Reporting for Television News II
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) organized an intensive 9-day training on "Reporting for Television News" from September 02 to 10, 2016 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. The course was attended by 27 working broadcast journalists from across Pakistan representing various media organizations.
The course was taught by the award-winning journalist, Ceci Rodgers from Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a financial journalist for more than two decades. The class was co-taught by Munawar Mirza who is also an award winning TV Journalist and brought with him three decades of broadcast and print experience. His human angle stories which won him three National Awards in reporting.
The course focused on video journalism that included the fundamentals of TV broadcasting, writing, reporting, shooting, editing, and visual ethics and best practices.
With abundant hands-on activities, the course also emphasized the journalism principles of accuracy, fairness, transparency and service to the public. In addition to reporting, the students also learned to check facts, shoot, write and edit their videos in the state-of-the-art CEJ editing suites.
As part of their assignment, the students produced two high-quality packages at the end of the course which demonstrated their newly acquired skills and techniques.
Terming it as a life-time experience, the students said that they were determined to apply those fresh skills into their newsrooms.
To supplement the class lectures, a guest session was conducted by Mr. Iqbal Jamil, former anchor and director at the Institute of Communication and Media Sciences, Ziauddin Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Kamal Siddiqi, Director CEJ, also led a session on media ethics and journalists' safety.
At the end of the training, participants received their certificates of completion while end note speeches were delivered by the instructors- Ceci and Munawar- and CEJ program manager, Ms. Christie Lauder.
Basics of News Reporting and Writing II
Karachi: For the second time, CEJ organized a comprehensive two-week training for print journalists on 'Basics of News Reporting and Writing' from August 15 to 26, 2016 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. Thirty-one working reporters from various print and broadcast organizations across Pakistan attended the training module.
The course was taught by Desiree Hanford, lecturer at Medill School of Journalism where she teaches news and business reporting. She has also served as acting director of undergraduate education at Medill and has more than 10 years of reporting experience for Dow Jones & Co.
The course was also co-taught by a local co-instructor, Naween Mangi who is a freelance journalist and former Pakistan Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News.
The course focused on the fundamentals of print media reporting and writing, with hands-on exercises, field trips and guest speakers supplementing in-class lectures and discussions. The class topics included the reporter's role in society, how print coverage differs from broadcast news, and the distinction between 'hard news' and feature writing.
Along with studying the classic who-what-where-when-why structure of news articles, the students also gained insight on how to structure and conduct interviews, develop stories, and write for digital news platforms. There was also a unit on 'Ethics for Journalists' and ‘Safety for Journalists’, conducted by Mr. Kamal Siddiqi, Director CEJ.
Some other fundamental topics included financial news reporting, how to cover labor issues and the social sector, and profile writing. The trainers also demonstrated interviewing techniques to the students. Later, the students were sent out to conducted man-on-the-street interviews to write weather stories and practice interviewing techniques.
The class also visited Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE), where they were briefed by Managing Director, Nadeem Naqvi, on KSE's basic functions. The visit served as a practical demonstration on how the reporters can cover a press conference and conduct interviews effectively.
Some guest speakers who are prominent media professionals also highlighted the crucial trends and issues of the industry. The speakers included Munawar Mirza, an award winning TV journalist and former head of media at the Bahria University and Faisal Sayani, most recently of Dawn News.
By the conclusion of the course, the students had developed a solid understanding of the elements of a news article, and were able to identify, report, and structure news and feature stories. They were also able to understand the responsibilities that the profession entails.
Expressing her joy, trainer Desiree Hanford said that it was a bilateral learning process for her and expressed her wish to visit Pakistan again. During her stay in Karachi, Desiree had also spoken with a group of female journalists and discussed the state of media for female Pakistani journalists and issues faced by them in the field.
The training concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony at the CEJ and an end note speech by the trainers and Kamal Siddiqi. Representatives of Habib Metropolitan Bank Ltd, CEJ’s strategic partner, were also present on the occasion.View Gallery
Business and Economic Reporting - II
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) organized a comprehensive two-week training on 'Business and Economic Reporting' from July 18 to 29, 2016 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. The course was attended by 27 working journalists primarily business and commerce reporters/editors across Pakistan representing various media organizations.View Gallery
The course was taught by the award-winning journalist, Susan Chandler, professor at Medill School of Journalism and a local co-instructor, Naween A. Mangi, a freelance journalist and former Pakistan Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News.
“Business and Economic Reporting” focused on the fundamentals of print media reporting and writing, with hands-on exercises, field trips and guest speakers supplementing in-class lectures and discussions.
During the course, students learned to dissect a corporate income statement, write a business profile and an earnings story. They were also introduced to financial markets by making mock investments in the online stocks. At the end of the course, Susan distributed prizes to the best performing stock portfolio holders in a contest.
Along with studying the classic who-what-where-when-why structure of news articles, students were also briefed on how to conduct interviews, develop stories, and write for Internet-based news platforms. Other topics included financial-news reporting, and how to cover labor issues and the social sector.
