organic farm

Farrah Fazal of KRGV-TV in Texas interviews organic farmers outside of Lahore. Photo courtesy of Michael Clapp.

talking to students

"There is so much security everywhere you go," notes Alicia Dean of KXAN-TV in Austin, who visited a science and tech park in Karachi as part of ICFJ's exchange program. Photo: Michael Clapp.

USPak group photo

Pakistani alumni from ICFJ's exchange program said their experiences in U.S. newsrooms transformed their attitudes and upgraded their work.

Marcus Brauchli

Vice President of The Washington Post Company Marcus Brauchli debunked the myth that U.S. audiences don’t care about international stories such as Pakistan in his keynote address.

South Asia’s Youth at Risk – Multimedia Storytelling by Young Journalists

Participants in the 2012 "Best Practices in the Digital Age for South Asian Journalists" Program interview a farmer in Sri Lanka using an iPod Touch.

Journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives were invited to apply to a program that aims to connect 21-30 year old journalists in South Asia for joint reporting projects that explore topics relating to youth and the risks young people face in the region, while also training the journalists on responsible reporting in the digital age. The program, run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and sponsored by the U.S.

Azam Shakeel Story

A woman and child featured in Azam Shakeel's award-winning documentary "Child Labor in Pakistan".

Jul 102012

"All the Stereotypes are Gone" Thanks to U.S.-Pakistan Exchange

An ICFJ exchange program for Pakistani and U.S. journalists is having one key impact: Stereotypes are going by the wayside fast. After working in U.S. newsrooms around the country, Pakistani reporters said that personal interactions with Americans helped to dispel many myths. They discovered that Americans do care deeply about family and that Muslims have a voice in U.S. society. "I had so many stereotypes when I came here," said one participant. "Would you believe that all the stereotypes have gone?

Apr 42012

'Pakistan is Much More than Osama bin Laden'

Gharida Farooqi, a broadcast reporter from Pakistan, told KSTP-TV in Minneapolis that her country is more complex and dynamic than most Americans understand. Farooqi is participating in the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism, a program run by ICFJ designed to dispel myths and build partnerships.

In this 18-minute web chat, she addresses everything from hockey to gay rights.

Feb 232012

Debating the Values of U.S. and Pakistani Media

I never saw this trip to Pakistan with the International Center for Journalists as a one-time event, a go-and-come-home gig, something that was good for creating fodder for speaking engagements around Tallahassee and not much more.

I’m not much of a sightseer for the purpose of just seeing sights, either.

Feb 232012

A Profile of Pakistan: Travails and Hopes

It was an extraordinary trip to Pakistan – a whirlwind two weeks filled with dozens upon dozens of meetings – meetings with government officials, news executives, journalists, NGOs and even an artist or two. We were wined, dined, gifted and feted. We were welcomed extravagantly, generously, sometimes lovingly. We made business contacts and we made friends. We saw amazing sights – from the ancient ruins at Taxila and extraordinary art to security checkpoints and blockades.

We learned that Pakistan is a complicated, feudal society.