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US journalists want to explore city

Desiree’ Francis

Karachi: Journalists from the United States wish to see the good things in Karachi to be able to understand and know what’s happening here.

“We need to know about the problems and the kind of work that’s being done in the city to be able to report positively about it,” Miami Herald Interactive Editor Nancy San Martin said in a meeting with Geo Television Managing Director Azhar Abbas in the Geo newsroom here on Thursday.

Martin, along with a group of nine American journalists, are visiting Pakistan under the US-Pakistan Professional Partnership in journalism programme. This is the first group of American journalists visiting Pakistan under the programme through which 42 Pakistani journalists have already visited the United States since April 2011.

Martin said she and other American journalists like her were aware of the situation that Pakistan was in and wanted to explore the city to understand its problems. Azhar Abbas urged the journalists to report on the positive stories that emerge out of Pakistan. He asked them to carry the Pakistani perspective in their stories as well.

Abbas briefed them on the role the media had played in changing laws in the country. Later the delegation also visited The News and the Jang group offices and met journalists as well as other media professionals.

The delegation comprised WBEZ Chicago Bureau reporter Odette Yousef, KGTV 10News reporter Joe Little, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed editor Greg Victor, McClatchy Washington DC bureau’s Mark Seibel, Tallahassee Democrat executive editor Bob Gabordi, The Sacramento Bee senior writer/reporter Stephen Magagnini, KUT 90.5 FM Texas, Austin news director Emily Donahue and Evansville Courier & Press government reporter Richard F Gootee.

Source: The News