Trip to several leading financial organizations were also arranged where students got a chance to interact with the industry leaders. Students visited the State Bank of Pakistan library and currency museum, Arif Habib Corp., Karachi Stock Exchange and United Bank Limited Head Office.
As part of their practical assignment, students were tasked to visit Bolton Market in search of stories from individuals and small business owners to cover entrepreneurship.
Additionally, several guests delivered insightful lectures on various topics and held one-on-one discussions with the participants. Dr. Aadil Nakhoda, economics professor at IBA, gave a special lecture on Pakistan's exports with special attention to the largest sector- textiles.
Maheen Rahman, CEO of money manager Alfalah GHP, spoke on the Pakistan stock market while economist Sakib Sherani discussed the plans for the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
There was also a unit on ethics for journalists, discussed by the CEJ director, Kamal Siddiqi during which he stressed the need for objectivity and integrity in reporting. New York Times columnist and writer, Bina Shah told how journalists can use social media to gather information and tell stories.
At the conclusion of the course, students developed a solid understanding of the elements of a news article, and were able to identify, report and structure news and feature stories.
The training concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony at the CEJ-IBA and end note speeches by director CEJ, and trainers- Susan Chandler and Naween Mangi. Ali Habib, head of corporate affairs and marketing at UBL was also present to give away the certificates.
Modern Newsroom Management
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) recently concluded a training for senior editors and newsroom managers from May 16th to 20th, 2016. The "Newsroom Management" course was attended by 33 senior journalists from all over Pakistan, representing various media organizations.
This intensive course was co-taught by Bob Gabordi, executive editor of Florida Today, and renowned journalist and director CEJ, Kamal Siddiqi.
"Newsroom Management" explored the challenges of managing the modern newsroom, including balancing the demands of legacy media along with using new tools, such as video, and podcasting. This specialized course discussed creating and using metrics to measure success, what metrics are really important and how to achieve success that matters.
The course also explored internal and external demands on time, getting the most from limited resources, achieving balance in deploying resources, engagement with the key audiences, creating investigative teams and innovating coverage topics. In addition to the regular lectures, the participants also got a chance to interact with the deputy engagement editor and director of broadcasting at Florida Today, Rob Landers, on creating video and podcasts. He joined in via Skype to speak to the students of and answered their questions.
Expressing his thoughts on teaching in Pakistan, trainer Bob Gabordi said, "We took what should be at least a semester course and offered it in one week. I think it was still very meaningful in opening eyes to new ideas and approaches, resistance broke down quickly and I think it will make a difference for these journalists in all of their careers."
He said that finding the Center for Excellence in Journalism at the IBA was truly refreshing. "Pakistani journalists now have a place to go for real professional development. It is modern in its technology and approaches, and it is amazing to watch how happy it makes the journalists to be here and to undertake this training," added Gabordi.
On the last day of training, students of "Newsroom Management" course shared their learning with the students and their trainers. They told the class how their experience will influence their newsrooms and what changes they would like to incorporate.
One of the participants who is a senior producer at Express News-Lahore, Abdul Jabbar said, "Going to CEJ was an amazing and wonderful experience. As a member of broadcast newsroom, I was a bit nervous when I learned about the trainers of this course, but after meeting Bob and Kamal, my prospective changed and I took back couple of very useful things that can make my newsroom very rich and more professional."
The training concluded with certificate distribution ceremony and end note speeches by trainers - Kamal Siddiqi and Bob Gabordi- and Program Manager CEJ, Christie Marie Lauder.
Print and Digital News Design
KARACHI: After the "Advanced Documentary Production" training for broadcast journalists, the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) conducted a workshop for print and digital journalists on "News Design" from April 18th to 29th, 2016. Held at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, this unique course utilized the CEJ's newly inaugurated facilities at IBA's Aman Tower. The course was attended by 16 journalists, developers and designers from all over Pakistan, representing various organizations.
This intensive course was taught by Ramla Mahmood, senior product designer from Vox Media. Based in Washington, D.C., Mahmood is currently working on creating a unified design system across apps. She is also a board member for the Society of News Design (SND).
"Teaching at CEJ has been an unforgettable experience. Karachi as a city carries a lot of energy and the media here is covering fascinating work that deserves larger recognition. As an instructor my goal was to instil design skills that can help push newsrooms towards more innovative and web oriented solutions," expressed Mahmood.
The "Print and Digital News Design" course covered cross-platform news design. Participants were introduced to visual journalism and learned to create compelling visuals for both print and digital editorial content. Through hands-on exercises, participants gained an understanding of design concepts, choosing typefaces, the impact of colour on perception and behaviour, and how to tell engaging stories via the value addition of editorial design.
The students also learned about different components of creating a web page and attempted to create a template on their own.
For the final project, students were tasked to produce a bilingual tabloid sized weekly or an English language broadsheet that was only visual in print, yet providing snippets of news that uses specialized codes to direct the reader to an online portal.
