U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism

See video

A multi-phase program run by ICFJ will bring 230 Pakistani media professionals to the United States and send 70 U.S. journalists to Pakistan, building long-term partnerships between news organizations.

"This program is possibly the most important we have in Pakistan, really interesting to see America through their eyes, makes me proud to be an American and hopeful about Pakistan." -- Dr. Stephen P. Cohen; Sr. Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program, The Brookings Institution

A multi-year program will bring 230 Pakistani media professionals to the United States and send 70 U.S. journalists to Pakistan. Journalists will study each other's culture as they are immersed in newsrooms in each country.

The program will be knit throughout with events and opportunities to experience U.S. life, showcasing its diversity. Similarly, the U.S. participants, who will represent the Pakistanis’ U.S. media hosts during the fellowships, will go to Pakistan for two-week programs during which they will learn the realities of Pakistani journalism and national life through site visits, interviews and opportunities to interact with journalists, officials and ordinary Pakistanis.

Participants on both sides will have opportunities to report on their experiences in each country, which will help to educate their audiences and dispel myths and misperceptions that people carry in each country about residents of the other.

Our Stories


  • 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.

  • Jul 32014

    Coming to Colorado

    Away from home and away from those who had escorted the fellows of the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism exchange program in Washington, D.C., preparing us for any culture shock we might experience, that is how I began my three-week work placement in Denver.

    I have to admit that I felt a sense of disappointment when I learned where I would be working in the United States prior to my departure from Pakistan. I had been expecting to be placed somewhere like New York.

  • 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.

  • May 82013

    Pakistan's Rural Reporters Use Social Media to Cover the Elections

    ICFJ recently conducted a program training rural Pakistani journalists how to cover the country's upcoming general elections with the aim of highlighting issues important to rural citizens. As the country prepares for its first democratic transition of power May 11, the program provided almost 40 rural journalists with mobile devices, their own wireless "hotspots," and taught them to use Facebook and Twitter to cover issues important in their communities.

  • 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.

In the News