Archive | March, 2015

NR&W: The WordPress Blockade, Discussion and Alternatives

As most of you probably know by now, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) directed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block WordPress dot com in Pakistan on Sunday. As a result, WordPress hosted blogs, including our own news blog Pakistan Ink, became inaccessible in the country. It has been reported that the blockade is temporary and related to […]

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NR&W: Why Should I Answer You?

  This week one of our campus reporters faced a situation campus beat reporters were anxious about from the start. While reporting on a story about non Muslim students at NUST, reporter Ahmed Saeed ran into some trouble with the administration. A few officials mocked his questions (“NUST has non Muslim students? really?”), some told […]

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NR&W: The Final Question And A Pause Or Two

In class on Wednesday, we spoke about some interviewing tips and some ways to come up with questions for interviews. We also talked about the use of “Is there something you’d like to add?” as your final question. While this might be quite effective in some cases, it might not always work, especially since you would be […]

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NR&W: Some notes about plagiarism

  We had our first brush with plagiarism for this News Reporting & Writing course sooner than I had expected. Since the issue was spotted before the article was printed and since we discussed it at length in class, I’m not going to go into details. I am also happy to note that the reporter in […]

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NR&W: Welcome, Reporters!

[I will be using this space over the next four months to blog for, and about, the News Reporting and Writing undergraduate course. I am teaching the course at the Department of Mass Communication of the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) for the Spring 2015 semester.] And so it begins. We have embarked […]

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