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Basic Journalism Skills Development Programme for District Correspondents

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US$33 000.00

The liberalization of the broadcasting and print media sector in Pakistan over the past two decades has led to an explosion in the number of circulating newspapers and magazines, with over 850 publications in circulation today. Historically this growth began in the main metropolitan centres, however the devolution of power to local governments across Pakistan has led to increased pressure on the media sector to mirror this change and provide support to district correspondents. At present this support is largely unavailable, with district correspondents often poorly educated, underpaid, and working in isolation. This project seeks to address this problem by training 180 rural journalists from local and national media organizations in basic journalism techniques and freedom of expression issues. It will include sessions on dealing with press freedom violations and abuses of Human Rights, resulting in the creation of a network of rural journalists to monitor and defend freedom of expression. Among the participants will be 45 trainers, who will proceed to replicate and deliver the content within their local communities, thus ensuring continuity and further expansion of the network. In attaining its goal, this project will build the capacities of local journalists and promote mutual understanding between local bodies and the media, therefore improving the quality of information available and raising awareness of rural issues.

OBJECTIVE: To provide capacity-building training to 180 Pakistani District Correspondents, in order to increase their proficiency in basic journalism techniques and freedom of expression issues, resulting in the creation of a network of rural journalists for the monitoring of press freedom violations and Human Rights abuses.

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Rural Media Network Pakistan
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The Rural Media Network Pakistan is a non-governmental and non profit-making organization registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Established in January 2004, it is managed by seven governing body members, with much of its income being generated from from the daily rural newspaper 'Nawa-I-Ahmedpur Sharqia' and its two printing presses. Since its beginning, the organization has trained over 630 journalists.

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536 Sarwar Shah St, Ahmedpur East District, Bahawalpur, Pakistan

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+92 62 227 3092

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Location and contacts
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Kozue Kay Nagata (kk.nagata@unesco.org)

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Ehsan Ahmed Sehar, President of RMNP (ehsan.sehar@gmail.com)

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Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan districts of South Punjab

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Summary of the project implementation: 

A total of 229 participants benefitted from 9 training workshops held, three of which catered specifically for women journalists. Forty five women contributors attended training in the rural areas of DeraNawab Sahib, Mubarakpur and Ahmedpur East. Similarly, 68 male and female students of the Media Studies department of Islamia University Bahawalpur also attended a workshop in University premises in the month of November 2012.