Pearl news network
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-02-15
A project in the name of Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002 is aiming to help secondary school pupils across the globe to become student journalists and get their work published and recognised.
A joint project between the Daniel Pearl foundation and iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) has created PEARL (Prepare and Educate Aspiring Reporters for Leadership) World Youth News.
Through PEARL, it is hoped that the aspiring writers and editors from different cultures and countries can learn from each other. Currently, the project is running in several countries including UK, Ireland, Israel, Iran, USA, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
The initial range of content being produced covers news, features, entertainment and the performing arts. Students also get the opportunity to receive feedback from editors on their work which is currently done in Iran, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Once it is subbed, stories are then sent to a managing editor in the US who then puts it up on the PEARL website.
"Training one student in quality and unbiased reporting is tantamount to enlightening thousands and thousands of future readers," said Judea Pearl, president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
Schools across the world are being encouraged to take part in the project as well as using material in their own student publications.
"We are extremely gratified to see young people from such diverse backgrounds following Dannys footsteps and carving new paths to truth and understanding," added Daniel Pearl's sister Tamara, vice president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.