Feb 212013

Should Pakistani Media Show 'Bodies or Blood?'

A new corps of trainers is teaching best practices

Less than a week after participating in an ICFJ “training of trainers” session in early February, reporter Fakhar Durrani of Dunya News was already leading a workshop on journalism ethics in his Islamabad newsroom. He’s also helping to draft his organization’s first code of ethics.

Durrani is one of 13 Pakistani journalists who participated in the three-day session, held as part the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism Program.


Shahab-Ud-Din of Aaj News in Peshawar, pictured here with trainers Hoda Osman and Sherry Ricchiardi, will introduce digital tools and safety techniques to young journalists in the tribal areas.


ICFJ's 'training of trainers' is expanding the program’s reach by helping more journalists than could be brought to the United States.

fakhar durrani

Fakhar Durrani of Dunya News in Islamabad gained skills in teaching ethics and digital tools and now plans to train reporters in remote areas.

Karachi market

TV reporter Farrah Fazal from St. Louis, at the Sunday Bazaar in Karachi, visited Pakistan through ICFJ's journalist exchange program aimed at dispelling stereotypes. Photo: Ed Esposito.


A select group of Pakistani journalists became trainers themselves—and now they are fanning across the country to teach digital skills.

google training

In hands-on workshops, Pakistani journalists learned the latest Google tools as well as investigative reporting techniques.

Pakistan panel

At the gathering in Islamabad, U.S. and Pakistani journalists debated hot topics such as how to avoid stereotypes in news coverage.


Journalists agreed that telling stories not about politics, but about real people, such as those living in the Karachi-based Edhi Foundation's home for abandoned girls, can help change perceptions. Photo: Michael Clapp.