Third and final round of three- day training workshop on Election Reporting for working journalists by Walter Cronkite School of Journalism (Arizona State University, USA) and Media Foundation 360 was held from 6th to 8th January at Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in IBA Karachi. 25 participants from Sindh and Balochistan attended the session and learned new tools that can be used during election coverage. The training session was interactive where participants also presented their ideas and had discussion.
The topics included coverage on election day, voters’ dynamics, campaign politics in Pakistan, web & social analytics, Google tools, fact checking and data reporting. Three trainers from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism included Dr Bill Silcock (Director Cronkite Global initiatives and Curator Hubert Humphrey Fellows Program), Jason Manning and Theresa Poulson (Professors of Practice, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism). Director CEJ, Kamal Siddiqui appreciated the tools discussed in this training and stressed that journalists in Pakistan need to learn these skills for effective reporting on elections. At the end of the last day, certificates distributed among the participants while participants presented traditional Sindhi Ajrak to the trainers.