Yahoo! International Fellowradio development manager, Internews, Peshawar, Pakistan
Question: Create a radio news agency to provide news to Pakistan’s tribal areas.
During his fellowship, Tayyeb Afridi explored, discovered and embraced new approaches to creating and operating independent news organizations and lauched the Tribal News Network to serve the Tribal Areas of rural northwest Pakistan. “I realized that journalism is not only a public service, but also a business and should be treated like a business,” Afridi explained. “This entrepreneurial aspect of journalism was a transformative experience for me.” Through his experiences and coursework at Stanford, Afridi also came to see that developing an information economy is vital to creating an informed society in his home region, because it would bring both jobs and information that people need. He’s looking for opportunities to work with like-minded people on this and is interested in helping business people make connections and launch new media and information projects to serve the region.
Creating a credible, independent local news organization for the tribal areas of Pakistan.
Tayyeb Afridi leveraged his Knight Fellowship to launch Tribal News Network in northwest Pakistan in late 2013. He explains its mission and how it works.
Tayyeb Afridi grew up in Pakistan’s tribal areas. After studying journalism at the University of Peshawar, he worked as a reporter on local radio and print media. In 2006, he became a producer for Radio Khyber, which broadcasts in the region of the Khyber Pass. Here he began the first-ever radio bulletins of local news, which ran for two years despite the dangers posed by militancy in the region. Two years ago, he joined Internews Network, an international media development agency, to help organize training courses for local radio stations. Led by his passion to empower citizens in northwestern Pakistan, he is now establishing a news agency to broadcast balanced local news coverage for the tribal areas and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa on radio, online and mobile platforms.
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