At the end of the training, students termed their experience at CEJ as interesting and fruitful. "Learning about web development was particularly of my interest and I am looking forward to more classes in future," said one of the participants, Hira Fareed, a graphic designer at The Express Tribune.
Another student, Wasif Shakil, senior content developer at Geo News said, "It was a whole new experience for me to think as a designer which normally is a no-go area for journalists. The course helped me to also think about how a story can be told more efficiently by adding small things."
There were several guest sessions during the training module that covered specific topics. Special lectures on media ethics and journalists' safety were delivered by Kamal Siddiqi, Director CEJ, while data journalism was covered by ICFJ Knight fellow, Shaheryar Popalzai.
Jahanzaib Haque, editor Dawn.com and Rabia Ali, reporter at Express Tribune also conducted guest sessions on digital journalism.
The training concluded with certificate distribution ceremony and end note speeches by Director CEJ, Kamal Siddiqi; Program Manager, Christie Marie Lauder; and instructor Ramla Mahmood.
Advanced Documentary Production
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) recently concluded a training for broadcast journalists on "Advanced Documentary Production" from March 14th to 25th, 2016. Held at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, the production course was the first to make use of CEJ's newly inaugurated facilities in IBA's Aman Tower. The course was attended by 22 broadcast journalists from all over Pakistan and representing various organizations as well as freelance documentary filmmakers.
This intensive course was taught by the award-winning documentary director and assistant professor at Medill School of Journalism, Brent E. Huffman, along with co-trainer Asad Faruqi, cinematographer for the Academy Award winning films, A Girl in the River and Saving Face.
"Advanced Documentary Production" was the first training to take place in the newly inaugurated CEJ facilities in the Aman Tower on IBA's City Campus, which includes a functional television studio and production control room, as well as state of the art editing suites. The course was preceded by a week of online instruction and assignments from the instructors prior to the participants joining the training in Karachi for post-production and additional lessons.
"I was extremely impressed with CEJ's new state of the art building, new HD camera kits, and editing suites. This incredible new space will help fuel a new storytelling movement in Karachi told from Pakistani perspectives," said Huffman who had previously taught a beginner's documentary course at CEJ in 2015.
In the first week, participants worked remotely on story ideas, character selection and principle photography. They drafted a treatment for their documentary ideas and consulted with the instructors to develop their ideas further.
During week two, participants attended a series of lectures on storytelling, cinematography, sound recording, editing, and then moved towards one-on-one individual sessions. Students in the course had access to professional HD cameras, microphones and Adobe Premiere editing suites.
Screening of the final projects took place on the last day of training, during which the participants presented trailers and selections from their in-progress documentaries. Their work received applause from the trainers, fellow students, and CEJ staff.
"It was a real pleasure to teach alongside Brent to a great group of very experienced journalists. Their newly acquired skills will help them to tell important, well-crafted and engaging stories of our time," said Faruqi.
The participants termed their experience as "productive and eye-opening". One of the participants, Nadeem Zaeem from Express News said, "I've worked for 15 years as producer and produced lots of stories but this course was really advanced for me as I learned many new production techniques."
The training concluded with certificate distribution ceremony and end note speeches by CEJ Acting Director, Christie Marie Lauder, and instructors Brent Huffman and Asad Faruqi.View Gallery
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) recently hosted its tenth workshop, "Investigative Journalism". Held from February 1st to 5th, 2016 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi, this intensive week long course was taught by Josh Meyer of the Medill School of Journalism in Chicago, and Mubashir Zaidi, Editor at the Dawn Media Group.
The CEJ program was attended by twenty-two working reporters representing numerous media organizations across Pakistan. The training taught the students basic techniques and tools of investigative and accountability reporting, while also proving resources to further their education in this important and underutilized aspect of journalism in Pakistan.
During their sessions, Meyer and Zaidi discussed how the reporters can apply these techniques and tools in their everyday reporting, as well as in more in-depth pieces. Their advice is applicable across all platforms, whether the reporters work in print, web or broadcast media.
Investigative reporting, at its essence, is not only covering news that is readily publicly available, but also uncovering the information that vested interests – government agencies, private companies and others – don't want the public to know about. Through varied hands-on exercises and class assignments, the trainers demonstrated how this often frustrating and sometimes dangerous task can be accomplished by dedicated reporting.
The students explored the best ways to use two key sources of information—people and documents – and tell compelling stories based on the information they provide. Zaidi and Meyers also touched upon maintaining and protecting the sources, and how keep them talking to them even after critical stories have been published.
Special guest Kathy Gannon, Associated Press special regional correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan, lectured via Skype and spoke about her experience reporting in both countries. Being a foreigner, she told the participants how she developed a network and used her contacts. "I do my work exact the same way I do it in Canada - my homeland," Gannon said. "I don't feel alien while doing my work in Pakistan and follow the same standards that are practiced anywhere," she added.
