The Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ)


Professional journalists participate in a short TV documentary production module at the CEJ in Karachi.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), along with Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), have established the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in Karachi, Pakistan. The CEJ serves as a hub for the professional development, training and networking of Pakistani journalists and media professionals from all parts of the country. It also welcomes journalists from around the world to participate in its programs.

ICFJ has a strong, long-standing connection with journalists in Pakistan. Since 2011, ICFJ has administered the largest media exchange program between U.S. and Pakistani journalists through the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership for Journalism program. This program has given ICFJ the opportunity to engage with media organizations in all parts of the country and understand the urgent need for journalism education in Pakistan.

The primary objective of the CEJ is to provide targeted, practical trainings for Pakistani journalists in print, broadcast, and digital media. Courses will be co-instructed by faculty from the Medill School, accomplished newsroom managers, editors and reporters from the U.S., and prominent media professionals from Pakistan.

Course topics are designed to meet the needs of journalists in Pakistan. Among the subjects:

  • Journalism security (physical and digital)
  • Coverage of business
  • Data journalism
  • News photography/videography
  • TV reporting and writing/TV production
  • Coverage of disasters
  • Election coverage
  • Web editing
  • Newsroom management

In addition to offering classroom and online training, the CEJ has given three Pakistani journalists the opportunity to receive Masters degrees in journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism’s campus in Evanston, Illinois. ICFJ also has facilitated visits to Pakistan by Medill graduate journalism students.

Through targeted, practical trainings and the exchange component of the program, the CEJ aims is fostering long-lasting connections between the participating universities, media outlets, and professional journalists.

Main photo courtesy of the CEJ Facebook page.

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