Three-month ‘Development Journalism’ training course organised
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), University of Peshawar organized a three-month training course on Development journalism in collaboration with local and foreign donor’s organisations.
The three month certification course is a joint venture of the University of Peshawar and FATA Development Programme, which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the French Agency for Development (AFD), and is implemented by the FATA Secretariat and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, according to a press release issued by Department of JMC.
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Adnan Sarwar was chief guest at the concluding ceremony. He appreciated the objectives and intensive efforts behind the training. Talking about journalistic values of the conventional media Dr. Sarwar said: “Media should focus on the positive aspects of our society as well. We are living under tough circumstances and have survived brilliantly. We are a brave nation and besides politics, talk shows and militancy, this also must be communicated throughout the world through responsible development reporting”.
Chairman, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Peshawar, Dr. Altafullah Khan shed light on the concept of the Independent Project Reporting (IPR) and emphasised the importance of development journalism. “Development reporting does not get space in our media and this is due to lack of quality work in the field”. We can only achieve due space for development by producing good quality products which is what we expect from these graduates, he added.
IPR Co-ordinator from FATA Development Programme, Mohammad Atif appreciated the long term partnership between University of Peshawar and FDP to promote development journalism in FATA. He said: This training was aimed as an agent of change for development. University provided the best available resources to the students including top experts from media and academia”. Now the responsibility lies on the graduates to utilise it through responsible journalism for the development of their communities, he added.
The participants were apprised about the three-month certification course to promote development journalism. They were informed that five batches of the training are already concluded while the sixth batch is ongoing.