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Reporting on Cross-Border Issues of Mutual Concern Reporting on Cross-Border Issues of Mutual Concern
Sep 05, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022
Indian and Pakistani journalists in discussion at a 2022 cross-border workshop in Kathmandu.
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Susan Kreifels
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No Indian journalists are based in Pakistan, nor Pakistani journalists in India. Professional networking, cross-border reporting and media collaboration are rare between these two countries that share an often hostile border.

The East-West Center gathered 60 Pakistan and Indian journalists for a weeklong workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 5-10, 2022 to plan cross-border stories. Cross-border teams will complete their collaborative stories to run in their own news organization, regional and international media outlets, and professional websites.

US and Asian media experts led sessions on best practices in reporting on the four workshop topics: economy and trade; agriculture and water management; health; and environment. Additional workshops covered multimedia skills, peace journalism principles, investigative journalism and fact-checking. Journalists also participated in reporting field trips in and around Kathmandu and heard local speakers present on Nepal and regional issues as well as media challenges.

While journalists waited for the in-person program in Kathmandu during the pandemic, they were able to network and develop professional relationships as well as friendships through a series of virtual workshops and active posting on social media. Sustained cross-border networking and collaboration are the goals of EWC’s cross-border media programs between India and Pakistan that started in 2016 and now have 300 media alumni. All of these programs have been funded by the US Embassy in Pakistan.

About East-West Center Journalism Programs:  Based in Honolulu, Hawaii the East-West Center has offered media programs for US and Asia-Pacific journalists for 55 years. Close to 5,000 journalists have participated in EWC journalist exchanges, study tours, conferences, dialogues, and training, including many from India and Pakistan. Our programs offer journalists an opportunity to gather firsthand information and perspectives, build information networks, and improve professional skills to enhance their reporting. The Center has led cross-border media programs across Asia for the last 15 years.

No Indian journalists are based in Pakistan, nor Pakistani journalists in India. Professional networking, cross-border reporting and media collaboration are rare between these two countries that share an often hostile border.

The East-West Center gathered 60 Pakistan and Indian journalists for a weeklong workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 5-10, 2022 to plan cross-border stories. Cross-border teams will complete their collaborative stories to run in their own news organization, regional and international media outlets, and professional websites.

US and Asian media experts led sessions on best practices in reporting on the four workshop topics: economy and trade; agriculture and water management; health; and environment. Additional workshops covered multimedia skills, peace journalism principles, investigative journalism and fact-checking. Journalists also participated in reporting field trips in and around Kathmandu and heard local speakers present on Nepal and regional issues as well as media challenges.

While journalists waited for the in-person program in Kathmandu during the pandemic, they were able to network and develop professional relationships as well as friendships through a series of virtual workshops and active posting on social media. Sustained cross-border networking and collaboration are the goals of EWC’s cross-border media programs between India and Pakistan that started in 2016 and now have 300 media alumni. All of these programs have been funded by the US Embassy in Pakistan.

About East-West Center Journalism Programs:  Based in Honolulu, Hawaii the East-West Center has offered media programs for US and Asia-Pacific journalists for 55 years. Close to 5,000 journalists have participated in EWC journalist exchanges, study tours, conferences, dialogues, and training, including many from India and Pakistan. Our programs offer journalists an opportunity to gather firsthand information and perspectives, build information networks, and improve professional skills to enhance their reporting. The Center has led cross-border media programs across Asia for the last 15 years.