The Department of Mass Communication and the faculty of News Reporting organized an interactive session for some interesting insights into Election Reporting. The guest speakers were Mr Awais Hameed (Associate Executive Producer & Head Newsroom, Express News), Mr Jameel Sukhera (Senior Anchor, Express News) and Mr Imran Sanaullah (Senior Anchor, Express News). The guests shed light on different phases of the coverage of the electoral process and the compilation of the results. The session was very informative as guest shared thought provoking ideas about the process of elections in Pakistan and its coverage by the news teams of the media channels.
Mr Awais Hameed initiated the talk and talked about 4 major phases of election coverage including Pre Elections, Election Day, Results and Post Election coverage. He informed the audience how the whole news team is supposed to cover the electoral process. The election cells are especially formed in the news channels and the associated staff are being trained for the elections. The process includes exploring and verifying the facts and figures of different constituencies and the knowledge about competing candidates of different political parties. He also talked about the General Elections 2018 in which over 85,000 polling stations were established in the country and the news channels covered the major polling stations and prominent personalities during the process. With the technological advancements the result compilation system and other technical assistance have become easier. Mr Imran Sanaullah talked about what an anchor is supposed to do especially during elections transmission and he shared several interesting instances from his own experience as an anchor. Mr Jameel Sukhera talked about the outdoor reporting and the important aspects to be covered by the reporters during the election reporting. The session concluded with a Question and Answer session and distribution of souvenirs to the guest speakers by the Chairperson Department of Mass Communication, Ms Rachel Hasan.