Thursday, October 27, 2011

Workshop on Investigative Journalism, responsible reporting

Workshop on Investigative Journalism, responsible reporting

Workshop on Investigative Journalism, responsible reporting

Staff Reporter
Thursday, October 27, 2011, Ziqad 28, 1432

Peshawar—Peshawar Press Club (PPC) along with Khyber Union of Journalists and Mishal Pakistan, a strategic communication policy design social enterprise in collaboration with the Center for International Media Ethics, Zigron Training, Center for Investigative Journalists in Bosnia-Sarajevo, Faith Matters conducted a workshop on Investigative Journalism and Responsible Reporting at the PPC on Tuesday. The workshop was attended by more than 50 journalists.

The initiative, known as Agahi covered areas such as; Investigative Journalism, Media Ethics, Anti-Money-Laundering and Terrorist Organisation Funding, Journalism and Society, Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and the Millennium Development Goals, Reporting in Terrorism and Conflict, Social Media and Safety Training.

Talking to the gathering of the members of the media, Mr. Saif ul Islam Saifi, President of the Peshawar Press Club, expressed his gratitude for creating an opportunity for the journalists and emphasized the need for more training and assured his support from the press club for improving the state of media in Peshawar. He said, “there is a need to upgrade the skills of the journalists on new media tools such as social media and crowd sourcing journalism”.

He further said that, “the Peshawar Press Club works for the capacity building and skill development of its members by organizing different professional courses”.

On a skype video link David Brewer-based out of London and founder of media-helping-media organization, emphasized on applying the public interest test to journalists, which discussed the role of governments and charity organizations in pursuing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He stressed that journalists must read the MDGs with same skepticism that they treat every other beat. Mr. Brewer is one of the pioneers in media development. He has been the founding managing director of BBC News Online Service and the

Shaukat Khattak, senior journalist and chairman of the capacity building committee of the Peshawar Press Club, also expressed that the Peshawar Press Club realizes the importance of promoting journalism that covers the political and the socio-economic system. He encouraged the need of training provided to the journalists for a better outcome.

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