Center, in partnership with Palladium Pakistan, conducted a series of local media trainings on ‘Rights-Based Health Journalism’ between October 29 and November 13, 2017. Trainings were conducted in seven districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in districts of Lahore, Sahiwal, Mardan, Peshawar, Bhakkar, Layyah and Muzaffargarh. A total of 122 journalists participated in these trainings conducted by trained journalist by Center in health journalism and in rights-based reporting. The sessions mainly included right-based approach to health journalism, story based journalism and personal story, interviewing skills and discussion on challenges around writing/producing health stories.
Center has pioneered the application of rights-based approach to journalism in Pakistan. The Human Rights-Based Approach to Journalism is a relatively new concept in the field of media development that seeks to amend the standard role of journalism in a democracy to include the principle that advancing human rights should not be an ad hoc endeavour but a fundamental function of a journalist’s everyday obligations. Center has been strengthening capacity of journalists and reporters from both print and broadcast media and at national, provincial and district levels in the rights-based approach to journalism through interactive and participatory workshops. Center has trained and networked more than 200 journalists.