Adnan Rashid, 30, is a senior producer at IMEDIA and leads a team of radio journalists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Northern Pakistan. The radio journalists highlight social issues ignored by other media. Adnan is responsible for monitoring and selecting news stories, maintaining editorial standards and producing a 30-minute weekly program on the area’s social issues.
In 2010, Adnan created his own Media Dimensions Swat, a local media organization that works to improve the quality of journalism and educate people through media. Two years earlier, he established the first legal radio station, Pact Radio, in the Swat Valley region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He worked at Pact Radio as a Station Manager/Regional Coordinator until 2011. Since May 2009, Adnan also has been a freelance reporter for BBC Outlook.
Adnan began his journalism career as an intern for the University of Peshawar campus radio while still in graduate school. In October 2005, he was hired by Internews Media Network as a full-time radio producer assigned to highlight the plight of the Kashmir Earthquake victims. He also worked as an Assistant Director/Coordinator at Zeepar Studios producing video documentaries.
In 2005, Adnan completed his master’s degree in journalism and mass communication at the University of Peshawar. To improve his professional skills, he has attended various training workshops including “Intercultural Reporting” in Bonn sponsored by the Deutsche Welle Ackedime, the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism and the International Center for Journalists (2011).
Adnan’s main fellowship goals are to learn how to better use social media in his reporting and to develop his digital journalism skills.