The 2013 Daniel Pearl Fellows: Views on America
Join us for an evening with the 2013 Daniel Pearl Fellows, moderated by Rob Eshman, editor of Jewish Journal.
The Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowships were established in 2003 by the Daniel Pearl Foundation in partnership with the Alfred Friendly Press Partners to bring mid-career journalists from South Asia and the Middle East to U.S. newsrooms including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and others. The fellows also spend one week at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. The Pearl-Shahzad Fellowship, named for Pearl and Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who also was killed while working as a reporter, is a project of Alfred Friendly Press Partners.
Every year Los Angeles Press Club hosts a panel discussion with the fellows.
The News International, Lahore, Pakistan (Home Newsroom)
The Wall Street Journal, DC Bureau (U.S. Host Newsroom)
Khalid Khattak, 34, is a staff reporter at News International in Lahore, Pakistan and covers health, youth affairs, education and other social issues. Khattak began his career in journalism after receiving a degree in English Literature from the University of Punjab. He is a contributor to the weekly magazine of The News International as well as many other magazines that focus on the changing media landscape of Pakistan. He is a council member of the Lahore Press Club and a member of Punjab Union of Journalists. He worked at the Duluth News Tribune in Minnesota in 2011 under the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism.
bdnews24.com, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Home Newsroom)
Washington Bureau of The Huffington Post (U.S. Host Newsroom)
Emran Hossain, 31, is a staff reporter on Bangladesh’s first online newspaper, covering special assignments and working on the English desk of the bilingual newspaper. He began his career in journalism as a correspondent for The Daily Star at Jahangirnagar University, where he earned his master’s degree in English Literature, soon becoming a staff reporter. His first four investigative reports focused on state terrorism. He was given the Transparency International Bangladesh award in 2009 for another one of his investigations. In 2012, Hossain’s investigations motivated the documentary Fear, Force & Fabrication, which exposed powerful and disconcerting relationships among government, media and human rights activists. Based past censorship of his print articles, Hossain wrote, “I have come to realize that it is not the air-conditioned newsrooms of multi-storied media houses that can ensure professional excellence in journalism, but an individual’s consistent chase for the truth, often risking one’s own life and those of his family members.”
2013 PEARL-SHAHZAD FELLOW
Independent Press Network, Islamabad, Pakistan (Home Newsroom)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (U.S. Host Newsroom)
Waqas Banoori, 26, is an editor of the Independent Press Network in Islamabad, Pakistan, a major newswire that “supplies accurate, honest and unbiased news items.” He is also a major columnist for The Frontier, which is a leading English newspaper based in Peshawar that is distributed in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Banoori was a correspondent with Saudi TV and produced news-based programs on national and local Pakistani television. In 2013, he was a team leader of the first National Youth Summit. He is an Action Partner of Oxfam International Youth Partnerships and a member of Young Journalists Association of Pakistan. He is interested in a wide range of issues, including national and regional politics, religion, democracy, health, and poverty and development. He wrote in his application: “I will take this fellowship opportunity to work in a free environment… to work in a society enjoying freedom, rights and privileges that we cannot even imagine in a developing country like Pakistan.”
Moderator: Rob Eshman, publisher and editor of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, has moderated these public discussions annually since 2004.
ADMISSION IS FREE – Seating is limited.
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Discussion
WHERE: The Los Angeles Press Club at the Steve Allen Theatre
4773 Hollywood Boulevard (2 blocks west of Vermont in Hollywood)
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