Najia Ashar dove deeply into journalism innovation and strategic leadership during her year at Stanford and in Silicon Valley. She participated in skills workshops, conferences and seminar discussions with thought-leaders in design thinking, technology, digital media and storytelling. She pursued her journalism challenge by experimenting with visualization and animation to create a safety guide for journalists. In addition, she participated in a wide variety of classes at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school), including strategic communication, International politics and entrepreneurship. One of her most valuable experiences was attending Professor Condoleezza Rice’s seminar class session, “Challenges and Dilemmas in American Foreign Policy – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Islamic Fundamentalism.” Ashar also had opportunities to interact with members of the Google News Lab team and BBC news and explored strategies for move to digital media that is coming in Pakistan. Ashar was asked to speak at numerous Stanford community events.
Q: How might online visualizations be used to provide safety training and guidelines to journalists?
A: The animatic security and safety guidelines I am working to create for Pakistani journalists are an engaging way to learn tips for working safely in various situations.
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"All these activities, feedback, suggestions and ideas opened a whole new world to me and helped me to pursue my challenge in a more effective way."
Najia Ashar is a broadcast journalist in Pakistan with more than a decade of experience. She has been a senior anchor and producer at Geo News, Pakistan’s most reputable news channel. Ashar also is a columnist and blogger, writing for the Daily Jang and The News international. She began her career in journalism as a researcher and writer with the state-run television network PTV, and soon worked her way to up hosting daily and weekly programs. In 2004, Ashar moved to work for Geo News. Initially, she provided the news bulletins from Dubai, before becoming the anchor for the main news bulletins in Karachi. She has reported live on many historic events. Ashar also has produced and hosted daily public affairs programs. She has a master’s degree in international relations. In 2013, she was also named a fellow at The East-West Center. She is passionate about journalism and truly believes that life is a never-ending learning process.
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