Besides discussing the tools and technologies of investigative reporting, the trainers also explained the complicated and ever-changing rules of engagements with sources, libel, invasion of privacy laws and other key legal issues. Kamal Siddiqi, Editor of The Express Tribune, was invited as a guest speaker to elaborate on the subject with specific reference to Pakistani media in a follow-up session.
While discussing the importance of good and compelling topics, Meyer and Zaidi told the students how such ideas can be pitched to the editors in order to win time, resources and approval they need for investigative projects. The trainers also discussed tapping into the community of muckrakers not only in their own country but around the world including longstanding institutions like Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. and newer ones like the Global Investigative Journalism Network, and Pakistan's own Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan.
Later, the students were tasked to pitch a story, which they will continue to work on after the course concluded in order to produce a ready-to-publish project. Both the trainers guided the students in how to manage and keeping track of large volume of material that can be produced during in depth projects. Emphasis was also placed on how to present their findings in a responsible and fair but compelling manner, using tools and techniques such as satellite imagery, drones, graphics and interactives to best tell their stories.
The training concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony and end note speeches by the trainers- Josh Meyer and Mubashir Zaidi- and Interim Director CEJ, Ms. Christie Lauder.View Gallery
TV News Reporting, Writing and Production
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) organized a training designed specifically for broadcast media professionals, "TV News Reporting, Writing and Production". Taught by Mark Albert, a CBS News correspondent, the course ran from January 11th through 22nd. Albert is a Peabody Award-winner who has been a broadcast journalist for 18 years.
The CEJ program was attended by sixteen reporters representing various media organizations across Pakistan, all of whom wanted to polish their TV news reporting skills or were aspiring to become broadcast reporters.
Through hands-on exercises and lectures, "TV News Reporting, Writing, and Production" not only provided a blueprint for journalists to determine what stories to cover and how to develop catchy story pitches, but also included lessons on writing copy that sparkles and crafting compelling videos.
In a session focused on the art of the interview, Albert explained how to ask the right questions in order to elicit illuminating and news-making answers and hold information gate-keepers accountable. To contextualize the lesson in the Pakistani media field, famous journalist and anchor Quatrina Hosain was invited to speak on the art of interviewing. Alongside, she also discussed how trends in breaking news in Pakistan differ from other countries.
During one of the sessions, Albert arranged a mock press conference with Dean and Director of IBA, Dr. Ishrat Husain, in order to provide the students an opportunity to apply the lessons of interviewing they had learned. The journalists received feedback from the trainer and Dr. Husain later.
To demonstrate the importance of shots and angles while shooting, Khaula Jamil, a photographer with Humans of Karachi, conducted a guest session. During her speech, she discussed and deconstructed various types of still shots and their significance, and shared some of her work samples.
A thoroughly interactive training, "TV News Reporting" not only focused on producing professional and captivating video packages, but also on editing quality pieces. Students learned how to create a system to follow-up on enterprise stories so that they can continue to break stories before their competition does.
Students were also exposed to investigative reporting techniques, including source development that they can use in everyday reporting to enhance their stories and bring greater benefits to their audience.
Khurram Husain, Assistant Editor at Dawn Newspaper, was a guest speaker on investigative reporting. He discussed the importance of investigative journalism and also shared some open sources that could help the reporters on uncovering vital information for their stories.
Attending via Skype, prominent journalist and international media trainer, Sherry Ricchiardi, discussed how journalists can stay safe while field reporting by following basic safety standards. She also touched on how to deal with varying kinds of pressure journalists face while covering stories, and stay unbiased in their reporting.
As part of their assignments, students went into the field and shot stories. Back at CEJ, participants edited their work as ready-to-air packages and received constructive feedback from the instructor and other members of the course. To carry out the assignments, CEJ provided the participants with news-gathering equipment and complete technical support.
At the end of the training, participants received their certificates of completion after Mark Albert and Interim Director CEJ, Ms. Christie Lauder, delivered end note speeches.View Gallery
Editing for Print
KARACHI: Known for providing quality education to journalists, the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) recently hosted a training for print media professionals, "Editing for Print". Held from December 7th to 18th, 2015 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, the course was taught by Marda Dunsky. A journalist and teacher for more than 30 years, Dunsky is a lecturer at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.
The CEJ program was attended by seventeen working reporters representing various media organizations across Pakistan, all of whom wanted to learn editing and hone their writing skills.
Students stated they found the course extremely useful and engaging as it provided them ample opportunities to both discuss matters of practice and theory with their professional peers while also applying the lessons in practical exercises.
Over two weeks, students learned basics of editing that including the "ABC" concept; to edit for Accuracy Brevity and Clarity. It also addressed language mechanics, grammar and its usage, and after several hands-on exercises, participants were able to analyze news content for coherence, detail and structure.
Besides working on editing basics, students also had lessons on journalism ethics, fundamentals of news judgment, and the importance of mastering editing skills. All sessions during the course were highly interactive in order to give students a chance to work with their peers and have one-on-one discussions with the instructor.
