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Welcome to the Featured section on Journalism Pakistan! Here, you'll find a rich collection of articles written by senior journalists and writers, offering insightful and thought-provoking content on a wide range of topics related to media and journalism. These articles provide an in-depth look at the current state of journalism, emerging trends, and the challenges faced by media professionals today.

In addition to serious analyses, you can enjoy the lighter side of journalism with amusing anecdotes and pranks from newsrooms around the world. You'll also find articles that explore the evolution of journalism tools and techniques and inspiring stories that celebrate the bravery and dedication of journalists who have fought for press freedom.

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

 July 11, 2024:  Explore the challenges and opportunities expat journalists face in the UAE, with insights from Imran Naeem Ahmad, a former Gulf News journalist. Discover the impact of censorship, career prospects, and the reality of working for leading newspapers like Khaleej Times and Gulf News in Dubai.

The invisible hand: How censorship shapes Pakistani journalism today

The invisible hand: How censorship shapes Pakistani journalism today

 July 09, 2024:  Explore the profound impact of censorship on Pakistani journalism. Delve into the challenges faced by journalists, the erosion of press freedom, and broader societal implications in a country grappling with media restrictions and government control.

Why local journalism matters more than ever in a globalized world

Why local journalism matters more than ever in a globalized world

 July 08, 2024:  Discover the critical role of local news in a globalized world and how grassroots journalism empowers communities, ensures informed citizenship, and strengthens our societal fabric in the age of global connectivity.

How Asian print media is fighting back against digital dominance

How Asian print media is fighting back against digital dominance

 July 06, 2024:  Explore the challenges facing print media in Asia, from digital competition to financial struggles, and discover how newspapers and magazines are adapting to survive in the digital age.

The surge of independent media in Asia: A new dawn for journalism

The surge of independent media in Asia: A new dawn for journalism

 July 03, 2024:  Discover how independent media outlets in Asia are transforming journalism by breaking barriers and shaping public opinion. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of these new voices in the media landscape.

Examining the perilous future of Pakistan's print media

Examining the perilous future of Pakistan's print media

 June 28, 2024:  Dive into an extensive exploration of the ominous challenges besieging Pakistan's print media sector. Delve into the heart of the debate on whether traditional newspapers can withstand the onslaught of the digital revolution.

Vanishing voices: The fall of investigative journalism in Pakistan

Vanishing voices: The fall of investigative journalism in Pakistan

 June 23, 2024:  Explore the decline of investigative journalism in Pakistan and understand the economic, political, and safety challenges that journalists face. Discover ongoing efforts to revive this vital form of journalism.

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

 June 17, 2024:  Discover the key factors behind the declining credibility of Pakistani TV channels, from sensationalism and political bias to the influence of advertisers and ethical lapses. Learn what can be done to restore public trust and uphold journalistic integrity.

Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferences

Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferences

 June 16, 2024:  Discover the reasons behind the chaos and lack of decorum in today's press conferences. Explore how aggressive journalists and the erosion of professional ethics are turning these events into shouting matches.

JournalismPakistan.com: New look, new features

JournalismPakistan.com: New look, new features

 June 10, 2024:  Discover the exciting relaunch of JournalismPakistan.com with a fresh layout and new features. Learn about the hard work of founder and editor Imran Naeem Ahmad, the website's resilience, and his vision to support the media industry.

Silent Acceptance: Pakistani news channels bow to censorship, viewership declines

Silent Acceptance: Pakistani news channels bow to censorship, viewership declines

 July 11, 2023:  In the face of censorship, Pakistani news channels' silent acceptance has resulted in a decline in viewership. With audiences turning to international media and social platforms for impartial views, trust in local news channels is diminishing.

The dark side of Pakistani media

The dark side of Pakistani media

 April 30, 2023:  Discover the challenges facing Pakistan's media landscape, where bias, sensationalism, and unethical reporting have eroded public trust. With journalists often aligning with political factions and media outlets prioritizing ratings over accuracy, finding neutral and reliable news sources is increasingly difficult.

