Amber Rahim Shamsi - Director CEJ
The 1.5-year long program allows students to immerse themselves in all forms of journalism – digital, audio and video – and gain practical experience in a newsroom.
CEJ organizes trainings, workshops and webinars for journalists, media personnel and senior excecutives from across Pakistan on a range of topics related to journalism.
Wellbeing Centre is an initiative of CEJ in collaboration with DW Akademie. It runs a free clinic which provides free of cost counselling services for Journalists and Media workers.
Absar Alam has been a print and electronic media journalist for 27 years. He has reported for national and international news originations including The Muslim, The Nation, The News, NYT, CNN, Tokyo Shimbun, Al-Ahram, on Afghanistan, terrorism, political economy, social issues, international relations, earthquake and floods. He was Nieman Fellow for a year of studies at Harvard in 2004-2005. Absar worked as newsroom leader with Islamabad Bureau of Geo News and Director News Dunya News. He also hosted a primetime current affair show with Aaj Tv for seven years. Absar worked as Country Head Open Society Foundation, a George Soros philanthropy organization, from 2009 to 2015. In 2015 he joined PEMRA as its Chairman for two years. His twitter handle is @AbsarAlamHaider
Adnan Aamir is a journalist, researcher, and trainer working in the field of journalism for almost 10 years. He works mainly as a freelance journalist covering Balochistan, International Affairs, regional geopolitics, and Belt and Road Initiative among others. His journalistic works have been published in Financial Times, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, Asia Times, Business Standard, The News International, The Friday Times, Dawn among others. He has also written research reports for Lowy Institute, Jamestown Foundation, Center for Strategic and International Studies among others. Aamir is also the founding editor of Balochistan Voices, a community-based online news outlet covering Balochistan. He has also received advanced training in data journalism and digital security.
Amber Rahim Shamsi is an award-winning multi-media journalist and free speech advocate, with wide-ranging experience in television, radio, online and the print media. She is also an International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (ICFJ) fellow. She is currently head of communications at Tabadlab, a public policy think tank, consults with Media Matters for Democracy, a research and advocacy organisation working on freedom of expression, the media and the internet in Pakistan. She has also participated twice in the Jinnah Institute's India-Pakistan Track II Chaophraya Dialogue as an Emerging Leader. Ms. Shamsi has hosted three news and current affairs shows on mainstream news.
Aoun Abbas Sahi Sahi is Islamabad based award-winning journalist, researcher, media trainer and development communication specialist having a vast experience of working with local and international media as well as development sector organizations. In 2016, Sahi shared The Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He won International Labour Organization (ILO) Pakistan's "Excellence in Labour Journalism Award" for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014. A Daniel Pear/AFPF fellow, Aoun worked as a reporter with The Wall Street Journal's Atlanta bureau, for five months in 2010.In addition to training journalists, Sahi had been teaching at the country's top universities. Sahi has worked with several global media houses.
Hina Ali is a film editor and director based in Brooklyn, New York. Hina's body of work reflects her personal journey as a modern Muslim woman and her passion for storytelling. Her films include the feature documentaries such as Emmy-nominated Among the Believers and Insha’Allah Democracy.
Hina's work can be seen on PBS, BBC, Vice, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Starz, and, Cheddar. In Pakistan, Hina worked for various media outlets including Dawn News, SOC Films, Aaj News, The Express Tribune, and The Nation. Hina’s articles have been cited in international media including the NPR. She is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (2013) and Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellow (2017).
Sahar Habib Ghazi is a design thinking trainer, journalist, strategist, and community-builder. She has led trainings for the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at IBA, Digital Rights Foundation, International Red Cross Committee, Punjab Police, Punjab Prosecution and UNICEF. As a JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 2010-2011, Sahar studied design-thinking, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Sahar ran digital news operations at Global Voices from 2012-2018, where she built systems and nurtured communities to produce reporting on 150 countries in 30 languages. Sahar has reported for The New York Times; produced for Geo TV and DawnNews TV, a channel she helped launch in 2007. Sahar currently runs WorkPlay, a training and consulting company that leverages design thinking and improv to nurture innovation, inclusive collaboration, and agile leadership.
