LAHORE: Lahore Alma went on to win The Convention for Aspiring Reporters and Media Anchors (Carma) for the second consecutive year.
The four-day event was organised by the Lahore University of Management Sciences Daily (Lums journalism society). According to Lums Daily president, Asghar Hussain Kazi, this year Carma pulled in double the number of participants as compared to last year.
Anchor IT was termed the most challenging and enjoyable event by many. Two members from each team had to host a show with two cricket players as part of the final round. Other events included Shootout at Lums, Print Pandemonium and Discover the Difference.
Maha Zaib Rashid of the Lahore Grammar School said, “I enjoyed Anchor IT the most. It made me realise how tough it is for the anchors to host a show.
It was really hard for me to control my laughter because the two students who posed as cricket players were very funny.” Abdullah Ali, a participant from Generation School, Karachi, complained that the time given to shoot and edit a video during Shootout at Lums was “not enough”.
“More than 60 per cent of the delegates were not able to finish the assignment in time,” Ali said. However, he termed Carma “ an amazing experience” overall. Ali Sihal, another participant described his experience as, “For four days we were real journalists”.
Event director, Syed Fozan Ali, said that the organising team had noticed some of its shortcomings, “Next year we will brief students before every challenge so they know what they are supposed to do because that was one complaint we kept getting.” Kazi said that the organisers have already started thinking about how to make the event next year better, “We will ask media professionals’ help next year to make it more real.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2011.
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