A four-day workshop for Pakistani female television journalists, supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), kicked off on 10 April in Karachi. A total of 17 journalists working for different TV channels took part in the workshop, with the main objective to strengthen their professional capacity in news gathering and production.
The sessions covered a brief history of the media, the characteristic of state versus private television channels, the importance of the credibility of journalists and anchors, the newsroom cycle, and news gathering.
One of the instructors, Ms Muniba Gull, a senior producer with Star Asia News TV channel, gave a presentation on the media status in Pakistan, including the difference between state and private news television channels. She also talked about biased and unbiased reporting, and the issues of journalist and anchor credibility.
Another trainer, Mr Kavi Shankar, Assignment Editor of Dawn News TV, touched upon the issues of basic elements and types of news, as well as news gathering and creation. The relevance of media ethics was also covered during the first day of the workshop.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop, Ms Fauzia Shaheen, Executive Director of Women Media Centre (WMC) of Pakistan, an organization acting as UNESCO’s partner in implementing the workshop, explained to the participants that IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks to promote a healthy environment for the growth of free, independent and pluralistic media in developing countries.
During the training course, producers, news anchors, news directors, copy editors, cameramen working with different news TV channels shared their expertise and professional tips with the workshop participants.
The Karachi workshop is the first in the series of six similar workshops that are organized between now and September 2013 in six different major cities of Pakistan, namely Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad and Islamabad.