Feb 262013

U.S. and Pakistani Journalists Alike Move Past 'Them Versus Us' Mentality

When Pakistani producer Arsalan Asad first came to the United States, he was shocked to hear that ordinary Americans did not know how to find his country on a map, or associated it only with terrorism and fundamentalism. But after four weeks, he learned Americans were eager to know about a Pakistan beyond the headlines. He even discovered a mini-Pakistan in Coney Island, NY, where restaurants serve traditional Pakistani meals and signs are in Urdu.

Feb 262013

At 'Pivotal Point' for Pakistan, Exchange Opens Journalists’ Perceptions

ICFJ Director and acclaimed author Joanne Leedom-Ackerman interviewed dozens of Pakistani and U.S. participants at ICFJ’s exchange program alumni summit in Islamabad in February. “Unless you touch the grass in each other’s yards, you won’t know each other,” one Karachi journalist who spent almost a month working with U.S. journalists in Arizona told her.