The pitfalls of Pakistani media: bias, sensationalism, and ethical lapses

The pitfalls of Pakistani media: bias, sensationalism, and ethical lapses

 April 25, 2023:  This article explores the challenges facing Pakistani media, including sensationalism, political bias, and ethical lapses. We examine the importance of independence, objectivity, and diversity in journalism and discuss the need for greater financial sustainability and quality reporting to regain public trust.

Sarah Inam, the girl who dabbled in journalism

Sarah Inam, the girl who dabbled in journalism

 September 29, 2022:  Explore the journey of Sarah Inam, who started her career at the Competitiveness Support Fund in Islamabad and later excelled in economics. Remembered for her intellect and kindness, she briefly ventured into journalism before finding her true calling. Her gruesome murder left a profound void leaving those who knew her to fondly remember her warmth, intelligence, and indomitable spirit.

20 Pakistani journalists who joined governments

20 Pakistani journalists who joined governments

 May 29, 2022:  Explore the complex relationship between journalism and politics in Pakistan, where many journalists have transitioned into political roles or official positions, raising questions about impartiality and integrity. From Altaf Gauhar to contemporary figures like Sherry Rehman and Najam Sethi, this history highlights the challenges of maintaining journalistic ethics amid political engagement.

And that is a good story

And that is a good story

 December 05, 2019:  Explore the journey of investigative journalism as journalist Waseem Abbasi transforms an overlooked incident involving a wandering cow into a groundbreaking exposé of corruption and abuse of power by a Pakistani federal minister. This compelling narrative earned Abbasi acclaim and sparked national debate and policy changes.

The chronicles of Mamu

The chronicles of Mamu

 November 21, 2019:  Explore the blurred lines between journalism and personal biases in the Pakistan media industry, where a controversial figure known as Mamu navigates success amid accusations of sexism and workplace politics. Delve into the complexities of media ethics and power dynamics in this insightful commentary.

Dark echoes from the Zia era

Dark echoes from the Zia era

 November 14, 2019:  Explore the current state of media freedom in Pakistan, where echoes of past censorship under Zia's regime are resurfacing. Journalists face increasing pressure, censorship tactics, and threats, challenging the country's media landscape and freedom of expression.

It's like there's no tomorrow

It's like there's no tomorrow

 November 07, 2019:  Amidst heightened security due to the JUI-F sit-in, Islamabad faced uncertainty exacerbated by irresponsible media coverage and chaotic social media posts. Professionalism is compromised as political opinions dominate, leaving viewers and readers to decipher the tumultuous situation on their own.

The value of a mentor

The value of a mentor

 October 30, 2019:  Explore the impact of mentorship in journalism through personal anecdotes, highlighting the invaluable lessons learned from experienced mentors. Discover how mentorship shapes journalistic integrity, professional growth, and ethical standards in media careers.

No need to get fancy

No need to get fancy

 October 23, 2019:  Explore how cultural background and education influence language proficiency and knowledge in world affairs, highlighting the importance of simplicity and clarity in journalism. Learn from personal anecdotes about journalistic mentors and the impact of effective communication in media careers.

It's okay to print profanity

It's okay to print profanity

 October 11, 2019:  Explore the debate around journalistic standards in Pakistani print media, focusing on an incident involving profanity and unprofessional conduct. Find out the implications for media ethics and professionalism amidst growing concerns about journalistic integrity and language.

The media is not the enemy

The media is not the enemy

 October 03, 2019:  Explore the challenges faced by Pakistani journalists amidst rising attacks and government scrutiny, highlighting concerns about press freedom, censorship, and the safety of media personnel in Pakistan.

A matter of perspective

A matter of perspective

 September 30, 2019:  The author reflects on Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, expressing a change in perspective towards him. The speech is praised for its clarity, factual presentation, and global relevance, contrasting it with perceived shortcomings in Indian media coverage and political responses.

