Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) is the new hub for the professional journalism training and networking
KARACHI – Pakistani journalists and media professionals now have a new hub for the professional development, training and networking at Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in Karachi.
American Ambassador David Hale and IBA Director Ishrat Hussain launched the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) at Karachi’s Institute of Business Administration (IBA) on Saturday (February 27, 2016).
The U.S. State Department provided $4 million in funding to construct the center and establish a curriculum and training programs.
“A free and professional press is a cornerstone of democracy and played a crucial role in America’s history,” said Ambassador Hale. “This center Center for Excellence in Journalism aims to help journalists gain and improve their skills so they can play their indispensable role in the public discourse of their country.”
The CEJ will become the nexus of U.S. government and partner organization efforts to provide training and exchanges for Pakistani journalists to advance a free, dynamic press.
Consul General Brian Heath, CEJ Board Chairperson Kamal Siddiqui, CEJ Acting Director Christie-Marie Lauder, International Center for Journalists Vice President Patrick Butler, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Professor Craig Duff and State Department consultant Larry Pintak also attended the inauguration ceremony.
“The Institute of Business Administration has long been at the forefront of innovation in education and I am very pleased to add yet another component to that prestigious portfolio with the launch of the Center for Excellence in Journalism,” said Dr. Ishrat. “Today, we bring that excellence to journalism and multimedia studies. We expect the Center for Excellence in Journalism to attract the best and brightest journalism and multimedia professionals,” he said.
The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) is an initiative for the professional development, training and networking of Pakistani journalists and media professionals. CEJ is a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.