Writing/Editing

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.

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.

Jun 112014

Calling All Journalism Professors!

The International Center for Journalists is on to something big with its Back in the Newsroom Fellowship. As one of five professors from historically black colleges selected to participate in the program, the benefit of the exposure just in the first few weeks alone has been immeasurable.

The fellowship draws educators out from behind the walls of their institutions of higher learning and pushes them into the open universe of digital content generation.

May 122014

Remembering ICFJ Founder Ruth D. Ewing

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) recently lost longtime supporter and founding director Ruth D. Ewing of Keene, New Hampshire.

Ruth was the wife of Jim Ewing, one of the three visionary founders of ICFJ. Ruth and Liebe Winship, the wife of ICFJ Founder Tom Winship, sat on ICFJ’s first board.

Ewing believed in fostering international cooperation. She remained one of ICFJ’s strongest supporters, attending its annual Awards Dinner every year.

Apr 172014

"Life is Ever Vibrant" for Pakistani Journalists Visiting the U.S.

On April 6, the ninth group of Pakistani journalists to participate in the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism returned home after spending nearly five weeks in the United States. The journalists worked in newsrooms across the country, producing reports for their host media, as well as their own.

The visiting journalists covered a range of topics, from the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to Pakistan Day in America. A few of them had the chance to talk to U.S.

Apr 92014

InfoAmazonia Will Crowdsource Environmental News

Environmental journalism site InfoAmazonia, which pioneered using satellite data for reporting, is adding a new source to its coverage: observations from the ground.

The site will gather and share information from people living and working in the Amazon, including “indigenous communities, researchers, NGOs, students and engaged citizens acting on social media,” said data journalist Gustavo Faleiros, who founded the site.

Apr 82014

Cutting-Edge Journalism Curricula Start with Tech-Savvy Teachers

The basic tenets of journalism aren’t changing--but the tools available to reporters certainly are.

Technology is advancing rapidly, especially in the field of journalism. So how are students supposed to keep up with the latest trends when their professors have not set foot in a newsroom in years?

Back In The Newsroom Fellowship

The Back In the Newsroom Fellowship will help journalism educators see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms.

Back In The Newsroom is a fellowship program that brings five professors from historically black colleges and universities to spend a summer working in digitally advanced U.S. news organizations. This “internship” will help journalism educators see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms.

The fellows will update their digital skills, develop cutting-edge curricula and strengthen relations between these newsrooms and their schools. The program will help improve diversity at leading U.S.

Jul 152013

Three Months in Washington: a Dream Internship for Tsinghua Student

Second-year Tsinghua University journalism student Wei Wei spent three months working in Washington this spring as part of the Prudential Foundation's Global Citizens Program, offered through the Washington Center.