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International Center for Journalists | Broadcast Consulting

International Center for Journalists | Broadcast Consulting

  • Client International Center for Journalists | Broadcast Consulting
  • Location Karachi, Pakistan
  • Venue Center for Excellence in Journalism
  • Deliverables
    • Review, analysis and feedback on the infrastructure plans, architectural drawings, electrical plans and diagrams developed by the local contractor in Pakistan
    • Review, analysis and feedback on the list of items purchased by ICFJ and their feasibility for the CEJ project build-out
    • Review, analysis and feedback on the planned equipment purchases by ICFJ
    • Provided recommendations on equipment re-sellers for the remaining equipment needed for completion of the project
    • Developed an equipment list and projected pricing to be sent out as a RFP to vendors
    • Reviewed equipment bids
    • Traveled to the Middle East for in-person site visits, discussions and detailed review of completed work and to meet with other project contractors and stakeholders

Services Provided

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) contracted Broadcast Management Group to provide broadcast consulting services for the build-out of a journalism school in Karachi, Pakistan – the Center for Excellence in Journalism. ICFJ was close to finalizing the build-out of their technical facilities in Pakistan and wanted an outside consulting team to assess equipment lists, architectural plans, and construction of the facility. Our broadcast consulting team served as advisors to ICFJ by reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations on all infrastructure, architectural, and electrical plans developed by ICFJ’s contractor in Pakistan.

As part of our broadcast consulting services, Broadcast Management Group provided feedback on the feasibility and completeness of the plans as well as a thorough review of all equipment lists to determine whether they were sufficient in achieving ICFJ’s goals of establishing a broadcast newsroom training facility. Our broadcast consulting team traveled to Karachi, Pakistan for a 3-day trip to meet with the contractors and on-site contacts responsible for the build-out of the facility. During the trip, Broadcast Management Group identified potential construction issues and made recommendations on improvements to the current design plans which will have a lasting impact on the success of the school.

The biggest challenge for this consulting project was understanding the resources available for the facility in Pakistan – specifically power and internet. The location of the broadcast facility in Karachi was subject to frequent power loss, meaning our consulting team had to ensure that the contractor factored in power redundancies wherever necessary.

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