July 15, 2012
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February 14, 2009
Stepping into the fourth year of my journalism career, I look back and try to jot down the reasons, why am I a journalist. Flexibility, love for reading, passion for travel and photography, films are the basic instincts of my personality, but becoming a journalist is more of a societal thing I would say.
Born in a middle class traditional family in the culturally rich city of Lahore, I got educated in the local schools. At the age of 22, the rebel inside forced to raise my voice. So to me, a mix of personal struggle against the constraints of the backwardness of the society, the aggressions, a wish to stand and face, are the factors, which sculpted a journalist in me.
Before starting my journalistic pursuit in 2005 with a renowned TV news channel in Pakistan – Geo News (Urdu) as a full time broadcast journalist, my craving for study and research pushed me to deep dig the issues outlined in the newspapers such as Talibanisation, National Politics, Social Justice and Children’s issues. The society I live in is a gender biased, male dominated one, and despite of the media and technology wave here in Pakistan, women journalists who could go out there in the field, are hard to find. Being a person who accepts challenges, I decided not to allow the indifference of the society to be a hindrance in my professional life.
I continued reporting for television for two years. Meanwhile the passion for documentaries encouraged me to study filmmaking and I directed couple of documentaries enjoying every aspect of it. I discovered technical horizon of Television News production through different capacities like News producer, and Panel Producer (for live broadcast of hourly bulletins).
The offer from BBC World Service was something I considered a positive turn in my career and my creative instincts found Radio another challenging and exciting medium. When you know you have a 5 minutes bulletin and people would only listen to your voice, gives you such energy to work more effectively.
My determination towards my career has not only given me a respectful place in the society but also has encouraged lot of other women around me to step into journalism. Along with this helping the society to make them heard is a fulfilling feeling.
My career is an expression of myself and I am satisfied that I chose the right expression. Broadcast, print or Online; I find myself quite friendly with all genres. Despite of lack of opportunities and financial constraints, there is hope and self-confidence in me, so I step ahead everyday to make a difference through my career. Journalism has given me individuality, a power and an absolutely fantastic way to become a positive asset to my country. I believe there is a long way for me to go but being a person who loves to accept challenges; I guess it’s this right profession, which makes the journey more exciting.