A workshop for working journalists and students was organized by the Department of Media & Communication Studies of the University of Okara. A large number of regional and national journalists attended the event. The keynote speaker was Salman Ghani, senior media analysts while the other speakers included Mazhar Sahi, Umm e Farwa, Zulqurnain Tahir and Muhammad Talha.

The event was presided by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar. Highlighting the objectives of the event in the opening note, Dr Zahid Bilal, In-Charge Department of Media & Communication Studies, said that the workshop was meant for conducting interactive sessions on the issues and challenges of the modern day journalism and creating a liaison between the students and the professional journalists.

The VC, in his remarks, told that students could learn journalistic skills from professional and seasoned journalists better than merely the classroom lectures. He urged the students to follow the reporting, writing and speaking patterns of the renowned media professionals to embellish their capabilities.

Salman Ghani, in his keynote address, applauded the efforts of the UO administration for the development of an institution of higher learning at the regional level. Talking about the theme of the workshop, he said, “To me, journalism is a state of mind rather than a profession. Journalists should work for the welfare of the society at large by setting aside all biases.”

He further added, “Our journalists should give priority to our national interests while reporting and speaking. They should always focus on highlighting the positive aspects of our society, especially before the international community.”

Mazhar Sahi, a renowned social worker from Okara, appreciated the VC for his untiring efforts to rapidly develop the university and he also thanked the local community, especially the journalists, for supporting the university administration in this cause.

At the end of the workshop, shields and certificates were distributed among the guests and the participants

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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