Integrity lost

Integrity lost

 September 20, 2019:  In this reflection, the author expresses skepticism about the state of journalism in Pakistan, arguing that integrity has eroded in favor of sensationalism and profit. The writer critiques contemporary media for prioritizing revenue over truth and ethical reporting.

Four reasons not to watch the news

Four reasons not to watch the news

 September 13, 2019:  This critique delves into the shortcomings of contemporary Pakistani news channels, highlighting four major grievances: excessive repetition of news content, the degradation of the Urdu language in news delivery, the inappropriate use of foreign words and styles, and the insensitive and often absurd use of animation in serious news reporting.

Jamil Akhtar: We called him Daddy

Jamil Akhtar: We called him Daddy

 May 30, 2019:  This tribute recounts the life and impact of Jamil Akhtar, fondly known as Jamil Sahib or Daddy, a revered figure in Pakistani journalism. From his meticulous editing as the night editor at Khaleej Times to his nurturing mentorship and unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence at Dawn News, Jamil Akhtar left an indelible mark on colleagues and the industry alike.

Journalism without boundaries: The growth of unqualified news anchors in Pakistan

Journalism without boundaries: The growth of unqualified news anchors in Pakistan

 September 25, 2018:  This commentary critiques the state of journalism in Pakistan, highlighting the lack of formal qualifications and ethical lapses among many news anchors and journalists. Unlike professions like medicine or law, journalism in Pakistan allows individuals from diverse backgrounds to assume influential roles without rigorous training.

Hamid Mir - Just another journalist

Hamid Mir - Just another journalist

 January 13, 2017:  This commentary reflects on the National Press Club elections in Pakistan, criticizing the behavior of certain media personalities and the sensationalist coverage on social media platforms like Facebook. The author expresses dismay over the fawning and idolization of journalists like Hamid Mir, highlighting it as a disturbing display of sycophancy.

The fake news invasion - take care!

The fake news invasion - take care!

 December 10, 2016:  In the age of fake news, journalism faces unprecedented challenges as misinformation spreads rapidly online. Efforts are underway to verify digital content, but the ease of sharing unverified news poses significant threats to truth and accountability. Explore the impact of fake news on politics, society, and the integrity of journalism.

Inside the newsroom on budget day

Inside the newsroom on budget day

 June 02, 2016:  Experience the chaotic energy of a newsroom on budget day, where editors, reporters, and sub-editors work tirelessly to cover every angle of the finance minister's speech. From anticipation and fidgeting to the race against time for accurate reporting, discover the dynamics of a bustling newsroom handling one of the year's most significant events.

Nasir Zaidi and his group: They stood up to a dictator

Nasir Zaidi and his group: They stood up to a dictator

 May 12, 2016:  Explore the challenging journey of press freedom in Pakistan, marked by significant sacrifices and ongoing struggles. From the dark days of censorship under Zia-ul-Haq to the present challenges faced by journalists, this narrative delves into the past and present fight for media rights.

When editors were editors

When editors were editors

 June 22, 2015:  Explore the shifting dynamics in Pakistan's newspaper industry where owners and editors often become the news themselves. This narrative delves into the historical contrast and the blurring line between news and self-publicity. Discover how editorial integrity has evolved over the decades. Uncover the challenges faced by modern journalism in maintaining its credibility.

Sins of the crime reporter

Sins of the crime reporter

 November 21, 2014:  Learn about the stagnant state of crime reporting in Pakistan's newspapers, where vague, one-sided reports dominate. Uncover the lack of investigative journalism and the missed opportunities for engaging, detailed crime stories that resonate with readers.

By-line: A contentious issue

By-line: A contentious issue

 October 31, 2014:  Dive into the contentious world of newsroom by-lines, where the battle for credit between reporters and editors reveals the challenges of maintaining journalistic integrity. This narrative uncovers the dynamics, disputes, and criteria that determine if a story truly deserves a by-line.