Shahzad Sharjeel Shahzad Sharjeel is a columnist for a national English daily and a development practitioner. He also teaches university level courses in International Relations, Development, and Media Sciences. His first book of poetry was published in 2008 and second book to come out this year.
Mahim Maher is the news editor of independent weekly The Friday Times. She has been working as a journalist in Karachi for 17 years, managing newsrooms and large teams of reporters, subeditors and photographers. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (one-year programme) from the University of Melbourne, Australia; she studied Creative Writing at Concordia University, Montreal, and has a B.A. in Modern Languages (Russian and German) and Mathematics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She is a Daniel Pearl fellow and a Jefferson fellow. Maher has served as the founding metropolitan editor for the Karachi sections of two national English newspapers, Daily Times and The Express Tribune.
Khurram Husain is a leading business and economy journalist in Pakistan. He is an Assistant Editor at Dawn newspaper, and writes one of Pakistan's most widely read business and economy columns. He was Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2013-2014, where he carried out archival research on the history of Pakistan's relationship with the IMF. He is an invited contributor by Routledge for their handbook on Pakistan (forthcoming), and is working on a book on the history of Pak-IMF relations. He also has television experience, where he made documentaries, anchored discussions on economic affairs, put together day-long special transmissions as well as managed the daily news flow. He has worked with the BBC, Express News, and Dawn News.
Ayaz Imtiaz Ahmed Khan
is a multimedia trainer, researcher and technology specialist (System Administrator Broadcast IT) at Express News. For the last two years, Khan has led the development of Mobile Journalism production model that harnesses the potential of smartphones as content creation devices. He has also trained the journalists at Express News Karachi and Lahore bureaus with concepts and storytelling techniques.
Khan also led a research program for MoJo in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad regions. This program was based on hands-on testing with professional mobile gadgets, journalist reviews, discussions and collaboration with national and international journalists, speakers and instructors. Khan has led the following projects at Express News: MoJo, Drone Live PSL'17, Web TV and Mobile Studio, 360 Photo and Video research-based project and Broadcast Information Technology.
Shahzeb Ahmed Hashim is a Lecturer of digital news reporting and data journalism. He started his career in journalism with The Express Tribune, an English language national daily affiliated with the New York Times. He worked on the Karachi desk for three years, where he was second-in-charge to the City Editor. He has reported on a range of issues in the fields of health, science, politics, crime, urban issues etc., besides working on special reports during elections and budget announcements. Shahzeb graduated with a Master's in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University in June 2017.
The Data Journalism training is very effective and useful for me. As a researcher I have learnt about how to enrich my study or stories with appropriate data. This training includes every smallest detail like from finding data till utilizing it in an interesting way.Hadia Khalil (Participant)
Humanitarian Reporting was a tailor-made workshop for working journalists who wish to explore the humanitarian report sphere. The pandemic has more than ever made it clear that a focus on human beings, not just in journalism, is paramount and this training can prove an important stepping stone in my journalistic career.Saqib Tanveer (Participant)
I thoroughly enjoyed taking the CEJ class on conflict reporting. CEJ staff was professional during the planning and execution phases and the student body was relevant to the subject and eager to learn. I was happy to share my practical experiences with the next generation of journalists in the hope that they could help them operate safely in difficult environments.Ayesha Tanzeem (Trainer)
My five years of experience as a Mobile Journalism trainer at CEJ have been most enriching. The Centre offers great opportunities for journalists, journalism students and even citizens to foster and grow both professionally and personally. Working at CEJ has polished my own skillset and that has consequently helped me enhance my training sessions.Ayaz Khan (Trainer)