational edit suites, TV studio and production control room.
ICFJ announces reporting contest winners post alumni summit
KARACHI: On behalf of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) is pleased to announce the winners of the ICFJ Alumni Summit Reporting Contest. Announced at the conclusion of the summit in July 2015, the alumni reporting contest welcomed entries in three separate categories – health, gender, and education – and was only open to new stories filed after the completion of the summit. Three winners will be awarded $1,000 each, while four runners-up will receive $500 each.
First prize winners are Khalid Khattak, Salman Khan and Adnan Khatri for their stories covering education, health and gender respectively. The four runners-up are Azam Khan, Tahir Ali, Samra Afzal, and Anwer Sumra.
The reporting contest was open to all the participants of the summit organized for the alumni of U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism program from July 23 to 26, 2015 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. The event was hosted by CEJ in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and ICFJ, and was attended by officials from the U.S. Consulate, Pakistani-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), ICFJ, CEJ and IBA.
The three-day event featured international trainers, panelists, and keynote speakers covering issues related to journalism ethics, digital media, and investigative reporting, among other topics.
The summit provided an opportunity for journalists who have participated in various State Department -funded professional programs to meet each other as well as build on the knowledge and skills they had acquired while visiting the United States and through their work in Pakistani media.
Participants were asked to submit a story published or broadcast within a month of the summit's conclusion. Submitted pieces were judged on how well they utilized skills and information imparted during the training summit.
The winning stories can be found on the links given below:
- First prize: Is Punjab province really achieving enrollment targets? by Khalid Khattak
- Runner up: Why 25 million children are out of school by Azam Khan
- Runner up: Challenging the old school by Tahir Ali
- First prize: Silent sufferers: Social stigma deprives HIV patients of social and medical support by Salman Khan
- Runner up: Mishandling of vaccines affects drive against preventable diseases by Samra Afzal
- First prize: Maternal mortality rate in hurdle in MDG by Adnan Khatri
- Runner up: Provinces struggling with women empowerment, protection by Anwer Sumra
CEJ-IBA hosts ICFJ Alumni Training & Networking Summit in Karachi
The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ-IBA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), organized a training seminar for 150 alumni of the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism program in Karachi from July 23 to 26. The training was held in the new Aman Tower at the Institute for Business Administration's City Campus, the first event held in the state of the art building.
The summit kicked off with a lavish reception dinner for the ICFJ's exchange alumni. Officials from the U.S. Consulate, ICFJ, PUAN, CEJ and IBA were on hand to welcome the participants.
U.S. Consul General Karachi, Brian Heath inaugurated the three-day event which featured international trainers, panelists, and keynote speakers covering issues related to journalism ethics, digital media, and investigative reporting.
"Programs like the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism create understanding and build bridges between our two countries. They enable Pakistani journalists to see how their American counterparts cover the news. When they return home, the exchange visitors can use the skills they have learned to further develop Pakistan's vibrant media," said Consul General Brian Heath.
Participants of the ICFJ Alumni Summit had the opportunity to attend six training sessions over the course of the conference, in addition to daily lectures, keynote speeches, dinners, and breakout sessions. Attending alumni were also given the opportunity to participate in a reporting completion following the summit. Journalists will produce published stories in the areas of health, education, or gender issues, with cash prizes of $1000 and $500 for first and second place respectively.
"The training summit was a complete package for the striving journalists as it enhanced my skills while reporting on the field", said one of the participants, Shahid Wafa, who works at Pakistan Television (PTV) as reporter.
Other participants also said that each session addressed different areas that provided them the opportunity to learn major things ranging from investigative journalism to social media. The trainings helped them enhanced their skills not only in professional capacity, but personally as well.
Dubbing it as a fantastic experience, Patrick Butler, who is the Vice President Programs at ICFJ and was also one of the trainers at the summit, said, "It was a great training and great opportunity for networking in Pakistan".
Another instructor, Wajahat Ali, who co-hosts "The Stream" at Al-Jazeera America and taught "Social Media for Journalists" during the summit, said that engaging with the Pakistani journalists was an amazing opportunity for him, and it made him realize that despite considerable risks to their lives and challenges, Pakistani journalists are still striving to tell a story and do good work.
International Managing Editor at Bloomberg, Ethan Bronner was the keynote speaker at the summit. Expressing his respect for the Pakistani journalists, Ethan said that journalism is a hard job anywhere in the world and it's even harder in Pakistan. "Journalists asked questions that made us realize that practicing journalism is not the same in Pakistan as it is in the U.S.", he added.
Other trainers included Azmat Khan, investigative journalist at BuzzFeed News; Sadaf Baig, program director with media rights NGO Media Matters for Democracy; Shaheryar Popalzai, ICFJ Knight Fellow; and Lam Thuy Vo, interactive editor at Al-Jazeera America.
