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Lahore Archdiocese trains young broadcasters

With terrorism dominating media reports, Pakistan 'desperately needs good news'

Lahore Archdiocese trains young broadcasters

Pakistani people listen to a speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on television at a shop in Islamabad April 5, 2016.  (Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP)

A Pakistan church communication center has offered workshops to aspiring broadcasters in the hope they will get to report good news as the country is tired of reports of bombings and bloodshed.

The National Catholic Social Communication Center in Lahore concluded a three-day media course titled "Anchors for Peace and Unity" on March 25. More than 25 people, including 16 female teachers, from all over the country received sessions on script and drama writing, radio recording, public speaking, drafting stories and other media skills.

Father Qaiser Feroz, director of Radio Veritas Asia Urdu, reviewed their projects and offered tips for improvement.

"People are tired of seeing fighting politicians and footage of bombings. We shall produce a new generation of anchors and broadcasters who give hope," Father Feroz told ucanews.com.

The priest plans to follow up with advanced training sessions and separate sessions for musicians this year.

Bishop Joseph Arshad of Faisalabad, chairman of the Commission for Social Communications, after distributing certificates, urged studio staff to hire top participants.

The church communication center could be a good platform for aspiring young people. Christian broadcasters can play a significant role in bringing peace and unity to our country that desperately needs good news, he said.

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