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Reporter Sumeera Riaz
Posted on March 18, 2014
“I wanted to be one of those women journalists who dared challenge the cultural norms of society. I believe that the future of democracy in Pakistan hinges on the media."
Reporter Asad Zia, third from right, interviewing families affected by an earthquake. Photo: UPI Next
Posted on March 12, 2014
As a health reporter for the Express Tribune, the Pakistan affiliate of International Herald Tribune, Asad Zia gets to see the face of terror more closely than most reporters. Lately, his beat reporting on bomb blasts has kept him busy visiting hospitals
Journalist Shehryar Warraich. Photo: UPI Next
Posted on March 5, 2014
Shehryar contributes to UPI.com as part of a journalism mentoring program for Pakistani journalists. He also reports for Truth Tracker, a news website that tracks political statements and promises to ensure accountability on part of political leaders and
Journalist Adnan Rashid
Posted on March 3, 2014
Adnan Rashid’s story for UPI.com about a woman named Mrs. America, based in Pakistan’s tribal areas and so-named by her father whose dream it was to go to the US, had the national and international media chasing the story.
Photojournalist Matiullah Achakzai (far left)
Posted on February 25, 2014
“My position as a journalist in the border town of Chaman enables me to cover both Pakistan and Afghanistan because I bring a perspective of tribes that have ethnic and blood bonds on both sides of the divide,” says Matiullah Achakzai.
Journalist Ashrafuddin Pirzada, far left (photo credit: UPI Next)
Posted on February 24, 2014
While an increasingly wary world may view Pakistan’s border regions with concern due to terrorism related news, for UPI Next reporter Ashrafuddin Pirzada it is the “transition from an isolated age to growing socialization” that makes the FATA interesting.
Izha Ullah, journalist (photo credit: UPI Next)
Posted on February 18, 2014
Izhar Ullah has been covering the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border for UPI.com as part of a mentoring program for Pakistani journalists. He also reports for Truth Tracker.
Malik Achakzia (photo credit: UPI Next)
Posted on February 12, 2014
Malik Achakzai is a freelance journalist based in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province. Malik has been freelancing since 2009 for Voice of America (VoA) Pashto service - Ashna Radio. He also reports for an online Pashto news organization.
Press club in Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, the crossroads of the four provinces of Pakistan, where UPI Next sessions were held.
Posted on December 4, 2013
UPI Next Pakistan editors are working in person with 200 reporters scattered throughout Pakistan's four provinces. The sessions are part of UPI Next’s collaborative learning approach for journalists in the lead-up to local elections that begin Dec. 7.
Posted on December 3, 2013
You are invited to a session on media ethics in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, December 7 at the Shangri-La Hotel. Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 AM Ethical Reporting: Journalism With a Conscience Session 1: Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler.com (Philippines)
Posted on November 22, 2013
When I was asked to join the mentors on the Pakistan project last spring, I should have read a book called “Pakistan for Dummies,” if it had existed. What I knew about the country could have been pretty much summarized in two words: Benazir Bhutto.
Sumaira Malik, a former member of Pakistan's National Assembly
Posted on November 21, 2013
I was compelled to write this blog to highlight the serious obstacles women in Pakistan face in making their mark in political domains, under both democratic and dictatorial regimes.
Posted on October 1, 2013
Former Broadcaster and Marketing Expert to Lead United Press International's Media Development Division.
Posted on September 13, 2013
UPI Next’s Truth Tracker website is a revolutionary tool that brings together Pakistani journalists to play an important role in the country’s democracy in more than one way. The Truth Squad, as the team of reporters is called, aims to identify public sta
Posted on September 7, 2013
Eighteen Pakistani journalists give awards to carry out in-depth reporting projects and to assist with safety and security measures in reporting.
Posted on July 22, 2013
UPI Next, the media development division of UPI, is looking for a new director to replace our team leader who is moving back overseas.
Peking University junior Yiqi Sun.