Breaking the monotony: Revamping subediting practices in journalism

Breaking the monotony: Revamping subediting practices in journalism

 December 05, 2013:  Find out why subediting can become monotonous and learn how top newspapers make writing and reading engaging. Explore George Orwell’s six rules for good writing and understand why certain outdated practices should be avoided.

How a paper was shut down 50 years ago

How a paper was shut down 50 years ago

 November 16, 2013:  Explore the dynamic landscape of Pakistani media, where a wide array of stories is covered without fear of shutdowns, contrasting with the historical challenges faced by newspapers like Daily Kohistan. Understand the evolution of media freedom and the enduring issues within the industry.

Time to get a khoka

Time to get a khoka

 October 10, 2013:  A reflective piece on the evolving dynamics of journalism, mentorship, and the harsh realities of the modern media industry. A mentor encounters a former mentee who offers a blunt critique and a controversial path to success.

Newsrooms, hardly the place for women

Newsrooms, hardly the place for women

 July 31, 2013:  Explore the challenges faced by women in Pakistani journalism, where gender discrimination and harassment are rampant despite legal protections. This article highlights the systemic issues in newsrooms and the uphill battle for female journalists.

Why I rejoined the newsroom?

Why I rejoined the newsroom?

 July 11, 2013:  Learn about the challenges and experiences of working the night shift in prestigious English newspapers in Pakistan, highlighting the toll it takes on personal life and the often thankless nature of the job. Discover one journalist's journey from newsrooms to agriculture and back, reflecting on identity and survival in a competitive field.

Workshop trekkies and online mullahs

Workshop trekkies and online mullahs

 May 30, 2013:  Explore the contrasting worlds of 'workshop trekkies' and online mullahs in Pakistan, highlighting their prevalence and impact on media and social discourse. Understand the criticism towards workshops as mere symbolic gestures lacking practical value, and the rise of online mullahs influencing public opinion through social media.

The league of extraordinary multi-taskers

The league of extraordinary multi-taskers

 May 04, 2013:  A glimpse into the indispensable role of office tea boys in South Asian and Gulf newsrooms, as experienced by a veteran journalist. From their multi-faceted duties to personal anecdotes, this piece highlights their remarkable contributions and memorable stories.

The day Dawn became Herald

The day Dawn became Herald

 April 27, 2013:  On April 1, 1950, Dawn newspaper faced a crisis over its ownership between Dawn Trust and Pakistan Herald Ltd. The editorial “Why we change our name” attempted to clarify the situation, but the renaming to Naqeeb led to public uproar. After three tumultuous days, the original name was restored following public demand and an appeal from Fatima Jinnah.

Newspapers vs anchors

Newspapers vs anchors

 March 21, 2013:  An insightful piece reflecting on how technology has transformed everyday life, impacting everything from photography to news consumption. Despite the rise of digital media, traditional newspapers retain value for many due to their tangible nature and trusted credibility, especially in Pakistan.

Pranks and newsroom tales

Pranks and newsroom tales

 March 03, 2013:  A nostalgic and humorous look at the lives of journalists, filled with office antics, pranks, and unforgettable moments. From mistaken identities to mysterious disappearances, this piece captures the camaraderie and mischief in newsrooms that make journalism an unforgettable profession.

The newsroom bullshitter

The newsroom bullshitter

 February 26, 2013:  Every newsroom has one—the bullshitter. Larger than life and ever-opinionated, these characters seem to know it all but rarely deliver. From tales of promising young journalists to unavoidable disappointments, this piece explores the humorous yet frustrating encounters with newsroom bullshitters over the years.

The yearly visit and false promises

The yearly visit and false promises

 December 18, 2012:  Discover the annual tradition in newsrooms as journalists contesting press club elections make their rounds. Amid festive handshakes and promises, work halts briefly before returning to the regular hustle. Despite the speeches and pledges, discussions on improving journalists' working conditions remain absent.

Lost in transition

Lost in transition

 November 29, 2012:  Explore the evolution of newsrooms and how technology has transformed the traditional practices, sounds, and tools that once defined journalism. From the bustling compositing sections to the silent clicks of keyboards today, delve into what has changed and what has been lost.

