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Multimedia Training & International Women’s Day (IWD) Event, March 08, 2019

Media Training and Research Centre (MTRC) celebrated the International Women’s Day (IWD) Event on March 08, 2019, at Margalla Hotel, Kashmir Highway, Islamabad in partnership with British High Commission Islamabad. The event celebrated International Women’s Day in line with 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter, a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

Ms. Arooj, British High Commission (BHC) made her inaugural remarks. Prof. Dr Shah Jehan Sayed CEO MTRC and Mr Aoun Sahi Program Head MTRC also spoke on the occasion. Ms. Myra Imran, prominent female journalist spoke about online harassment, its repercussions and the way forward. Joanna Reid, head of DFID Pakistan made the closing remarks and distributed among the participants the certificates of the training held a day earlier .

The IWD event was preceded by the training of female journalists from remote locations in the country on multimedia journalism on March 07, 2019. Based on an idea that skills on two mediums is better than one, MTRC planned the training just ahead of the event to facilitate the transition of these female journalist from traditional to multimedia journalism. Ms. Shumaila Jafferi, BBC; Mr Haroon Ur Rashid BBC/Independent; Mr. Jamshed Rizwani, senior journalist from Multan; Mr. Waqar Malik VOA; Mr. Hassan Bilal, BBC Urdu.com; Mr Fakhar Kakakhel, Hum News led various sessions during the training.

The testimonials of the participants of the training, young female journalists were played during the IWD event on March 08 where they spoke about their experience at the training and generally their work in the field with reference to the women day.

Training Workshop for Aspiring Citizen Journalists (March 04-08, 2019) at Deptt. of Media & Communication Studies, Hazara University

A 5-day training workshop for aspiring citizen journalists (March 04-08, 2019), including females, was conducted by Media Training and Research Center (MTRC) at the Department of Media & Communication Studies, Hazara University. The participants comprised students and fresh graduates from various faculties and socially engaged citizens.

The training will enhance the Technical and Multimedia Skills of the participants in blogging, writing / reporting online and using social media for the purpose.

The activity was undertaken with the active collaboration of the DW Academy and Department of Media & Communication Studies, Hazara University.

Training Workshop for Aspiring Citizen Journalists (February 25-March 01, 2019), Deptt. of Media & Communication Studies, Swat University

Media Training and Research Center (MTRC) conducted a 5-day training workshop for 12 aspiring citizen journalists (February 25-March 01, 2019), including females, at the Department of Media & Communication Studies, Swat University. The participants comprised students and fresh graduates from various faculties and socially engaged citizens.

The training will enhance the technical and multimedia skills of the participants in blogging, writing / reporting online and using social media for the purpose.The capacity building activity will enhance the skills of the trainees to write about society and community issues in their broadcasted/ published journalistic products. Mentoring of citizen journalists selected from the training will be done to improve their journalistic products while doing stories on various platforms.

The activity was undertaken with the collaboration of DW Academy and the Department of Media & Communication Studies, Swat University:

 

Training Workshop for Aspiring Citizen Journalists (February 4-8, 2019) Department of Media & Communication Studies, Malakand University

Media House successfully completed a 5-day training workshop for 12 aspiring citizen journalists (February 4-8, 2019), including females, at the Department of Media & Communication Studies, Malakand University.

The participants included students and fresh graduates from various faculties, socially engaged citizens, and Media House mentees of previous trainings.

The training will enhance the skills of the participants in blogging, writing / reporting online and using social media for the purpose whereas the training includes Technical and Multimedia Skills for these platforms.

The capacity building activity will enhance the skills of the trainees to write about society and community issues in their broadcasted/ published journalistic products. Mentoring of citizen journalists selected from the training will be done to improve their journalistic products while doing stories on various platforms.

The activity is being undertaken with the sponsorship of DW Academy and the collaboration of the Department of Media & Communication Studies, Malakand University.

The activity is part of a series of five similar trainings to train 60 aspiring citizen journalists in Kohat, Swat, Malakand, Mansehra, and Gilgit Baltistan. All these training are planned to be delivered at local universities with their active collaboration:

Mobile Journalism Training Workshop for Aspiring Citizen Journalists, Deptt. of Media & Communication Studies, Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST)

Media House completed a 5-day training workshop for 12 aspiring citizen journalists (January 14-18, 2019), including four females, at the Department of Media & Communication Studies, Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST).

The participants included students and fresh graduates from various faculties, socially engaged citizens, and Media House mentees of previous trainings. The training will enhance the skills of the participants in blogging, writing / reporting online and using social media for the purpose whereas the training includes Technical and Multimedia Skills for these platforms.

The capacity building activity will enhance the skills of the trainees to write about society and community issues in their broadcasted/ published journalistic products. Mentoring of citizen journalists selected from the training will be done to improve their journalistic products while doing stories on various platforms.

The activity is being undertaken with the sponsorship of DW Academy and the collaboration of the Department of Media & Communication Studies, Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST).

The activity is part of a series of five similar trainings to train 60 aspiring citizen journalists in Kohat, Swat, Malakand, Mansehra, and Gilgit Baltistan. All these training are planned to be delivered at local universities with their active collaboration:

Training workshop for 12 Local (District) Correspondents and fresh graduates at University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-November 12-16, 2018

A 5-day training workshop was conducted from November 12-16 for 12 Local (District) Correspondents and fresh graduates at University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The purpose of the training was to enhance the capacity of local journalists and fresh graduates of the university in theoretical and technical aspects of modern Journalism.The training is based on available modern and practical skills and tools of technical and editorial skills of community journalism. The new skills are expected to improve the quality of the journalistic products and strengthen the voice of local communities.

