2nd Class, First Activity!

It was my second class of current affairs in IT lab 6 when I was waiting for the teacher Jahanzeb Haque to come at 11:40 and thinking about my first class. After 11:45 when our class instructor walked in, he directed us to form groups for class activity. The activity was related to the discussion of current issues. For that groups were formed. Each group was directed to choose two topics with two or three sub- divisions. In all five different groups were formed and our group named ZAHAR (M) was the largest among all because we were the only one who had six members while others had only five members.

My experience working in a group of all seniors was exciting and nervous both at the same time. I was excited because working with them will help me interact with others and exchange ideas. And I was nervous because I was unfamiliar with them all. After the end of all group discussions Sir Jay called all team leads of each group to write its topics on the board one by one. In order to get the idea of Sir Jay’s class activity he give us two examples. One of MQM and the other of any T.V show( of our own choice) both with its three sub-divisions. I think the reason why both of our topics got selected because I think we got the idea structure of Sir Jay’s examples one related to News/Politics and the other of most rated T.V show. Although I don’t listen to Coke Studio much but i voted for it because firstly it was our groups topic and secondly i have heard some of it songs and it seems nice to me. In my opinion the idea of propaganda by team Argo was also a good one because being media students we all have study this topic and knows how media plays with the minds of the viewers in order to attract them and shape their thinking styles and living patterns in accordance to their desire. So according to me this topic was the best among all, after it the second most likable topic of mine was Falsification in media (objectification of women) by team Silent Assassins because there is also a lot to talk about under this topic, how media uses women as an object to promote its stuffs and sell it goods.  One thing which i also like to include is that the topic of CPEC and IMF  by team Argo was also good. Although it got rejected but i liked it, i realized it later in class afterwards. In short i liked all the topics but I was lacking knowledge. Now I will read newspapers daily!.

Over all, if I keep things in a nutshell this class is great and cool and I think I will learn a lot from my class fellows and my highly quality instructor -Sir Jay who managed to make his place at dawn.com in his early 30’s while  for others it take 20 more years to get in that position as said by Sir Jay. Up till now i have learned one thing from Sir Jay is that for good critique and analysis one needs to know full side of news story and is positively looking forward to learn more from Sir Jay.


Summer classes at IoBM

By Sara Noor

The summer session at IoBM started on Monday, June 6, with the first session held by Ms Zebunnisa Burki. The class started off at 8am with brief introduction and ice breaking session. Surprisingly, only 8 students, all women, are part of the course. The discussion kicked regarding the course outline and what students will learn from the course.

Students were encouraged to read front, back and editorial pages , not only this but preference of physical paper rather than internet blogs was emphasized upon. The last activity was to write a small note on current affairs which, included democracy, local government, Hamza aliabbasi etc.

The session lasted for 2 hours.

First Class

Karachi: On June 6, 2016. When all the students assembled in class# 315 to attend news reporting class at 8:00 am, lecturer Zebunnisa Burki commenced the class.

Burki introduced herself and asked the students to share their interests and  why they chose this field. One student said that she liked reading books and wanted to become a journalist. Another student said that she also liked reading books and wanted to become a journalist. This was the ice-breaking session.

After that, the lecturer told the students some rules and details for the course. Students should always meet up deadlines to submit their assignments and always be on time in class; Students should read newspapers daily in order to keep themselves aware of current affairs; Students should learn track changes as it is the requirement of every media student to know how to edit things on computer; Students should not outrage on things and avoid patriotism because no one likes it; Students should use Facebook regularly and if had any query regarding any issue they are allowed to message Burki on her

With the end of the first class, Burki allotted duties to students and made Karishma Rathi the class representative and assigned Asma Farooq the task of making a class blog on WordPress.

First Day, First Class

Karachi: June 7 marked the first day of the 2016 summer semester at the Institute of Business Administration, with the News Writing and Reporting class taught by Zebunnisa Burki.

The class started at sharp 9am and lasted till 11. The class began with an ice-breaking session initiated by the lecturer, during which the students interacted with each other and the teacher.

Later on the course details, description and outline were briefly explained by Ms. Burki. Towards the end of the session, the students were told to write a paragraph each on topics like Democracy, Dictatorship, Panama Leaks, and Hamza Ali Abbasi. Furthermore, topics like Menstruation and Panama leaks were brought up.

The class ended a few minutes early.

Stepping into Journalism

KARACHI: Monday, June’6, IoBM students were all set to embark a new journey in the world of news writing and reporting.

The session began with an ice-breaking activity where students introduced themselves. This part lasted for 20 min. Students were also enlightened about the course outline by the mentor, Zebunnisa Burki who is currently a deputy editor of Op-Ed pages, The News International.

The lecturer clarified that the course would just rely on the theory but would prioritize outdoor tasks. Students were also told about the do’s and don’s of news writing and reporting that would assist them professionally later on.

After a 15 min break,class assembled again for a basic writing activity where they had to jot down short paragraphs on any of the two assigned topics among which Hamza Ali Abbasi seemed the most famous one.After a quick self-correction, students were guided about their mistakes.

By the end, students had a couple of assignments that were due for  the next session.One of the students, Sara Noor shared her experience by saying,”The class was quite engaging yet gave us the idea that we have to be on our toes for this course”.

Creating Journalists at IoBM

By Zobia Hakim

Karachi: With the commencement of Summer Semester at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM), began the course of ‘News Writing and Reporting’ by Zebunnisa Burki scheduled at 8 am each morning.

Burki, who is the Deputy Editor, Op-Ed at The News International is also a visiting faculty at the business school. However, the early timing of the class has been frowned upon by the student body including the faculty advisor.

The class began as per schedule.

With half an hour consumed to get the multimedia working, a PowerPoint presentation was opened in front of the students. The presentation discussed the essence of what it takes to be a good journalist including the outline set as to how to go about this course.

The two-hour class also included a demonstration of what a news story is and how it’s written. Current affairs also seemed to be an essential part of it as student were questioned regarding it.

With the presentation explained and assignments communicated, the class ended at precise 10 am.

News Writing Session with Zebunnisa Burki

KARACHI: On Monday, June 6, eight Media Studies students of IoBM, attended a lecture by Ms. Zebunnisa Burki, who will be the visiting faculty for the News Writing and Reporting course this summer.

News Writing and Reporting is one of the core journalism courses offered in IoBM. Burki, who happens to be the deputy editor of the op-ed pages at The News International, will be teaching these media students the basics of news writing. The course will be starting from how to write leads in a news story and move on to short news report, feature writing, opinion writing, and interviews.

The lecture began with an ice-breaking session, where the students revealed what they plan to pursue in the media. One of the students was assigned the task of creating a WordPress blog for the class, where the students will be publishing their writings.

There will also be a lot of fieldwork involved, as part of the course and the students will have to write news stories based on what they have encountered while reporting on those field trips. As said by Asma Farooq, one of the students, Traveling to different places is going to be the most professional and creative part of this course, and gives a deeper look into advanced journalism”.