The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma has partnered with the U.S. Department of State and Uks Research Centre in Pakistan to host a three year journalist news media exposure, training and exchange program. The program consists of five exchanges with Pakistani journalists to the U.S. and one exchange with U.S.-based journalists to Pakistan.
The program involves journalists from both countries in opportunities to work together and build long-term professional relationships. It provides participants the opportunity to get exposure in a variety of media organizations in both countries and learn about media reporting in each other’s country. Selected participants spent three weeks in a variety of U.S. newsrooms in different parts of the country. In addition, participants get various opportunities to experience the diversity of life in the U.S.
ICFJ and Uks initiated yet another landmark journalists’ exchange programme in which 4 batches of 10 journalists would be visiting Pakistan to get an up-close exposure and insight into the political and media world and working in Pakistan. Uks arranged meetings and tours of various political and government offices as well as private and state-owned media houses. Visits to tourist spots and eating local cuisines with this learning tour gave just the right mix and flavour of Pakistan!
To study the impact of militarization on the lives of women in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan, India and Nepal, centre their narratives in public discourse, disseminate them widely through the mainstream media and thence exert public pressure for dialogue and change.
Panos believes that a gendered narrative is key to understanding militarization and its impact on the ordinary citizenry. It feels that bringing out the voices of the affected women and their agency in negotiating for justice and peace might provide the best way forward out of continuous conflict and disarray. This will enable state-society interaction to face the challenges of fragility and help bring out strategies to overcome them.
The project aimed to build the capacity of young media professionals on understanding complex issues through gender lens. Uks identified four media fellows, trained them in research methodologies, and assisted them in framing their research subjects and its scope. Throughout the fellowship Uks has been mentoring the fellows.
The overall objective of the project was to contribute to ameliorating the situation of women living under the shadow of guns, by bringing to light the effects of militarization in conflict scenarios specifically Pakistan, India and Nepal.
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) – 2009 to 2011
Best Journalist Practices Leadership for Women Journalists
A two-pronged project through the US State Department's Citizen Exchange program with an emphasis on television news production training and preparing female journalists for positions of leadership. Uks--Research, Resource and Publication Centre on Women and Media is the partner from Pakistan. Since 2008-- under the banner of Uks’s Pakistani Women’s Media Network-- eight women from various media outlets have already received similar trainings at OU, USA and two women journalists went to Katmandu to avail the opportunity of being trained by this group of highly skilled trainers.
Uks as local facilitator carried out all activities of selection of female participants from Pakistan and coordinated regionally with counterparts from Nepal and Bangladesh.
Each year in July 2009, 2010 and 2011, a batch of twelve female media practitioners (four from each country) visited the US for ten days and attended this workshop at Gaylord College of Journalism in addition to local sightseeing and cultural activities