Pakistani Participants Make Headlines in U.S. Media

Jun 272011

The first group of Pakistani journalists on ICFJ's U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism program returned home recently full of ideas for improving their media. After a week in Washington, D.C., the journalists spent three weeks working at U.S. radio and TV stations from Baltimore to San Diego. Participants published stories on their host stations’ websites and were featured in many broadcast stories on issues including U.S.-Pakistan relations and the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Media Highlights:

5 Eyewitness News Hosts Journalist From Pakistan: Sohail Akhter is a reporter and producer with PTV in Pakistan. Akhter spent his days observing the working journalists in the 5 Eyewitness Newsroom in Minneapolis, and his free time seeing the sights in the state, among them Lake Superior, a Twins game and the Mall of America.

What I did not find in America: A special report published on KGW News in Portland, Oregon, by participant Adeel Ahmad Amir from Geo TV (Lahore). Amir sums up his trip and talks at length about his experience in the United States and his interactions through the program.

Pakistani Journalists talk about covering news in a War zone: Adeel Ahmad Aamir (Geo TV, Lahore) and Bushra Bibi (SAMAA TV) are working at KGW News Channel 8 in Portland, Oregon.

U.S.-Pakistani Officials Work to Hit 'Reset' Button: This article on US-Pakistan relations by Abid Khurshid was published on PBS News Hour's website. Khurshid is a diplomatic Reporter for ATV based in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Journalist from Pakistani Tribal Areas Shares Impressions of Austin: Tayyeb Afridi works for Radio FATA, in the North West of Pakistan. He is currently attached with KUT 90.5 FM Radio in Austin, Texas.

Questions Remain After Pakistan's Independent Probe Into Bin Laden Case: This article was written by Abid Khurshid, a diplomatic Reporter for ATV in Islamabad, who is working at PBS News hour in Arlington, Virginia.

Visiting Pakistani Journalists Reacts to Bin Laden Retaliation Bombing: Ali Imran Bangash, who is working at WGAL in Pennsylvania, reacted to the terrorist attack just 15 miles from his home in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Journalist offers Insight into US-Pakistan relations: Madiha Javed Qureshi of Express News Karachi discussed US-Pakistan Relations and the death of Osama Bin Laden on News10 (ABC 10) in San Diego.

Car Bombing Claims Pakistani Tribal Journalist: Tayyeb Afridi produced this audio story at KUT 90.5 FM in Austin, Texas, about how a journalist friend of his was killed in a car blast in Pakistan.

Pakistani Journalists Follow Events From U.S.: Pakistani journalists Naxish Zafar and Shumaila Jaffery were interviewed by Baltimore, Maryland's WBAL TV about Osama Bin Laden's death and the future of US-Pakistan relations.