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Freelancing is future of journalism: Experts

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KARACHI: Experts term freelancing as the future of journalism and call freelancers to equip themselves with the latest technology now so that they could work effectively in the future.
Highlighting the importance of capacity building of freelance journalists, President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists GM Jamali said that this is the age of freelance journalism and digital media, but due to being unorganized freelancers are unable to make a mark in the mainstream media.

“PFUJ, by building the capacity of the freelance journalists, wants to bring them at par with the professional journalists working in the mainstream media. In this connection, efforts have been made to unite the freelance journalists of Sindh at one platform.”

He was addressing a training session for freelance journalists organized by PFUJ in Karachi with the collaboration of International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The focused group discussion and the training was held under Union Strengthening program, under NED Pakistan Project, the purpose of which is to Promote Labour Rights, Gender Equality and Freedom of Association in Pakistan’s Media. This was the fourth training session under this project. The previous three sessions were done with the freelance journalists of Thatta, Hyderabad and Nawabshah.

Endorsing his point of view, PFUJ leader Hassan Abbas said the journalists working in various organization perform their duties under immense pressure from their employers and have to abide by the policies of their respective organizations, thus face difficulties in doing independent journalism. On the contrary, freelance journalists have the opportunity to work in a pressure-free environment, which gives them opportunity to explore good stories around them and do investigative journalism. “It all needs proper training so that they do their work in a professional manner,” he added.

President of Karachi Union of Journalists Ejaz Ahmed and General Secretary Ajiz Jamali, while sharing their experiences, told the participants that the current era is relatively easier for journalists as comparted to few decades age when journalists had to face severe criticism from the them governments. “But this liberty is also a challenge for them not to misuse it for their small gains and follow the norms of ethical journalism.”

PFUJ Sindh Chapter’s President Saeed Jan Baloch highlighted the importance of unity among journalists. “We are working in an era when challenges faced by journalists have increased, but only through unity, freelance journalists can resolve their issues.”

Sharing the objectives of the training session, Sheher Bano, PFUJ’s Vice President and Project Coordinator said the freelance journalists will not be left alone and a series of workshops and seminars will continue to build their capacity.

She said the training sessions are in conformity to the cross cutting themes of Sustainable Development Goals No 1, 5, 8, 10 which deal with eliminating poverty, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth and Reducing Inequality respectively. “The constitution of Pakistan guarantees right of every citizen to join a union, but female freelance journalists lag behind due to lack training opportunities. At some places in the interior of the provinces the female graduates of Mass Com are not allowed to work in any organization, due to their limited mobility and cultural limitations. This project will enhance their capacity to become leaders and make them professional journalists as well as give them opportunity to earn while working through freelancing.” She also asked freelance journalists to write on climate change, which is badly affecting the region.

Senior journalist and trainer Aftab Iqbal, joined the session from Islamabad on video link and informed the journalists about the coming industrial revolution in the IT technology which will transform the entire media industry. “Freelancing is the future of journalism, journalists need to invest now as after June 2023, there will be a transformation in the media technology. If they are not equipped, they will miss the train of quality journalism.”

Ayaz Khan, a multimedia trainer, researcher and technology expert gave an informative session on mobile journalism and how to make professional videos for national and international audience. Syed Aun Muhammad, a Social Media Activist and content writer, informed journalists as to how to monetize various news platforms to earn money from freelancing. Saleem Abbasi, another technical expert of mobile journalism, gave basic tips of camera handling while covering various issues.

In the end, PFUJ leader Shahid Ghazali thanked the participants and the trainers and expressed hope that the freelance journalists will benefit from this program and fulfill their real responsibilities.

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x.com now redirects to Twitter

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DUBAI: Twitter’s iconic bird logo is set to be replaced as the domain ‘X. com’ now redirects users to the micro-blogging platform. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and founder of X. com in 1999, confirmed the change in a tweet, stating that the interim X logo would go live later.

Musk’s takeover of Twitter last year was seen as an accelerant to creating X, and now he is making moves to change Twitter’s logo to an “X” symbol, indicating a significant shift in the platform’s branding. The little blue birdie that has long represented Twitter may soon become a thing of the past.

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SereneAir offers upto 100kg luggage on Dubai-Pakistan flights

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KARACHI: SereneAir, a popular Pakistani airline, has introduced a special offer called the ‘Baggage Bonanza’ for passengers traveling on the Dubai-Lahore and Dubai-Islamabad routes. This deal is available from 22nd July to 31st July 2023.

Under this scheme, Economy Class passengers can now carry up to 70 kg of luggage, spread across a maximum of three pieces, with each piece not exceeding 32 kg. For Serene Plus passengers, the allowance is even more generous, with a baggage limit of up to 100 kg, divided into four pieces, again with each piece not exceeding 32 kg.

This fantastic offer is valid for specific flights on the Dubai-Lahore route on 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th, and 30th July. For the Dubai-Islamabad route, it’s available on 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 28th, and 31st July. All these flights will be operated using the Airbus 330-200 aircraft.

To take advantage of this fantastic deal and to find out more details about it, passengers can visit SereneAir’s official website or contact the airline’s UAN at 111-737-363. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy extra baggage allowance during your travel!

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I am safe, says Anju who travelled to Pakistan amid wedding buzz

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PESHAWAR: A married Indian woman recently traveled to Pakistan and released a video expressing her feelings of safety in the country amidst reports of her marriage to a man from Pakistan. According to media reports, Anju, a 34-year-old woman and mother of two, married Nasrullah, whom she had met online.

The couple reportedly tied the knot in a local court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Upper Dir, with an official confirming the marriage. Photographs of the couple on a sightseeing trip surfaced online. Anju stated in the video that she had planned her entry into Pakistan. However, the authenticity of the photos could not be independently verified.

“I want to give this message to all that I have come here [Pakistan] legally and with planning as it was not about two days that I came here all of a sudden, and I am safe here,” she said.

Anju traveled to Pakistan on a one-month visa, and there were initial speculations about their marriage. However, Nasrullah has denied such plans, stating that Anju will return to India after her visa expires. Anju is married and has two children, and her husband was unaware of her travel plans.

The incident reflects a similar story of Seema Haider from Pakistan and Sachin Meena from India, who also crossed borders for love, facing legal consequences before being granted bail.

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