About Us

Intro to MTRC

Media Training & Research Centre (MTRC), formerly known as Media House, was established in Pakistan to build the capacity of the working journalists, teachers, and students of mass communication in underdeveloped areas of Pakistan, especially Khyber in conflict zones.  We registered as a Non-governmental Organization with Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) under section 42 of the Companies Act 2017 for its efficient and effective outreach. 

Our Mission

To promote pluralism, democracy, transparency, accountability and good governance, rule of law, peace, and conflict management through good journalism.
Profile

We work with our partners to ensure: effective and efficient use of media; work in a conflict zone without compromising on journalistic standards; promote and build peace through media and journalism; and help universities evolve courses in areas like Conflict Sensitive Journalism and Crisis Reporting.  Two of our manuals on these areas are now part of the degree programs in the partner universities.    

We see journalism as a profession which can play a vital role in the promotion of pluralism; democracy and democratic institutions; transparency, accountability and good governance; rule of law; sustainable peace; and conflict management. These capacity building inputs are designed to help journalists become the tool and vehicle of change. We have worked with a diverse set of donors ranging from the UN agencies; the German organizations; BMZ; FES; HBS; Deutsche Welle Akademie (DW Akademie); Mediothek Afghanistan; Higher Education Commission of Pakistan; and the British High Commission in Pakistan.

We have an extensive liaison and collaboration with radio and TV stations; press clubs; media faculty in universities; and other media organizations throughout Pakistan.  In addition to providing trainings and giving workshops in universities, we also work with them in the area of de-radicalization of youth and university students most of whom hold extreme views based on stereotypes which remain unchallenged due to lack of interaction with people from diverse backgrounds.

Our history

MTRC is cognizant of the rapidly changing technology in the fields of media and journalism.  In collaboration with the partner universities we reach out to the media students and train and sensitize them about the challenges and opportunities in the professional field.  Our training for the fresh graduates in Mobile Journalism (MoJo) and Citizen Journalism with the support of the DW Akademie was one such activity.

Gender disparity in Pakistan, especially in the field of media and journalism is a burning issue.  To address this problem and to build the capacity of working female journalists, we hold workshops and trainings for them.  One of our last activity, Multimedia Storytelling, was for the female journalists from the peripheral regions of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan.  

Aims and Objectives​

  • To reach out to the aspiring young and working journalists in Pakistan.
  • To help improve and maximize the journalists’ potential and train them in modern journalistic skills in electronic media especially Radio and TV.
  • To give hands-on experience in Adobe Audition Software and video editing.
  • To help young journalists be the tool and vehicle of change.
  • To help media practitioners appreciate and understand journalism and journalistic activities in conflict zones.
  • To enable the working journalists to work professionally without risking their life and compromising on quality journalism.
  • To provide access to current publications, reference literature to facilitate investigative and analytical reporting.
  • To afford an opportunity and a multiplier effect by bringing committed journalists and editors together to support conflict resolution, peace building, and democratic values.
  • To afford an opportunity and a multiplier effect by bringing committed journalists and editors together to support conflict resolution, peace building, and democratic values.

Why us?

  • Capacity building workshops for journalists
  • Round table discussions and lectures on critical and controversial issues pertaining to media working journalists
  • Online discussions on different media topics
  • Exchange programs with Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • Interaction with established national and international journalists

Our main target group is the journalists working in the Tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.We work with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Peshawar; Tribal Union of Journalists( TUJ); Press Clubs in the Tribal areas and in the districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Enhanced skill and well trained professionals
  • Improved relations and efficient networking among Intra and international media practitioners, civil society, and academia
  • Organized cooperation for peace building and strengthening democratic institutions
  • Collaboration among journalists working in and on conflict zones especially in the Tribal areas and the rest of Pakistan
  • Launch an online Magazine for Pak-Afghan journalists
  • Strengthened facilities and training material for media practitioners and working journalists
  • A reputable and credible news agency Activities.
  • Mediothek Afghanistan, Kabul
  • Departments of Journalism and Mass Communication in University of Peshawar and other universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Higher Education Commission (HEC)
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Islamabad
  • Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS), Islamabad
  • Deutsche Welle Academy, Bonn, Germany
  • Chal Foundation, Islamabad
  • Press Council of Pakistan (PCP)
  • Peshawar Press Club and Press Clubs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Khyber Union of Journalists, Peshawar
  • Tribal Union of Journalists
  • Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)
  • Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV)
  • Bacha Khan Education Trust, Peshawar
  • Radio and TV studios
  • Audio/Video editing Lab
  • Resource center and Archive
  • Internet and computer lab facilities
  • Seminar rooms for discussions and dialogue