Media boom and bust: How journalism in Pakistan has suffered

Media boom and bust: How journalism in Pakistan has suffered

 November 24, 2012:  Learn about the decline in the quality of journalism in Pakistan since the media boom of 2003. From inadequate language skills and questionable credibility to the superficial reliance on workshops and fellowships, this analysis delves into the pressing issues facing today's reporters and journalists.

A scoop too hot to handle

A scoop too hot to handle

 November 03, 2012:  Explore the contrast between traditional scoops and today's ubiquitous "breaking news" culture in journalism. Highlighting a historical incident involving Musalman newspaper in Pakistan, this narrative reflects on the challenges small newspapers face when reporting sensitive news under authoritarian scrutiny.

Why every reporter needs a backup story

Why every reporter needs a backup story

 September 16, 2012:  Find out about the fundamental responsibility of reporters to consistently produce stories in journalism, reflecting on the necessity of resourcefulness, network building, and dedication amidst the challenges of modern media.

An enduring affair with foolproof security

An enduring affair with foolproof security

 August 22, 2012:  This piece reflects on the repetitive use of "foolproof security" in Pakistani media amidst ongoing violence and terrorism. It critiques the disconnect between official assurances and the grim reality faced by the public.

Catwalk glamor to newsroom clamor

Catwalk glamor to newsroom clamor

 August 18, 2012:  This interview captures Waqas Siddiq's journey from aspiring fashion photographer to dedicated news photographer, highlighting the contrasts and challenges of both fields. It reflects on his early inspirations, learning experiences, and the intersection of his passions within the dynamic world of photography.

Risking all: Dangers faced by Pakistani journalists in pursuit of truth

Risking all: Dangers faced by Pakistani journalists in pursuit of truth

 August 09, 2012:  Explore the evolution and challenges of the Pakistani media industry, from its modest beginnings to a diverse landscape of numerous TV channels. Discover how freedom of expression has expanded opportunities while exposing journalists to unprecedented risks.

Scandalous tales: Pakistani journalists' misadventures on international fellowships

Scandalous tales: Pakistani journalists' misadventures on international fellowships

 July 27, 2012:  Find out about the controversial realm of journalism fellowships in Pakistan, where obtaining international opportunities often leads to allegations of misuse and neglect of professional responsibilities, impacting both personal reputations and national perceptions.

Ramadan in the newsroom

Ramadan in the newsroom

 July 23, 2012:  During Ramadan, newsrooms in Pakistan and Dubai undergo a unique transformation characterized by a shift in pace, camaraderie, and observance of cultural traditions. Journalists reflect on the quieter, more reflective atmosphere during the day, contrasted with the bustling activity around Iftar, fostering bonds and shared experiences among colleagues.

If Veena Malik ran the news: Satirical scenarios and media musings

If Veena Malik ran the news: Satirical scenarios and media musings

 July 19, 2012:  In this satirical piece, the writer imagines Veena Malik as a journalist/editor and humorously speculates on how her office environment and professional life would unfold, blending celebrity culture with journalistic satire.

TV anchors and their wicked, wicked ways

TV anchors and their wicked, wicked ways

 July 10, 2012:  This piece explores the evolving landscape of television anchors and hosts vying for prominence and influence, akin to the competitive dynamics seen in the entertainment industry, but with a twist of media professionalism and ethical scrutiny.

The new face of Pakistani journalism: Bold, beautiful, and unpaid

The new face of Pakistani journalism: Bold, beautiful, and unpaid

 July 06, 2012:  This article reflects on the evolution and challenges of Pakistani journalism over the past decade, highlighting the shift towards activism, financial hardships faced by journalists, and the changing dynamics of media ownership.

Nusrat's obsession with Veena

Nusrat's obsession with Veena

 July 04, 2012:  This article explores the concept of a writer's muse, drawing parallels between artists like M.F. Husain and journalists like Nusrat Javed who find inspiration in controversial figures such as Veena Malik. It reflects on how personal fascination can influence creative output, even in later stages of life.

