PPF Investigative Reporting Fellowship
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Karachi: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) rolled out its first batch of investigative reporting fellows as part of a three-year project on promoting investigative journalism in Pakistan.
PPF will commission a total of 90 investigative stories as part of its project with Netherlands-based Free Press Unlimited, with 30 Fellowships awarded each year.
The first batch of eleven fellows was selected from over a hundred applications from across Pakistan. The story ideas were reviewed and finalized by an Editorial Advisory Board comprising of senior editors.
The investigative story ideas cover diverse themes including militancy, environment and ecology, education, water, fake pharmaceuticals and convict rehabilitation. Print and broadcast journalists from major media houses and different regions were among those awarded fellowships.
As part of the project, the fellows attended a three-day workshop on Investigative Reporting at the PPF Journalism Training Center in Karachi.
Trainer and journalist Mubasher Bukhari, who conducted the workshop, emphasized the importance of credible sources to add weight to a story. “Anonymous sources should be avoided because they make a story weak.” He emphasized on the use of right to information (RTI) laws for investigative reporting. The participants reviewed RTI laws and shared salient features with each other and discussed the need for new legislation at the federal level and in Balochistan.
Fellows also held a brainstorming session on the third day with senior editors and journalists who will serve as coordinating editors. Each fellow is paired with a Coordinating Editor. Both will be responsible for producing a successful story that could create impact.
Date: July 20-22, 2017
Venue: PPF Journalism Training Center/ Hotel Mehran