The three-day seminar is the first major public event hosted by the CEJ, a U.S.-funded institute dedicated to providing professional, interactive courses on cutting-edge media innovations for Pakistani journalists.
More about the Centre's activities and updates can also be found on Facebook www.facebook.com/CEJatIBA, Twitter @CEJatIBA and LinkedIn.View Gallery
CEJ with Herald Pakistan organizes forum on LG Polls
The Herald Pakistan, in collaboration with CEJ, organized a panel discussion on 'Local Government polls: is devolution anathema to political parties?' on March 27, 2015 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), City Campus.
The panelists included former head of the National Reconstruction Bureau, Lt. Gen. Tanwir Naqvi (retd), and urban planner and executive director of Sustainable Initiatives Farhan Anwar. The third panelist Dr Ali Cheema, founding member and current board member at the Center of Economic Research in Pakistan and an associate professor at LUMS, joined the discussion via Skype from Lahore. The discussion was moderated by renowned management professional and IBA professor, Leon Menezes.
The event was open for all sorts of audiences and was attended by several IBA graduate students, journalists and others having interest in the local government system, seeking answers to their questions regarding the most debated issue nowadays.
The insightful debate touched on a number of topics ranging from the effectiveness of local government systems to the future of urban development. One of the highlights was the discussion on the historical context of government systems in Pakistan. A large part of the mechanics of the political system in the country can be traced to British colonial rule, and the panelists pointed out that the centralized system of government is no exception.
Gen. Naqvi also shed light on the pre-1947 centralized bureaucracy that was implemented by and suited the British elite, and said that "it was not of the people, for the people and by the people" — as it should be. While Mr Cheema agreed with Gen. Naqvi, he felt that the relationship between the British and the locals was not as "extractive" and that the British did give opportunities for locals to participate politically. Both, however, agreed that local government was a step in the right direction.
Mr Farhan Anwar, on the other hand, argued on the significance of local government acquiring fiscal power. He pointed out that even if local governments become an integral part of the country's political landscape, they won't be effective till they possess fiscal power. He was of the view that Pakistan is still highly centralized, and they don't have the capacity to generate revenue. A city like Karachi that generates 70 % of the revenue has to wait for the money to come from the federal government, he added.
Mr Menezes pointed out that it is for this reason - a paucity of means to generate funds - that has led to billboards cluttering Pakistani cities.
While Mr Anwar mainly focused his discussion on how cities such as Karachi need to revamp their governance structure to develop and bring themselves into the future, Mr Cheema and Gen. Naqvi talked about the impact of dynastic politics. The economist emphasized that "50% of politics in Pakistan is dynastic, and that the local government has to disrupt this oligarchic hold of political parties".
Towards the conclusion of the forum, the panelists invited questions from the audience, who showed keen interest in the discussion, and answered them in the befitting manner. The hosts, CEJ and Herald Pakistan, presented mementos to the panelists while souvenirs were also distributed among the audience.View Gallery
CEJ hosts Medill School students, professors under exchange program
After successfully concluding several training modules covering various aspects of journalism, the CEJ hosted a group of students along with two professors from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in the month of March.
As part of the Pakistan-Medill journalism exchange program, eight graduate students visited Pakistan along with Professor Craig Duff, who taught the inaugural course at CEJ, Backpack/Mobile Multimedia Journalism, and another Medill professor, Marda Dunsky.
To foster the collaboration between the Pakistani and American journalist community, the visiting students were paired with local journalists in Lahore and worked on different stories that were jointly published by their home institutions. The pupils teamed up with the reporters working for Express Tribune, Daily Times, Herald, City 42, Express News, and Newsweek Pakistan in Lahore. Their visit did not only provide them an opportunity to conclude and ameliorate their stories, but also provided the hands-on experience of working in a Pakistani newsroom and witnessing the rich culture.
Before their departure to Lahore, the students and professors stayed in Karachi where they met the CEJ staff, and visited prominent working newsrooms as well as cultural and historical sites. The students visited Dawn News and Express News where they witnessed behind-the-lens news production procedure and availed the opportunity to hold one-on-one discussion with the news editors.
They also visited several places of historical and cultural significance including the Quaid-e-Azam House, commonly known as Flagstaff House, National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), State Bank of Pakistan Museum, Mazar-e-Qaid and Mohatta Palace.
The visiting journalists were also honored with scrumptious luncheon hosted by the Karachi Press Club (KPC), where the governing body officials presented them with the traditional Ajrak.
Along with meeting the advisory board members, CEJ also provided the students with an opportunity to engage with its alumni, who are the working journalists from different media organizations, which provided them a deeper insight into the dynamics of the Pakistani news culture and media industry.
The pupils expressed their excitement about visiting Pakistan for the first time and said that it had certainly helped them in shedding apprehensions regarding the security situation in the country. They reiterated that such exchange programs will nurture cultural and geographical diversity, and will help in promoting tolerance and positive outlook of the country. The students looked forward to visiting Pakistan again.View Gallery