To make universities’ campuses safer and tolerant, Media Training & Research Center (MTRC) is implementing a project named Peaceful & Safer Campuses (PSC) in three universities of Punjab i.e. Bahauddin Zakriya University (BZU) Multan, The University of Punjab (PU) Lahore and University of Education (UOE) Multan Campus. Media Training & Research Center (MTRC) will ensure to have advance level training of faculty members on counter violence extremism in the respective universities’ premises. The beneficiaries will be trained on advance level at critical thinking, leadership skills and counter violence extremism. Moreover, the capacitated faculty members will implement social action projects at intra and inter universities level. The social action projects will include panel discussions, radio shows and dialogues. This activity will contribute towards increasing engagement of universities on counter violence extremism initiatives and larger program objective of enhanced tolerance within and across communities.
Media Training and Research Centre in collaboration with DW Academy planned and implemented a series of a one week training on Data or Mobile Journalism and Media Information Literacy from 2018 till date. Focusing on Multimedia techniques to enhance both technical and editorial skills of people with diverse social backgrounds including Students, Teachers, Writers, Bloggers and Social Media activists who were motivated enough to pursue MOJO and MIL.
Media Training and Research Centre in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) organized a one day interactive dialogue on campus life at three universities.University of Swat,University of Peshawar and Kohat University of Science and Technology .Teachers and students from different departments participated in the activity to share their views and opinions on campus life. The Findings were published in form of a booklet.
Young Ambassadors – Dialogue for peace & Reconciliation- (BMZ)
Media Training and Research Centre in collaboration with Mediothek Afghanistan supported by Bundes Ministerium Fuer Zussamenarbeit (BMZ) along with Young Ambassadors from Pakistan participated in a Pak-Afghan/ Tajikistan Young Ambassador Conference, Trainings and Seminars for Peace & Reconciliation held in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan from December, 2017 till date. The activities included sessions with youth, academics, civil society and media activists, cultural events, study tour, and photo exhibition. The objective of the activity was to promote peace between three countries through such exchange programs.
Media House another project is “Access to Balanced Information” in KP and Baluchistan with DW Academy 2014-17. In 2014, the Media House prepared a course on Conflict Sensitive Journalism for all universities of KP and Baluchistan province, trained faculty members of journalism and mass communication departments of KP and Baluchistan province. Besides, the Media House prepared a training manual for working journalists of KP and Baluchistan province. In 2015, the Media House organized 5 Focus Group Discussions and consultation meetings with Faculty members and Head of Journalism departments of 12 KP and Baluchistan Universities with the purpose to develop 4 modules on four thematic fields i.e. Ethical Standards, Psychological safety, physical safety and Digital Safety in Crisis Reporting. The Modules/Courses have been developed, Published and Implemented in partner Universities.
Capacity building of Journalists KP & FATA-(German Cooperation)
Media House in collaboration with German Cooperation (Deutche Zusammenarbeit) carried out a series of 6-Day Capacity Building Training Program for Journalists of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa & Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) in 2016. Total 12 Trainings were carried out including six TV Journalism and six Radio Journalism Trainings. 144 participants attended these trainings where they were skilled on Reporting, News Packages Production, Camera Work and Non-Linear Editing majorly. 28 TV and 48 Radio news packages were produced by the participants during these trainings. Guest Lectures were also arranged for the participants to help them learn from their senior journalists. The project was completed in December 2016.
Training of journalists on understanding issues and key concepts of local government and its media coverage with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) 2015. Objective of the project to spread awareness and required skills on reporting and importance of local governments, information on the role, responsibilities and functions of local government representatives and their social benefits to journalists and reporters. To provide detailed information to journalists about functioning of local governments, and train journalists on effective monitoring of local governments, besides their capacity building in feature-writing. A Training manual was developed and published.
A Series of TOT were organized by Media House in collaboration with DW Akademie, Germany and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Peshawar. Training of the Trainers (TOT) for University teachers were from June 2013 to December 2013. Training and conference on Children’s Programs and practical Journalism education in Pakistan, Training and conference on Conflict Sensitive Reporting/Security of Journalists.
