This International Student Journalism Conference is held by The LUMS Daily Student (LDS), the journalism society at LUMS that publishes the campus paper, The LUMS Post. It will be a two day event scheduled for November 21st and 22nd. This conference has been a passion project for our editorial board who, along with the rest of our society, have spent months trying to make the conference a space for constructive dialogue and collaborative learning for you, for us, & for other campus communities across the world. To make this conference as fruitful as we can for everyone, we will be inviting Pakistani journalists, strong student communities working for student welfare, & experienced student journalists as keynote speakers too. 


Syeda Aiman Zehra

Conference Head

You know, I as a student journalist only came to realize now in my junior year the kind of influence we can command in our campus community. We’re frustrated with certain decisions taken within the university, lack of safe spaces on campus and online, global crisis impacting education and mental health, financial insecurity, ineffective mechanisms for giving a voice to everyone? We can just write about it so our student body is equipped with facts and figures in their conversations and protests and the necessary person has to listen and follow up. That is what I want to hear about at this conference, how are all of you taking charge as a student journalist and how can we become a more effective body? Let’s get real everyone, I’m looking forward to gaining wonderful insights from all of you!

Muhammad Abdullah Tanveer

Conference Head

With the world going through a pandemic, I have come to realize how the smallest of efforts can have the greatest impacts. This, in turn, has made me realize the true power that we, as student journalists, truly hold. With this conference, I hope all of us can broaden our horizons, through enabling the exchange of different perspectives, on the evolution and growing importance of student journalism. I want you to share your views, your stories, and the steps you are taking to uphold the true values of journalism. I wish to see all of you at the conference so that we can indulge in constructive dialogue and achieve the aforementioned!

Conference Theme:
The Voice of This Generation–The Role of the Student Journalist Today

With this year’s theme, we aim to conduct the conference with an approach that cultivates civic engagement and a sense of responsibility that comes with being part of a campus community. Identity politics behind the “student” in “student journalism” along with priorities of an active and technologically advanced youth will be focal points of the discussion segments alongside traditional journalism and conscious narrative building.


Panel Talk

The panels will be made up of selected speakers from attending student papers and independent student journalists. A moderator/s will engage them in thoughtful discussions by posing a mix of broad and personalized questions for the panlists. Panelists are expected to be familiar with the current affairs and practices of their country/region, university, and student paper and should feel comfortable in conversing spontaneously. There will be a short QnA with the audience at the end.

Abstract deadline: All teams are required to submit an abstract detailing their talking points as a panel speaker by November 1st. You may apply for any or all panel talks, but we recommend at least two. You may send 1-2 people from your team to be considered as one spot on the panel. 

Time: The panel talk will be around an hour with a QnA of 10 minutes.


These events will be a chance for all student papers to participate by sharing their stories, experiences, and expertise in relation to the topics through presentations, followed by short QnAs with the audience. It would be ideal if every team could participate in each workshop. They can have as many people present from their side within the time slot. 

Presentations deadline: The presentation slides should be submitted by November 14th. This is so that we can ensure there isn’t a clash or overlap between teams and that everyone is on the same page. 

Time: Each team will have 10-15 minutes to present followed by a 5 minute QnA.


Editorial Board Culture & PracticesGround Breaking StoriesCreative Ventures in News Coverage & Content Creation
1. 13 Stars1. Aman Project1. Rebecca
2. Union of Campus Journalists2. 13 Stars2. LSNB
3. IBA Today3. LSNB3. 13 Stars
4. Perspective Magazine4. The LUMS post4. Aman Project


Keynote SpeakersPublicationsIndependent Journalists
Ilana Cohen, HarvardCaravan, AUC, EgyptSerena Puang, Yale
SNU News, SNUThe 68, LSE, UKFrancesca Story, The New School, US
Raza Rumi13 Stars, EuropeRebecca Duke Wiesenberg, Graduate UMass Amherst
Zahid AliThe Amsterdammer, UvA, Netherlands
Zoe CarpenterThe Perspective Magazine
Saiyna BashirIBA Today, Pakistan
Pride Press, Pakistan
Union of Campus Journalists, Nigeria
LSNB, LSE, Pakistan
The Aman Project


Time Zone: GMT+5
Starting time on 21st: 4:30 pm
Starting time on 22nd: 6:00 pm

Saturday, 21st November 2020

Event NameEvent DetailsTime (PKT i.e. GMT + 5)
OpeningWelcome Note and Event Introduction4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Editorial Board Culture and PracticesIntroduction and Keynote Speech – SNU News4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Participant Presentations and Conclusion5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Ground Breaking StoriesIntroduction and Keynote Speech – Raza Rumi6:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Participant Presentations and Conclusion7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Movements Shaping Journalism TodayIntroduction and Keynote Speech – Ilana Cohen8:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Panel Discussion and Conclusion8:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Closing Day 1Closing Note and Photographs9:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Sunday, 22nd November 2020

Event NameEvent DetailsTime (PKT i.e. GMT + 5)
Visual JournalismIntroduction and Keynote Speech – Saiyna Bashir6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Panel Discussion and Conclusion6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Collaborations Across Campus CommunitiesIntroduction and Keynote Speech – Zahid Ali7:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Panel Discussion and Conclusion8:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Creative Ventures in News Coverage and Content CreationIntroduction and Keynote Speech – Zoe Carpenter9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Participant Presentations and Conclusion10:00 pm – 11:15 pm
Closing Day 2Final Note and Photographs11:15 pm – 11:30 pm