Before taking journalism classes with Ms. Mariya, we did not know what journalism was and why it is important. But after taking just two classes, we are now better familiar with the art of telling the truth. On the first day of class, we learned that journalism is “telling the truth about the world.” This definition is by Richard Just, the executive editor of The New Republic. Journalism is very important in our society, and especially in those countries where democracy does not function properly, such as Pakistan. Journalism is essential because it provides access to information and allows people to know the truth. It also influences people’s thoughts and way of thinking.
Journalists Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach said in their book, “The primary purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing.” This is especially important in a democratic society, said Ms. Mariya, in which people have the right to be free-willed individuals. Pakistan claims to be a ‘democratic’ society, but in reality, its functionality needs a lot of work. As a Pakistani girl, I am disappointed in the amount of corruption in our government. I want to do something about this problem, which is why I have decided to participate in Ms. Mariya’s journalism program. I hope to tell my story. And I hope to tell it truthfully.
We are excited for an opportunity to be young journalists at our own school, the Al-Imtiaz Academy. Journalism will help us investigate the role of a free press in a democratic society while giving us a chance to voice our opinions about our school community. Having this voice and the ability to share our opinions will make us better citizens of this beautiful nation. We are all very excited and looking forward to the classes ahead! I thank Ms. Mariya in advance for all her hard work and time she is investing in us. Thank you!
By Mahnoor Qureshi