Training workshops on Basic Reporting skills and themes of Journalism with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
The six months project was completed in 2010. The Media House held training workshops in which journalists from tribal areas and different districts of KP province participated. Main objective of these trainings was to reach out to journalists in the Tribal and peripheral areas of KP province and help them acquire journalistic skills. The journalists also produced radio and TV programs at the end of each training workshop, which were on-aired from Campus Radio FM-107, University of Peshawar.
Capacity building of journalists in Radio and TV journalism with Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS)
The Media House completed the project in eight months in the year 2012. Young journalists from KP province and FATA participated in these trainings. Journalists were trained both in theory and technical aspects of radio and TV journalism, to enable them to work in a hostile environment in a professional manner without compromising on quality journalism and their life. Likewise, journalist produced radio and TV programs, which were on aired from Campus Radio FM-107, University of Peshawar.
Establishment of Audio/Video studios and Capacity building of journalists in Radio and TV Journalism with Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS)
The Media House completed this project in the year of 2013. Under the project, we established well equipped Radio and TV studios. Besides, the Media House organized trainings for journalists on Radio and TV journalism. Young journalists from KP province and FATA participated in these trainings. Journalists were trained both in theory and technical aspects of radio and TV journalism. They also used already established studios and produced radio and TV programs, which were on aired from Campus Radio FM-107, University of Peshawar.
The Media House Training and Research Centre have established full-fledged and well-equipped Radio/TV studios in collaboration with Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) with the financial help of German Foreign Ministry. The Media House completed this project in the year 2013. Media House is regularly organizing training workshops for journalists to train them both in theory and technical aspects of Radio and TV Journalism. During training the journalists use this facility for practical exercises i.e. recording/editing in Adobe audition and video editing.
The media has a very important task in promoting democracy and that the most important duty of the journalists is to report the news fully and responsibly,” said Vibeke Jensen, Representative/ Director UNESCO Islamabad while addressing a debate on, “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality and Media Safety in the Digital Age” on on May 4 at Islamabad to mark Press Freedom Day 2015. Vibeke Jensen emphasized that media could play a significant role in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
Media House in collaboration with Mediothek Afghanistan organized conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions, training workshops for Pak-Afghan cross-border areas journalists from 2008 till 2012. Politicians, journalists, civil society workers, lawyers, academicians, researchers participated in these activities. Main objective of these activities was to provide a neutral platform to discuss problems and give recommendations/suggestions for durable peace in the region. In the project. It was importance for the working journalists to be kept updated in accordance with the changing scenarios in the areas where they work. These activities help them exchange views with their peers and learn how they improvise to address the critical issues they face.
Training workshops on language and context of News Story with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
This project was completed in eight months in the year 2011. The Media House held these training workshops for journalists of KP province and FATA. Main objective of these trainings was to help journalists be the tool and vehicle of change and to help them appreciate and understand the value of journalism and journalists in the conflict-ridden zone.Besides, to help them improve and maximize their potential and enable them to follow modern journalistic skills and ethics. Journalists produced programs were also on aired from Campus Radio FM 107, University of Peshawar.
Afghanistan-Pakistan journalists exchange programme-Understanding the Neighbour with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
The first phase was held in Pakistan in June 2012 and the second in October 2012 in Afghanistan. Total 22 journalists were selected from Pakistan and Afghanistan. At the end of each phase of the programme, these journalists wrote reports focusing on issues that are of interest to both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The reports were published in the Express Tribune and The News in Pakistan and in the Afghanistan Times in Kabul.
Holding six Capacity building workshops of journalists in Radio and TV Journalism organised by Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung (HBS), Pakistan, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Peshawar and Media House Islamabad. Time Frame: 1. September, 14-18, 2013, 2. September, 20-24, 2013, 3. October 28 to November 01, 2013 4. November, 04-08, 2013 5. December, 16-20, 2013