I was invited to visit the Department of Mass Communication (DMC) at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) today. LCWU is a red-brick university, which will complete its 100 years in another seven years.
The very amiable Dr Anjum Zia, who had recently returned from her post-doc from Canada’s Carleton University, received me warmly.
She and her team showed me around – their broadcast lab equipped with Apple Macintosh desktops. I was taken to their photo studio, FM radio and TV studio.
I was also taken to their library which coincidentally hosted a collection of journalism and mass communication books that I gifted to them back in 2012.
Flashback: These books were once in the library of Institute of Media & Communications (IMC) that I founded in Islamabad in 1993, and ran for five years.
Some remarkable people went through our courses in journalism, advertising, public relations, TV journalism and political cartooning, who are now playing an important role in their chosen spheres.
In those years, everybody who was somebody in media taught there at my invitation.
I can think of people like anchor Syed Talat Hussain, PTV MD Muhammad Malick, Express Tribune and Dawn ex-Editor Ziauddin, Dawn‘s man in Washington DC Anwar Iqbal, Aaj TV’s Absar Alam, Dawn‘s Anjum Niaz, ARY’s Mubasher Lucman (yes!), Aljazeera’s cartoonist Shujaat Ali, Orient Advertising’s Mahmood Hashmi, Interflow’s Gulrez Mojiz, Ufone’s CMO Salman Wassay. And the list could go on.
I was in a hurry because I was conducting a training session at LCWU under an HEC-sponsored in-country on-campus modern university governance program and had to rush back to the session.
The lady in charge of FM radio wanted to interview me live, but I had to excuse to another time. Although I remember that they interviewed me for their TV channel on ‘Quality of journalism teaching in Pakistan’ a couple of years ago.
More when the FM radio interview happens. Until then, enjoy the pictorial coverage!
Wali Zahid is a futurist, disruptor, blogger, social media strategist, reformer, LinkedIn writer, author of iBook, Great Training in 10 Steps. He runs a #Pakistan2050 hashtag on Twitter. On walizahid.com, he’s writing a series called How We Messed Up Pakistan. As CEO of SkillCity, he coaches several Fortune-500 CEOs on leadership. He’s founder of a global movement for humanizing medical education and practice. He can be reached at Twitter @walizahid.
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