Through exhaustive drills on editing, writing and re-writing, participants were able to demonstrate strong understanding of news writing, editing, ethics, creating headlines, writing ledes, use of quotation and attributions, and other fundamentals of crafting an effective and error-free story.
At the end of the training, end note speeches were delivered by Dr. Framji Minwalla, Chairperson Social Sciences & Liberal Arts department at IBA, and Interim Director CEJ, Ms. Christie Lauder. Certificates of completion were distributed to the participants.
Dunsky has been a working journalist at four newspapers: Chicago Tribune, Sun-Sentinel, Telegram & Gazette and The Jerusalem Post. She is also the author of "Watch Your Words: A Writing and Editing Handbook for the Multimedia Age" which was published in June 2015 and serves as a guide for the journalists who aim to improve their copy and writing in general.
Advanced News Reporting
KARACHI: After successfully carrying out six training modules for print and broadcast journalists, the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ), organized its seventh course "Advanced News Reporting" taught by Karen Bordeleau, adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston and former senior vice president and executive editor of The Providence Journal. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University and Bryant University.
The training ran from November 2nd to 13th, 2015 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, and was attended by seventeen working reporters from various media organizations across Pakistan who wanted to hone their reporting and writing skills.
"Advanced News Reporting" significantly helped the practicing journalists deliver more informed and engaging stories to their audiences. During different sessions, students not only learned advanced reporting techniques, but also improved their interviewing and storytelling skills which helps in presenting factual information in an interesting manner – a goal which can be considered a daunting task by reporters.
The students achieved this through hands-on exercises and assignments that gave them ample opportunities to discuss their shortcomings and strengths one-on-one with their trainer, Bordeleau, who provided them in-depth insight on their write-ups and gave invaluable tips to achieve finesse in their writing.
With ethics being a serious concern for journalists, Bordeleau also discussed in detail the libel and ethical challenges faced almost on daily basis while working in the field. She introduced four journalism ethics models and discussed how reporters can make appropriate decisions in various situations. Along with studying the differences between ethical dilemmas and ethical decisions, the class also reviewed Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Codes of Ethics in order to get thorough understanding of journalistic standards.
Moreover, the students learned to improve coverage of education, health and political stories. They were introduced to the techniques and importance of explanatory and solutions-based journalism or "Journalism of Hope." Later, the students, led by a local court reporter, also visited the Sindh High Court to understand types and coverage of court stories.
The classes were generously supplemented by several guest lectures that helped the reporters understand the reporting culture and emerging forms of journalism in Pakistan and worldwide. The guests who gave special lectures included Mr. Server Moosavee, adviser to chairman at Such TV; Khurram Husain, Assistant Editor at Dawn newspaper; and Gibran Peshimam, producer at Geo News.
One of the sessions on long form and explanatory journalism was conducted by Mahim Maher, formerly with The Express Tribune while Ayesha Tammy Haq, a lawyer and broadcast journalist, discussed the laws and ethics practiced by the Pakistani media industry with special reference to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority's (PEMRA) rules and regulations.
ICFJ Knight Fellow, Shaheryar Popalzai, and Editor of The Express Tribune, Kamal Siddiqi, were also invited to deliver special lectures during the Advanced News Reporting course.
On the last day, the students presented their final assignments, which consisted of multi-platform stories on topics as various as crime, education, health and Journalism of Hope. They demonstrated their strong understanding by adopting the techniques in their news stories that were shared by Bordeleau during the sessions.
The training concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony at the CEJ and an end note speech by Dr Framji Minwalla, Acting Director CEJ and Chairperson Social Sciences & Liberal Arts department at IBA; and Program Manager CEJ, Ms. Christie Lauder.View Gallery
Feature Writing for Print
KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism organized a comprehensive 10-day training on feature writing for print that ran from October 10 through the 20th, 2015. With special focus on environmental, science and health reporting, the course was taught by Howard Wolinsky of the Medill School of Journalism and Pakistani co-trainer Zofeen T. Ebrahim, a freelance journalist formerly of Dawn News.
Held at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, around 20 professional journalists representing various media organizations from across Pakistan attended the training.
The training focused on mastering the tools of feature writing. Participants learned to write stories highlighting the human and emotional side of breaking news, as well as informing and educating audiences and readers about technical topics impacting Pakistan. They were also introduced to varying styles of feature writing, how to construct ledes that grab readers' attention, and how to engage readers in stories relating to complex topics about the environment, health and science.
Moreover, the instructor also briefed the students on how they can conduct interviews and write interesting profiles, use images effectively in features, and how audio-visuals can be embedded in the stories. Participants also practiced the fine art of pitching stories, including practice pitches for articles developed out of issues covered in the course.
Wolinsky and Ebrahim, the instructors, also conducted several sessions on the ethics of environmental, science and medical journalism, including how to evaluate and write about published scientific research and cover scientific meetings. Many of these lessons were conducted through hands-on exercises, interspersed with field trips.
