From fax machines to Wikileaks, in just the past few decades, the ways that we share information have vastly expanded, with journalists around the globe leading the way by utilizing new techniques and technologies to report instantly, and with unprecedented geographic reach.
In just the last few years, some of the most important stories - notably the advent of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and the Occupy Wall Street Movement in the U.S. – have depended on the use of Twitter and other social media to communicate with news consumers and connect news producers with journalists and sources on the ground.
Drawing inspiration from Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002, and Syed Saleem Shahzad, a journalist who was murdered in Pakistan in 2010, the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships and the Pakistan Press Foundation trained 14 Pakistani journalists in conflict and investigative reporting, as well as safety precautions for journalists working in conflict-affected regions.
This year, Adnan was picked from among those journalists to spend six months reporting in a U.S. newsroom, followed by one week at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. As part of the program he has been working at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where Daniel Pearl began his journalism career, since April and he is joining us this week here at WAMC.
In Pakistan, Adnan works for IMEDIA as a senior producer, leading a team of radio journalists in the KPK province and federal tribal areas, focusing on social issues. He is also a contributor to the BBC Outlook.
WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts this special conversation about media, culture, and international relations.