CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 28, 2000
Eight South Asian journalists to visit UI, Iowa City April 30-May 4
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eight journalists from India and Pakistan will spend
five days in Iowa City visiting the University of Iowa School of Journalism
& Mass Communication and local newspapers to learn how U.S. institutions
are training fledgling journalists. During its April 30 to May 4 visit, the
group also will examine how students prepare to cover international issues.
On Sunday April 30, the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities
(CIVIC) will host a reception in the Amos Dean Rooms at the Sheraton Iowa
City from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for CIVIC members and others who wish to meet the
journalists. The reception is free and open to the public.
During their visit, the group will have lunch at noon Wednesday, May 3,
with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) where they will discuss
"Relations Between India and Pakistan in a Nuclear Era." The meeting
is open to the public and takes place in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall in the
Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. Lunch will be catered by India Cafe
and costs $5 for ICFRC members and $6 for non-members.
The eight members of this delegation are editors and reporters for a variety
of well-known newspapers and magazines. The goal of the program is to bring
the participants closer to understanding each other's perspectives on bilateral
issues and to establish cross-border relationships among media representatives.
In the course of their U.S. visit, the participants will gain exposure to
U.S. federal agencies involved in policy making, think tanks, academic institutions
and the media who observe U.S. foreign policy towards South Asia. The program
will also look at preventative diplomacy and conflict resolution with emphasis
on issues in security and conflict resolution in the region.
While in Iowa the group will visit two local daily newspapers, The Iowa
City Press-Citizen and The Iowa City Gazette, as well as two small-town weeklies,
The West Branch Times and the West Liberty Index. They also will visit the
Hoover Presidential Museum and Library in West Branch, and a school in West
Liberty to observe its unique bilingual education program. The journalists
will meet with UI faculty members involved with the Center for Human Rights
and the South Asian Studies Program.
The Indian journalists include: Pranay Sharma, diplomatic correspondent
for The Telegraph in New Delhi; Venky Mohan Narayan, senior diplomatic correspondent
for The Press Trust of India; Jyoti Shukla, associate editor of Rediff On
The Net; and Rakiyam Kandath Radhakrishnan, senior reporter for The Hindu
in Chennai. The Pakistani journalists are: Aamir Ahmed Khan, editor of The
Herald in Karachi; Zahid Hussain, senior assistant at Newsline in Karachi;
Asadullah Ghalib, editor and columnist for Jang in Lahore; and Javed Akhtar
Siddiq, executive editor and columnist for Ausaf in Islamabad.
CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international
visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person
basis. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S.
Department of State's International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional
exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
of the U.S. Department of State.
The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is hosting
the eastern Iowa City portion of the group's trip to the United States, with
program arrangements made by Delphi International, a non-governmental organization.
Interviews with the journalists can be arranged. They are all proficient
in English. For more information or a complete itinerary, call Tom Baldridge,
CIVIC executive director, at 335-0351.