NR&W16: The Reporting Attitude

[For BSMC 2k14 students of News Reporting & Writing] Welcome to the spring 2016 News Reporting & Writing course! Exactly a year ago, we embarked on what I called an “ambitious experiment” at that time: to revive and develop a news website for the department of mass communication at the School of Social Sciences & […]

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Read up on the cyber crimes bill coverage

If all goes well, we will have The Express Tribune’s national reporter Azam Khan speak with class on Wednesday about his reporting on the cyber crimes draft bill. The bill drew a strong negative response from Internet activists and journalists in Pakistan because it is being seen as a poorly drafted legislation that will endanger […]

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NR&W: Discussing The New Proposed PEMRA Ordinance Amendment

Around a week ago, Dawn ran a story about a proposed amendment in the PEMRA ordinance and what it means for the Pakistani media. Read the story here. A new media watchdog non-profit, Media Matters for Pakistan, has produced a couple of video programmes on the amendment. In the first video, Bilal Dar, the secretary-general of the […]

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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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Before the Petrol Crisis Hit

The past few days in Pakistan have been all about the shortage of petrol reserves and the resulting fuel crisis especially in the Punjab. But at the start of the month (and the new year for that matter), the government had actually decided to raise the sales tax on all petroleum products because of low […]

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Pakistan & CERN: Finally there

This post was pending for a long time. In June 2014, Pakistani newspaper DAWN quoted the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs to break news that the decision to include Pakistan among CERN’s associate members had been made. CERN is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, famous for its groundbreaking research and the Large Hadron Collider […]

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