Newsroom chronicles: Managing the tsunami of press releases

Newsroom chronicles: Managing the tsunami of press releases

 June 06, 2012:  This piece delves into the often contentious relationship between journalists and press releases in newsrooms. It explores how these releases are categorized and treated, reflecting the complex dynamics of editorial decision-making and the pressures faced by journalists to accommodate or discard them.

The rise of noise, the fall of reason: An analysis of TV talk show trends

The rise of noise, the fall of reason: An analysis of TV talk show trends

 June 02, 2012:  This article critiques the prevalent trend of aggressive and uncivilized behavior among TV anchors and talk show hosts in Pakistani media. It explores how these shows often devolve into shouting matches, highlighting public discontent and calling for a return to professionalism and meaningful discourse in journalism.

Behind the scenes: The unsung story of sub-editors in newsrooms

Behind the scenes: The unsung story of sub-editors in newsrooms

 May19, 2012:  This article discusses the dwindling role and recognition of sub-editors in Pakistani journalism, highlighting their vital yet underappreciated contributions to editing and refining news content. It calls for increased recognition, better working conditions, and professional development opportunities for sub-editors to enhance the overall quality of journalism.

The Ethics dilemma: Are journalism awards in Pakistan losing their credibility?

The Ethics dilemma: Are journalism awards in Pakistan losing their credibility?

 May19, 2012:  In Pakistan's dynamic media landscape, the integrity of journalism awards and ethical practices has become a contentious issue. Amidst claims of manipulation, exploitation, and self-promotion, the credibility of awards meant to honor journalistic excellence is under scrutiny.

Dedicated to our better halves

Dedicated to our better halves

 May 13, 2012:  In this narrative, the focus is on the life and challenges faced by journalists, particularly in Pakistan. It delves into the demanding nature of journalism, highlighting the sacrifices made by journalists' spouses who endure the erratic schedules and pressures associated with the profession. The author reflects on personal anecdotes from the Khaleej Times, illustrating the humor and hardships of working night shifts.

The newsroom, the center of it all

The newsroom, the center of it all

 May 10, 2012:  This piece reflects on the varied experiences in different newsrooms across Pakistan and Dubai, highlighting contrasts in environment, leadership, and team dynamics. From the high-tech and efficient setup at Dubai TV's Media City to the bustling and vibrant atmosphere of The Muslim newsroom in the early 1980s, each newsroom paints a unique picture of journalism culture.

Why Pakistani journalists deserve two days off

Why Pakistani journalists deserve two days off

 May 9, 2012:  This article discusses the necessity and benefits of introducing a two-day weekly off for journalists in Pakistan. It argues that despite the economic challenges faced by media organizations, providing regular time off is crucial for journalists' well-being, professional performance, and overall industry sustainability.

More to him than meets the eye

More to him than meets the eye

 May 2, 2012:  This profile highlights Anwar Iqbal's illustrious career as a senior Dawn correspondent in Washington DC, showcasing his versatility in journalism, passion for poetry, history, and culture, and his enduring warmth as a person. It reflects on his journey from The Muslim newspaper in Islamabad to becoming a respected figure in Pakistani journalism.

Nothing quite like The Muslim

Nothing quite like The Muslim

 May 3, 2012:  This piece celebrates the legacy of The Muslim newspaper (1978-1999), a trailblazer in Pakistani journalism known for its bold reporting, innovative features like City Diary, and nurturing talented journalists who shaped the country's media landscape.

From 'urging unity' to 'enthralling audience'

From 'urging unity' to 'enthralling audience'

 April 15, 2012:  This article delves into the pervasive use of cliched expressions in media headlines and reporting, examining their role in shaping public perception and discourse. It critiques how these phrases, such as "urge for unity" and "enthralled audience," have become ingrained in journalistic writing, often detracting from originality and clarity.