To learn more about the environmental issues and pitch feature ideas, the students visited Tofiq Pasha Farm, a six-acre organic farm in the Karachi suburb of Malir. The owner, Tofiq Pasha Mooraj, warmly welcomed the students and spoke on several environmental issues and simple solutions that can be done to address them. Several feature stories from class participants have been published from this visit.
The class also visited the historical century-old Empress Market in Saddar area of Karachi along with their trainers. They interviewed several shop owners and customers to develop stories out of the visit.
During another field excursion, the trainers took the class to Kohi Goth Women's Hospital to demonstrate about health reporting. The founder of the hospital, Dr. Shershah Syed, briefed the visitors about the health issues and the treatment provided by his hospital. The students interviewed many doctors, nurses and patients, and later developed health-related features.
Rounding out the class was a line-up of distinguished Pakistani and American guest speakers who supplemented in-class lectures and discussions with their own experiences and expertise in their fields.
One of the sessions on unplanned cities was conducted by Dr. Noman Ahmed, chairman of the Department of Architecture and Planning at NED University, Karachi and Arif Hasan, chairperson of the Orangi Pilot Project-Research & Training Institute and the Urban Resource Centre in Karachi. The discussion focused on some crucial questions like what should a city look like and if Karachi is an unplanned city. The lecture was later followed by an interesting Q&A session.
Other guest speakers included Jahanzaib Haque, editor Dawn.com; Kamal Siddiqi, editor Express Tribune and Aleem Ahmed from monthly Global Science.
Several international media icons joined in via Skype to deliver insightful lectures during the feature writing class. Jon Hamilton, science correspondent for National Public Radio in Washington, DC, discussed tips for reporting science on radio. He also briefed the students on how reporting is different on radio as compared to print.
Charles Whitaker, Professor at Medill School and Helen Gurley Brown Professor, spoke about structuring stories and then how to pitch those stories to editors. Another guest speaker from Medill School, Abigail Foerstner, talked about the environmental reporting and her book about Cahokia Mounds and climate change. She also briefed the students on how they can find environmental, health and science stories, and answered questions.
Casey Bukro, former Chicago Tribune environmental writer, addressed how to develop an environmental beat in Pakistan, an area of coverage lacking in the Pakistani press. He was the first US reporter to win an assignment on the environmental beat in an American paper. Casey described how to find and recognize environment and science stories, along with addressing the ethical issues faced by the journalists.
Another guest session was with the journalist and author of EPIC Measures, Jeremy Smith, who shared with the class how to use an online tools to track disease pattern changes in Pakistan and compare that data with other countries.
The training concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony at the CEJ and an end note speech by the trainers and Babar Taimoor, Program Director at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).View Gallery
Basics of News Reporting & Writing-Print
Karachi: CEJ organized a comprehensive two-week training for print journalists on 'Basics of News Reporting and Writing' from August 10 to 21, 2015 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. More than twenty working reporters from various print organizations across Pakistan attended the training module.
The course was taught by James Miller, instructor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and a local co-instructor, Naween Mangi who is a freelance journalist and former Pakistan Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News.
The course focused on the fundamentals of print media reporting and writing, with hands-on exercises, field trips and guest speakers supplementing in-class lectures and discussions. The class topics included the reporter's role in society, how print coverage differs from broadcast news, and the distinction between 'hard news' and feature writing.
Along with studying the classic who-what-where-when-why structure of news articles, the students also gained insight on how to structure and conduct interviews, develop stories, and write for digital news platforms. There was also a unit on 'Ethics for Journalists' that stressed the need for objectivity and integrity while reporting.
Some other fundamental topics included financial news reporting, how to cover labor issues and the social sector, and profile writing. On Independence Day, the students were sent out to conduct 'man-on-the-street' interviews, and later submitted a feature piece as part of their assignment. Many of the profiles developed from this exercise have been published in prominent newspapers.
The students also visited Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE), where they were briefed by Managing Director, Nadeem Naqvi, on KSE's basic functions. The visit served as a practical demonstration on how the reporters can cover a press conference and conduct interviews effectively.
Several guest speakers who are prominent media professionals also highlighted the crucial trends and issues of the industry. The speakers included Kamal Siddiqi, Editor at The Express Tribune; Bina Shah, New York Times columnist and writer, and veteran journalist Zubeida Mustafa from Dawn newspaper.
Speaking on multimedia journalism, Kamal Siddiqi said that in these competitive times, reporters should be competent in both English and Urdu languages. Secondly, they should be technology efficient to survive in the fast-paced digital environment. He also discussed the importance and impact of social media and data journalism.
Bina Shah delivered an insightful lecture on using social media both as a reporter and to source information for reporting. She said that it's crucial that newsrooms standardize and strategize social media for their publications and channels. She further emphasized that social media is a fantastic tool for content and idea generation, research, networking and promotion.
