Honoring Journalists

I was interviewed by a radio journalist-cum-student this morning to give an analogy of the media in the US and Pakistan.

I said everyone in the US was currently predicting about the death of newspapers whereas in the developing countries like Pakistan and India, print journalism was not dying any time soon. In spite of the recession, the Pakistani print medium had witnessed the induction of a couple of new papers and magazines such as Express Tribune, Pakistan Today and Newsweek Pakistan.

In response to a question about my feelings at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, I said, “I feel a sense of deja vu. The journalism school here reminds me of my days I spent as a post-graduation student at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in India.”

I, however, admired naming ASU’s journalism department after outstanding American journalist Walter Cronkite.

“In my country, the tradition of naming institutions after journalists is still uncommon. It is very heartening to see how you  guys (in America) honor your journalists,” I said.

I truly wish we follow the same trend in Pakistan and name all journalism departments at different universities after journalists who added value to the profession and struggled for press freedom.

If a school of journalism can be named after Walter Cronkite in the United States during his life time, why can’t we name our journalism schools after legends like Zamir Niazi, Najam Sethi and Siddiq Baluch, to name a few?

One Response to “Honoring Journalists”
  1. Ally Moore says:

    As an American journalist, it is interesting to read that newspapers are thriving in other countries while they are shutting down left and right at home or going online. I read an article recently that talks about the state of newspapers that you may find interesting. I will post the link below. Great post. I’ll keep an eye out for the Zamir Niazi School of Free Press.

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