U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism


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.

Fellows August 9, 2016 - September 10, 2016

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  • 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?