Zubeida Mustafa spoke on covering health and education sectors during her session. Part of her lecture focused on how reporting on the social sector was different during her journalistic career and how it has evolved over time. She feels that technology has largely empowered the media.
The participants had engaging discussions with the guest speakers and asked intriguing and insightful questions.
By the conclusion of the course, the students had developed a solid understanding of the elements of a news article, and were able to identify, report, and structure news and feature stories.
The training concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony at the CEJ and an end note speech by the trainers and Dr Framji Minwalla, Chairperson Social Sciences & Liberal Arts department at IBA.View Gallery
The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) organized Pakistan's first data journalism event in the month of May from 7th to 9th at the IBA City Campus, Karachi. The 3-day FREE data bootcamp, d|Bootcamp Karachi, aimed at exploring and accessing government and civic data and the ways this information can be presented for public consumption. CEJ offered this groundbreaking workshop in conjunction with Hacks/Hackers Pakistan and the ICFJ Knight Fellow.
The workshop was open to journalists, coders/ developers, designers, and civic activists from across Pakistan and was conducted jointly by a team of esteemed international and local trainers.
d|Bootcamp was designed to instruct trainees on how to make sense of large government datasets and then translate that complex information into useful tools for citizens. The intensive 3-day workshop taught the participants to work together in multidisciplinary teams, pooling together their skillsets to produce data driven stories, maps, visualization and run civic engagement campaigns that can improve citizens' access to information and services. Additionally, the training introduced participants to like-minded people from the media, civil society and technology spaces who are interested in cross-sector collaboration.
Ms. Nadia Zaffar, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ), formally inaugurated the data journalism workshop. She welcomed the trainers and participants of the event and reiterated that the Centre is committed to bridge the gaps that exist in the Pakistani journalism industry and will continue to provide a platform for improving journalistic practices.
Trainers from Code for Africa, International Centre for Journalists' Knight Fellow, and the Technology for People Initiative (TPI) at LUMS collaborated with aspiring Pakistani data journalists working in tandem with technologists and digital designers on team projects. The training emphasized hands-on learning and personal consultations with the trainers and several prominent Pakistani mentors.
The session's main leaders from Code for Africa included Justin Arenstein, and Serah Njambi-Rono while Friedrich Lindenberg and Rahma M. Mian are ICFJ Knight Fellows.
Justin Arenstein, during one of his sessions, discussed the power of open data and why one should care about data journalism. He also focused on building teams that have all the skills to create award-winning projects. Later, he carried out an extremely insightful session on building tools that citizens really use.
Friedrich Lindenberg and Serah Njambi-Rono conducted sessions on data scraping during which the participants learned about tools used to extract data without learning to program. The tools included Tabula, Comet Docs, Scraper Wiki, Import.io, Chrome Scraper plugin, among others.
Fahad Sultan and Hamza Humayun represented TPI-LUMS and reviewed the data portals on Pakistan, ranging from budget and developmental infra-structure, to economic and demographic information. They also conducted a hands-on session on mapping geographic information using Google Maps and several other tools.
The occasion also included prominent mentors and guests who touched upon important related issues in their areas of expertise. One of such guests was Mr. Zahid Abdullah, Program Manager at the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), who spoke on how to utilize the Right to Information (RTI) law. Another guest speaker, Amna Iqbal, Creative Head at Dawn Media Group, presented examples of visualizing information to tell a story and offered useful tips on how to accomplish that goal. Shaheryar Popalzai from Hacks/Hackers Pakistan gave an overview of data journalism practices in Pakistan and discussed ways of improving them.
d|Bootcamp concluded with a public panel discussion on 'Challenges and Possibilities of Working with Data in Pakistan'. The discussion aimed to capstone the course with an energetic panel talk followed by open Q&A session on work being done around data in Pakistan.
The discussion was moderated by Khurram Husain, Assistant Editor at Dawn Newspaper. The panelists included Asif Saeed Memon, Associate Fellow at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI); Saman Naz, Data and Evidence Campaign Manager at Alif Ailaan; Burhan Rasool, Director Software Engineering at Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Govt. of Punjab; and Fahim Zaman, Dawn GIS and former administrator Karachi.
The panel discussion was followed by final presentations of prototypes developed by the workshop groups. Teams competed for seed funding and technical support to continue to build their projects into working public apps or services. In the end, five groups were voted as winners for their brilliant ideas.
Dr. Ishrat Husain, Dean & Director IBA, and Nadia Zaffar, Director CEJ, gave the closing remarks and later distributed certificates among the winning participants.
d|Bootcamp created a lot of excitement in the media and technology circles, even appearing as a trending topic on Pakistani Twitter. Many of the discussions surrounding the training and the topics offered can be viewed on the d|Bootcamp Storify archive, https://goo.gl/aRFxOC.
CEJ is an initiative for the professional development, training and networking of Pakistani journalists and media professionals. It is a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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Short TV Documentary Production
Shortly after the second training concluded successfully, CEJ organized the third training, "Short TV Documentary Production", taught by the award-winning documentary maker/director and assistant professor of journalism at Medill School of Journalism, Brent E. Huffman. He is also the director of long-form television programs.
