In our ongoing mission to promote journalism in Pakistan, Agahi hosted a mentoring session for Increasing the Capacity for Investigative Journalism and Responsible Reporting at Marriott, Islamabad on the 28th of February.
The session was held by Aamer Ahmed Khan, the head of BBC Urdu, a celebrated journalist who has been practicing the art for 27 years. The event was organized by Agahi for journalists from major news agencies and newspapers in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
Mr Aamer, who held a similar session in Karachi some weeks ago, discussed several topics with the audience. He touched upon the importance of unique and fresh topics for news stories, while adding that some old topics need to be brushed up and given a new angle. His vast experience was evident in his address about the power of investigative journalism, and the importance of minor details for the process to be successful.
He also urged local journalists to forgo shortcuts, and stressed that Googling topics was never enough for a news story. He compared the methods of foreign journalists, who leverage their investigative power and piece together new and interesting stories by talking to real people. This adds an element of exclusivity to the story – something which is lacking in the efforts of many local journalists.
The mentoring session was highly interactive, as Mr Aamer Ahmed Khan shared his own experiences as a journalist and encouraged the audience to speak out and share incidents from their own professional lives. It was a source of inspiration for the attending journalists.