The activity was conduced in collaboration with the department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Swat, Mingora, whereas it is being sponsored by DW Academy.

Media House is working closely with different universities and press clubs in the capacity building of young faculty members and journalists.

Launch of “Report on Campus Life” tilted “Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance at University Campuses-A brief report from FGDs in Universities of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa

The formal launch of “Report on Campus Life” was held by Media House with sponsorship of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on November 05, 2018 at Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Hall, University of Peshawar (UoP). The report is tilted “Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance at University Campuses-A brief report from FGDs in University Of Peshawar, Kohat University of Science and Technology, and University of Swat, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Pakistan”.The purpose of the activity was to publish and launch the report for wide readership.

The event was graced by Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Prof Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan and Dean Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Johar Ali. It was attended by students including female. Aoun Abbas Sahi, the author, Dr Khadim Hussain, Managing Director Bacha Khan Trust, Mr. Akhtar Ali shah, former police officer, Dean Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Johar Ali, Prof. Dr. Anoosh Chairperson, Gender Studies, Prof Dr Nasir Jamal Khattak, Department of English and Applied Linguistics, and Prof Dr Jamil Chitral spoke on Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance.

To understand the structural factors and drivers that shape up thinking of students at universities, in 2017 with support from FES, Media House did Focus Group Discussions i.e Dialogue: Life at Campus in three universities of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) province viz. University of Peshawar, University of Swat, and Kohat University of Science and Technology with both students and teachers.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the efforts of Media House and FES to choose the highly pertinent topic. He emphasized the need for a broad-based approach engaging all stakeholders to address the issue of extremism and intolerance at universities. He also emphasized the need to provide greater cognitive opportunity to students to broaden their horizon and improve their dynamism. He pointed out that there is need to provide greater cross ethnic, religious, sectarian, cultural, and ideological exposure to students in universities.

“Festival for Peace and Regional Convergence”- October 25, 2018-Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The third “Festival for Peace and Regional Convergence”-Young Ambassadors of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan was held on Monday 25 October 2018 by Mediothek Afghanistan and hosted by National Newspaper Millat in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Representatives of young ambassadors of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, artists and musicians, cultural icons, poets, students, ambassadors and representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany, and Tajikistan participated in the festival.

His Excellency Mr Tariq Iqbal Soomro, the ambassador of Pakistan in Tajikistan attended the festival and appreciated the efforts of Mediothek Afghanistan, Media House Islamabad and other partner organisations. Mr Shah jahan Sayed CEO of Media House also spoke on the occasion while young ambassador Ms. Sanober Akram also spoke. Artists and musicians of the three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan reinforced the message of peace and connectivity of cultural values through local folk songs and music. From Pakistan, the local music group comprising Naeem Ullah Khan Tori, Ms. Bushra, and Mr. Nazar Muhammad played local music and folk songs.

The Pakistan delegation met at dinner with His Excellency Mr Tariq Iqbal Soomro, the ambassador of Pakistan in Tajikistan and the embassy staff where the delegation explained the goals of young Ambassadors program to the diplomatic staff and employees of the embassy. The Ambassador and the diplomatic staff explained ongoing cooperation of Pakistan and Tajikistan. On the second day of the festival, the participants visited the Narek plant with a 304-foot dam, one of the most important electrical power production plants in Tajikistan, and known as the highest dam in Central Asia.

The speakers at the festival emphasized the role of youth and people to people contacts in strengthening the values of peace and convergence in the region. The goal of the peace festival was to promote active regional networks among youth and civil society; to promote cultural, social, economic and social relations between the countries of the region to achieve progress and development. The first and second festivals were held in Kabul and Islamabad earlier.

This Project Young Ambassadors in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan under which the festival of peace was held is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. The project aims to impart mediation, negotiation, and leadership skills to the youth in these countries through training workshops; to create capacity and ability in youth so that they can act as mediator and reformer in order to promote regional convergence and secure regional peace.

Training Workshop for Local District Correspondents and Fresh Graduates, October 15-19, 2018, Hazara University, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

A 5-day training workshop was conducted  for 12 Local District Correspondents and fresh graduates from October 15-19, 2018 at Hazara University, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The purpose of the training was to enhance the capacity of local journalists and fresh graduates of the university in theoretical and technical aspects of modern Journalism.The training was based on available modern and practical skills and tools of technical and editorial skills of community journalism. The new skills are expected to improve the quality of the journalistic products and strengthen the voice of local communities. The activity was conducted in collaboration with the local press clubs and the department of Communication and Media Studies, Hazara University Mansehra, whereas it was sponsored by DW Academy. The activity is part of Media House objectives to work closely with different universities and press clubs in the capacity building of young faculty members and journalists.

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2018 titled IPDC Talks “Good Laws and Practices for Open Societies”

Media House participated in International Day for Universal Access to Information 2018 titled IPDC Talks “Good Laws and Practices for Open societies” organised by UNESCO in Islamabad. Media House Team held a presentation on “Role of Youth as Right Holders in Promotion of Universal Access to Information (UAI)” especially in the context of SDGs. A stall was also put up by Media House to showcase its work including published materials for journalism and mass communication. The presentation was held by Dera Ismail Khan based Damaan TV which is an enterprise of students trained and mentored by Media House with sponsorship from DW Academy.