The training module on documentary production provided the students with a comprehensive overview of video production, specifically geared towards producing short documentaries that tell human stories. Emphasis was put on the use of character, conflict, drama, and surprise in telling those documentary stories. The class studied different documentary styles and how narrative structures like story arcs are implemented.
Students learned documentary production with a journalism focus: reporting, camera technique, and sound recording in the field. After working in pairs, students created a three-five minute documentary projects that were screened on the last day of training.
Instructor Brent Huffman, while sharing his thoughts about his maiden visit to Karachi and teaching the participants, said that he was blown away by the work his students had produced as part of their final project and said that he would love to visit Pakistan again. Later, Brent and Director CEJ Nadia Zaffar distributed the certificates among the successful participants.
Assistant Professor and currently the Chairperson of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at IBA, Dr Framji Minwalla was also present on the occasion and shared the long-term plans for the CEJ.View Gallery
Business and Economic Reporting
CEJ organized a comprehensive two-week training on 'Business and Economic Reporting' from January 26 to February 6, 2015 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. Seventeen working journalists primarily business and commerce reporters/editors nominated by their respective newsrooms across Pakistan participated in the training module.
The course was taught by the award-winning journalist Susan Chandler, professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a local co-instructor, Khurram Husain who is a veteran business journalist and Assistant Editor at Dawn News.
The course curriculum covered the fundamentals of business journalism and aimed at preparing the participants to report on a wide range of news and feature stories on business topics. The participants worked on breaking down and analyzing the components of corporate earnings statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements in order to write sophisticated pieces on the financial reports issued by publicly held companies.
Learning how to navigate and acquire important open-source data that is currently available but underutilized, such as information from NEPRA, OGRA, and SBP, were also part of the curriculum. Basics of financial markets and international economics, important ratios that help determine a company's financial health, and exploring various story forms including trends, small-business profiles and corporate-outlook pieces were also taught during the training.
In order to translate the curriculum into practical learning experience, CEJ arranged visits to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), historical State Bank Museum, and Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) where the participants were briefed by Abid Qamar, Chief Spokesperson SBP and Iftikhar Vohra, President KCCI respectively.
As part of their practical assignments, journalists also visited Bolton Market in search of stories from individuals and small business owners on how they are affected by Pakistan's economy. After working on the stories as part of class, the participants were tasked with getting their pieces published in their respective newspapers by the CEJ instructors.
The visiting journalists were honored with a luncheon hosted by the Karachi Press Club (KPC), where the governing body officials presented them with the traditional Ajrak.
Several guest speakers also brought their expertise on the matters related to financial industry of the country to the training. The speakers included Mr Arshad Zuberi, Deputy Chief Executive Business Recorder; Mr Sayem Ali, Country Economist with Standard Chartered Bank; Mr Zahid Hussain, Unit Head Budgeting from MCB and Dr Aadil Nakhoda, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Centre for Business and Economic Research – IBA.
The training concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony at the CEJ-IBA and an end note speech by Dean & Director IBA, Dr Ishrat Husain. Director CEJ & Assistant Professor, Nadia Zaffar, and Program Director International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Babar Taimoor, were also present on the occasion.View Gallery
Backpack/Mobile Multimedia Journalism
It was just a couple of years back that one wondered about the possibility that all you required to be an interactive media journalist were still Polaroid, Camcorder, Sound Recorder, Tripod, Receivers and editing apparatus. With the cell phone technologies and advancements, all these necessities are in your pocket.
This course was introduced in order to help journalists, who are working in modern day media, to become stronger storytellers at a professional level, fusing photographs, sound, feature and intelligent components into their reporting. In contemporary time, advanced gadgets have enabled news coverage easy and most accessible at any place.
Backpack/Mobile Multimedia Journalism course was conducted from September 24 to October 3, 2014 and was taught by an award-winning video journalist Professor Craig Duff from the Medill University of Journalism. He is also a documentary director, producer and writer, specializing in multi-platform storytelling and solo journalism. Before joining Medill, he worked at TIME, New York Times and CNN, and won an Emmy award for new approaches in news and documentary programming.
Initially, the course covered essential photography skills that included composition, lighting, editing and storytelling as it reinforced the individual's visual sense. From that point, the course moved towards sound recording and editing where it enabled the journalists to explore some free (or minimal cost) journalism that offer approaches to captivate viewers/per-users with extraordinary sorts of photographs, intuitive pictures and maps, and approaches to utilize sources like Instagram to serve the audience in smart and ethical ways.
The latter stage of the training focused on utilizing a smart mobile device to record video. After a day of guideline and activities, understudies ventured out to make a short feature story which trainees then edited in our state-of-the-art Mac lab.
By the end of the course, the participants created a multimedia package that incorporated a composed story, photos, a feature and a sound or interactive component.View Gallery