Money, politics, power struggles — Pakistan’s media scandal has it all (GlobalPost)

By Lawrence Pintak (May 25, 2015) KARACHI, Pakistan — A government raid on the company that is bankrolling Pakistan’s newest media conglomerate has highlighted the corruption and infighting within the country’s news industry. A front-page article in The New York Times early last week accused Karachi-based Axact — which calls itself “the world’s leading IT company” — of […]

Who is killing Pakistan’s educated elite? (GlobalPost/USA Today)

By Lawrence Pintak May 23, 2015 KARACHI, Pakistan — “We live in a kingdom of fear, fortified by religious extremism and intolerance,” columnist Ghazi Salahiddin recently wrote in The News on Sunday, one of Pakistan’s leading English-language newspapers. Such hyperbole reinforces stereotypes about Pakistan. But sometimes, stereotypes contain more than a grain of truth. This […]

How Bob Simon, Brian Williams Present a Parable of the Digital Age (PBS MediaShift)

(Feb. 13, 2015) It’s not about you; it’s about the story. That’s what we tell TV journalism students. The tragic death of 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon reminds us that even in the video selfie culture of TV news, accurate reporting matters. Bob’s death after a lifetime of covering conflict comes against the backdrop of […]

We Are Not All Charlie Hebdo (Spokesman-Review)

(Jan. 18, 2015) It was a good week for American journalism. To state the obvious, there is no justification for the brutal attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo by al-Qaida-inspired extremists. The fallout, however, has sparked one of the healthiest debates about journalistic rights and responsibilities American journalism has seen in recent years. […]

Media, Policy, and Conflict in Pakistan (CJR.org)

(April 25, 2014) — Pakistan’s raucous and increasingly lethal media sector is exerting a powerful effect on decision-making in the country, even though journalists themselves are divided on whether their influence is positive or negative. That’s the key finding of a survey of more than 350 Pakistani journalists, policymakers, and academics. The recent assassination attempt […]

Russia’s Grab for Ukraine, Georgia (The Seattle Times)

(Tbilisi, Georgia) Feb. 28, 2014 — IMAGINE if Washington state residents had been barred from the Vancouver Olympics because Canada refused to give us visas. Imagine if we couldn’t get there anyway because Whatcom County was in revolt against the U.S. — and protected by Canadian troops. Imagine if those same Canadian troops had massed […]

J-School Survival Tools (Chronicle of Higher Education)

(Nov. 11, 2013) I recently learned that the publisher of a rural daily newspaper in Washington State, an alumnus of our university, was angry at me. I believe, he’d told a colleague, that print is dead. I was perplexed. Then I recalled that he had visited our college a few years ago, when we were […]

Al Jazeera America: Think NPR with pictures (and a little baggage) – CJR.com

(Aug. 26, 2013) Al Jazeera joined the American TV lineup last week with minimal damage to the republic. There was no sign of bin Laden, no call for jihad, and no ranting about the evils of the American empire—just a workmanlike recounting of the day’s events, interspersed with testimonials from fresh-scrubbed young reporters, most recently […]

Islam, Identity and Professional Values (Journalism, Online First)

(June 2013) Islam is a religion, but it is also a philosophy. An analysis of surveys in the Arab world, Indonesia and Pakistan reveals that the mission and values of journalists in those Muslim-majority regions closely track Islamic obligations to tell the truth, seek justice and work toward the public interest. This article provides empirical […]

Pakistani Journalism (Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 35, No. 5)

Lawrence Pintak and Syed Javed Nazir (July 2013) FOR FULL ARTICLE WITH CHARTS, VISIT SAGE JOURNAL JOURNALISM A loosening of controls on the Pakistani media in recent years has meant the influence of Pakistani journalists is increasingly being felt in country’s tumultuous internal politics and its relations with the West. That has sparked a backlash, […]

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