Pakistan

Oct 62014

Pakistani Journalists Make Headlines in U.S. Media

The eleventh group of Pakistani journalists to participate in the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism returned home recently full of new ideas and fresh perspectives. After four days in Washington, D.C., the journalists spent three weeks at newspapers across the U.S. - from Los Angeles to Tallahassee.

Pakistan: Driving citizen engagement and collaboration on open data

Knight International Journalism Fellow Rahma Muhammad Mian launched a series of flagship projects to spark data journalism and citizen engagement through open data in Pakistan. To foster a community of collaboration among journalists and technologists, she launched Hacks/Hackers Pakistan. She also held key events to kickstart data-driven projects, including Pakistan’s first data bootcamp in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Journalism and Code for Africa.

Jul 142014

Of Course We Drive Cars in Pakistan

Last month, 19 journalists from Pakistan returned home after completing three-week fellowships in newsrooms across the United States, bringing the total number of Pakistani journalists to participate in the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism to over 140.

From Topeka to Tallahassee, the fellows shadowed reporters and anchors, produced stories for their host media organizations, and experienced American culture at its core - in U.S. communities.

Jul 32014

A Nightmare Turned Beautiful

Most of us have been through travel nightmares that over time have turned into fond memories. Maybe you were lost for hours while in a place where nobody spoke your language, but you ended up making great friends and learned how to live alone. This is what happened with me.

Midhat

"Denver is similar to Islamabad— the city I have chosen to call home back in Pakistan," said Pakistani journalist Midhat Ali Zaidi. "It’s an urban center, yet in close proximity to the mountains."

Jul 32014

Coming to Colorado

Away from home and away from those who had escorted the fellows of the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism exchange program in Washington, D.C., preparing us for any culture shock we might experience, that is how I began my three-week work placement in Denver.

I have to admit that I felt a sense of disappointment when I learned where I would be working in the United States prior to my departure from Pakistan. I had been expecting to be placed somewhere like New York.

Jun 202014

Being A Fellow

It seemed to be an interesting possibility from the very beginning when I filed the application with the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. I applied at the last moment of course, as would be expected of me, running off to the general post office in Islamabad and depositing the envelope in person just 10 minutes before the office shut down. Then, I got an interview call. It all seemed surreal, as if it was not happening to me at all.

The idea of going to the United States for the first time and to actually be able to work there for a broadcast media outlet would be no less than a dream for a workaholic like me. The U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism instantly became the highlight of my very happening and fast-developing life.

Jun 202014

ICFJ Fellow Finds Ann Arbor "Not Far from Home"

Earlier this month, the tenth group of Pakistani journalists arrived in the United States as a part of ICFJ’s U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. Since its inception in 2011, the program has brought 146 Pakistani journalists to the U.S. for three-week fellowships in newsrooms across the country.

Throughout the journalists’ time in the U.S., they not only learn how American media operate.

Roadblocks Along the New Silk Road

Journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives were invited to apply to a program that aimed to connect 21-30 year old journalists in South Asia for joint reporting projects that explored topics relating to migration and issues affecting women and young people in the region, while also training the journalists on investigative journalism and responsible reporting in the digital age. The program, run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, had two phases.

Pak Election 2013 - Taimoor

Pakistanis attending the Pashtoon Khuwa Awami Party election event in Quetta. Courtesy of Muhammed Idrees.