Alveena Khan, a female journalist from Peshawar, currently attached with Dawn TV
Peshawar. She completes her master in journalism and joins the field. Alveena Khan new in field of journalism but she is interested to become anchor.
Please tell us a little about yourself and how you chose to step into media for a career. (You can tell briefly about where you come from, your education, when you chose to work in media and what inspired you, where you started your media career, and what media sources you have worked for)
My name is Alveena Khan. I did my master in Journalism and mass communication, I started my career from Geo News as an intern reporter and now I am working in Dawn News as a reporter.
2. Did it ever become an issue to consider whether you, a lady, should enter media, especially a TV channel? (Did you have any fears, did your family support you, etc)
As I wanted to enter media my family always supported me.
3. How do you compare working for print media and for electronic media from a woman’s point of view? (Which of these is easy or difficult and why)
It depends on one’s own interest that whether to choose electronic media or print media, however, to work in electronic media it’s quite difficult but I was keenly interested to choose it as my career so love to work in electronic media.
4. What are your main job responsibilities now at the duty station? Do they sometimes affect the time you mean to give to your family? (Tell how you maintain the balance, especially in times of emergency call from office, any emergency assignment, etc)
The main responsibilities of my job are to conduct interviews in different events and to make news packages and cover health, education, culture etc.
5. Given the lower status of women in most parts of our country, do you feel there is a need for more women to join media and bring to public awareness women’s issues?
Yes, I think there is need for more women to join media and bring to public awareness about women’s issues.
6. What have been some of the most challenging assignments you did for your channel?
In electronic media every day I have to face a new challenge, there is no specific one that I can mention.
7. Today, a number of people feel that news reporting is all about creating sensation to get attention. Do you feel that news reporting on our electronic media needs reforms? (Please tell what kind of reforms they need)
Yes, that’s true that news reporting is all about creating sensation to get attention and media needs reforms.
8. Beside your channel, what other publications or information sources are you fond of? (Newspaper, digest, magazine etc? Also tell why you like it?)
Beside our channel the other information source I m fond of internet.
9. What in your opinion is the real meaning of success?
The meaning of success in my opinion is to achieve goals.
10. You live and work as a journalist in a very volatile region where the potential for violence and bombings is very real. How dangerous is it, and how do you deal with the situation on a daily basis?
Yes, it’s dangerous to work in this region but now I am use to it.
11. How do you report on these stories without putting yourself in danger?
Its quite difficult to do those stories without putting ourselves in danger.
12. What does winning the journalism award mean to you? You dedicated it to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
I have no idea.
13. What is it about being a journalist that makes it your passion?
The thing that make me passionate about my profession is that everyone from lower to high class, from beggar to politician everyone is answerable in front of me (in front of the camera and Mic in my hands)
15. Is it possible to get women more involved in policy making?
I don’t know.
16. Will you go anywhere if the story is important?
Yes, I will.
17. Are there enough female journalists reporting from Pakistan and covering women’s issues?
18. What is the toughest story you’ve had to report on?
Story about flood affected families in 2010.
19. How do you handle such a demanding job and Ur family relation?
There is not such issue in my family.
20. You’ve written hundreds of articles/ Program on women’s issues. What are the ones of most concern to women where you live?
I don’t remember.
21. Pakistan has become a living hell. What will it take for the country to change?
I can’t say anything about this issue.
22 What is your most important goal now?
I want to become a news anchor, so this is the most important goal in my career life.
23. Will you support your children / Relative to join Journalism?
Yes, I will.
24. During Reporting what is the behavior of male journalist?
Quite supportive but some of them don’t behave well.
25. How do you handle such a demanding job and your family issue?
There is not such issue in my family.
26. Did you receive any award of recognition as women journalist?
27. Being a woman journalist what you suggest for upcoming Women’s Journalists in KP province?
I will encourage them to come and join journalism field, in start of every field everyone face some difficulties but after some time they will over come those difficulties.