Posted on May 14, 2013
Yiqi Sun, a j-student living in Beijing, shares what he learned during the process of getting his story ready to be published to UPI.
Author: Fatima Ali
Posted on May 9, 2013
For freelance journalists, the dangers are great and the rewards are scant.
Posted on May 2, 2013
Remembering Pakistani journalist Arif Shafi, World Press Freedom Day and the safety of journalists around the world
Arif Shafi, 37, died Monday in Peshawar. [Uncredited Facebook photo]
Posted on April 30, 2013
UPI Next contributor Arif Shafi, a freelance Pakistani journalist, was praised by colleagues for his talent and hard work.
Mentors Bronwyn Curran, David Kattenburg and Virginia Moncrieff and evaluation specialist Harumi Gondo met on Skype to discuss the journalistic principles that are assessed with the UPI Next Evaluation Tool.
Posted on April 16, 2013
The UPI Next evaluation team "met" with a team of six mentors located in Australia, Canada, Mexico the Philippines and the United States via Skype to introduce the team to the UPI Next evaluation process, which is a critical part of the UPI Next Impact Pa
UPI Next's Pak Pol Wiki reporters consult on a pre-election article.
Posted on April 8, 2013
Pakistani journalists are invited to apply for UPI Next's fact-checking and promise-tracking team.
Beirut, Lebanon and the Mediterranean
Posted on April 5, 2013
UPI Next partners with Sam Houston State University's Global Center for Journalism and Democracy to mentor three Beirut journalists for three months.
Sumeera Riaz and Waqar Hussain, journalists from Lahore, concentrate on their articles for the Pak Pol Wiki.
Posted on April 3, 2013
A team of 60 Pakistani journalists is creating the Pak Pol Wiki, which offers articles about election issues and the major constituencies of the National Assembly.
UPI Next mentor Paul Mooney guides students on reporting in China.
Posted on March 29, 2013
Despite illness, injuries and a mentor stuck in Hurricane Sandy, the quality of the stories Peking University students submitted to UPI Next is better than ever.
Giant sticky notes grace the walls of UPI during our Mission and Principles brain storming session.
Posted on March 7, 2013
A story must deliver information at the right time in the right way and “ring true”. It must resonate.
The UPI Next staff
Posted on March 1, 2013
The UPI Next staff will be authoring blog posts in the upcoming weeks and months about the ongoings of UPI Next.
A Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station for Pakistan’s general elections at a school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (UPI Photo/Hossein Fatemi/Fars News Agency)
Posted on February 22, 2013
UPI Next is seeking journalists in Pakistan to join a reporting team covering the 2013 general election in Pakistan.
Posted on February 19, 2013
Collaboration between Pakistani journalists and international mentors is the core of a new project by UPI Next, the media development division of United Press International.
First, second and third year journalism students put their own questions to Gan during the live Skype appearance.
Posted on January 11, 2013
UPI Next investigative reporting students at Malaysia’s Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) held an exclusive live discussion via Skype with their country’s best-known investigative journalist Steven Gan in March.
Journalists watch television screens as President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event in Parma, Ohio on July 5, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Posted on January 8, 2013
At UPI Next, we give you the chance to learn by doing, with direction from seasoned mentors who have worked for some of the top news organizations in the world.
Posted on January 6, 2013
Much of the news from the Middle East these days is all about conflict: Battles, troops, bombs, and people trying to live normal lives despite it all.
Posted on January 1, 2013
One of the hardest things about journalism is finding ordinary people who are willing to speak on the record for a story.
Steven Shaver/UPI
Posted on January 1, 2013
We’ve mentored journalists for years through our website, but soon our tools will be portable. Keep an eye on our site to find out when!
The sign that served as Ye Hou’s inspiration for her award winning story.
Posted on January 1, 2013
UPI Next’s Freelance Reporting Contest winner got her story idea from a sign she saw on her way to class.