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Journalist council demanded

ISLAMABAD- A one-day training workshop for in-service journalists stressed the need for setting up journalist council to overcome the difficulties of journalists.

The workshop was conducted by the Journalists Resource Centre in collaboration of Sungi Development Foundation.

The basic object of the workshop was to address the professional needs of mid-service, interns and freshly joined journalists who are working for news desk, reporting and magazine sections in respective newspaper.

There were four sessions of the workshop for different topics. The topic for the first session was “basic structure of News”, for second “Development Reporting” and the third “the role of media in social change”, including the fourth concluding session.

Speaking to the participants Shafqat Munir of The News, said, personal matters never be a news, but only in case when it (motive) effects the people, society.

Amjad Bhatti said “development journalism seeks to report a country’s progress and set backs in both urban and rural areas in a factual and accessible way, so journalists should follow these rules strictly.”

Mafhar Arif of Sungi, said in his lecture that media is playing a vital role in social change of our society but unfortunately in negative way. Both print and electronic media create thirst in middle class to look like the people shown in.

Nasir Malik of Dawn said, “there is a need of establishing a journalists council to give training and awareness for young journalists.” He said that unluckily trend of internship after completion of master degree is not regular as in the past.

The key speakers of the workshop were renowned journalists of Rawalpindi/Islamabad, namely Shafqat Munir, News Editor of The News, Rawalpindi, Mafhar Arif, Communication Manager Sungi, Mohsin Raza, former Editor Daily Kainaat, Islamabad, Nasir Malik, Dawn, Masroor Gilani APP Secretary Green Press, Islamabad, Amjad Bhatti, Editor Dispatch, Bureau Chief daily Khyber Mail, Peshawar and Aijaz Ahmad of UTN.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:11/20/2000