ST Science Journalism Fellowship 2021 concluded
PESHAWAR: The Sunrise Today through its subsidiary organisation – Science Journalism Society of Pakistan (SJSP), in collaboration with Directorate General of Science and Technology (DoST) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa organised a 2-day training program, titled ‘ST Science Journalism Fellowship 2021’ here at a local hotel on Wednesday to Thursday wherein 8 local journalists of Peshawar were trained on science journalism and communication by internationally known science experts.
On day first, Dr Khalid Khan, Director, Science and Technology Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with his team participated and addressed the fellows of the program. He said that the role of journalism was very important for conveying the basics of science to common man as majority people of our society did not understand the language of science that’s why here we need journalists to make the process of communication easy and convenient.
Lauding the efforts of SJSP in the promotion of science journalism in Pakistan, especially the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, he stated that DoST had always been supporting such organisations and their activities, adding that there was a dire need for science journalism in the country to promote science and technology among the masses.
Asif Khan Turk, President, SJSP and Editor, Sunrise Today, thanked Dr Khalid Khan and his team for their cooperation in organizing the fellowship and stated that our 50 to 60 percent problems were related to science and if we would give utmost importance to science, these problems would be automatically solved, that’s why we need to prioritise science in our daily life.
While demanding the government, national media and the concerned authorities, Asif Khan Turk said that our mainstream print and electronic media should give or spare at least 5 percent space to science and related subjects in order to address our half of the problems and matters in a proper way.
On day second, globally renowned scientist and Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar, Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal, delivered his lecture on scientific literacy and science culture and stated that today there was a big responsibility on the shoulders of journalists to educate the masses on science through their writings and videos etc.
Prof Dr Yaseen Iqbal, internationally acclaimed scientist and Chairman, Department of Physics, University of Peshawar, while delivering his lecture to the fellows, said that it was very important and necessary for journalists to first understand science by themselves and then create awareness among the public through their pen and mic.
He further stated that today was the age of media and public could be guided through it in a right way that’s why media should prioritise science in its prime objectives otherwise we would move towards more and more ignorance and disastrous situation of which remedy would not be possible easily.
At the end, certificates were awarded to the fellows of ST Science Journalism Fellowship 2021 by Prof Dr Yaseen Iqbal and Dr Khalid Khan while Asif Khan Turk presented shields to Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal, Prof Dr Yaseen Iqbal and Dr Khalid Khan on behalf of SJSP.