PUTAJ provides intellectual platform to researchers and scholars for sharing their scholastic knowledge and contribution of their respective fields of interest and expertise. As a reputable, national and international journal, PUTAJ receives contributions from academicians, researchers and policymakers for publishing their empirical research, conceptual papers, case studies and review articles on issues of local, national and international significance. PUTAJ – as an academic venture of the Peshawar University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) – has the distinction of being the only journal in Pakistan, which is managed and published by a teachers’ association. It clearly shows the commitment of PUTA executives for the welfare of the teaching community in general and their interest in promoting research culture in particular.
Realising the increasing role and pervasive influence of media – particularly social media and information technology – on people’s lives and the uses and abuses of the same, especially in socio-cultural and educational context, studying and exploring media matters has become an important area of academic research. Keeping this in view, PUTAJ’s Ediorial Team decided to publish a special issue on this theme. This special issue – media matters – brings together an array of papers that are from diverse disciplines ranging from journalism to library science, focusing on various aspects of media, social media and their interplay through communication technologies. The first article, contributed by Marwan and colleagues, compares and discusses the representation of US, Pakistani Government and its Military after the killing of Osama bin Laden in print and electronic media of Pakistan. The next paper authored by Sultan and his colleagues discusses the psychological phenomenon of FOBO (fear of being offline) experienced by young undergraduate students that have developed an addictive behavior towards various digital media and gadgets. Shahid Hussain and his associates explore the extent to which college and university students in Pakistan use new media technologies for education and social purposes. The next paper – written by Mufti and Ahmad – explores the influence of Facebook on the academic and social environments of undergraduate university students.
The article by Khattak and colleagues looks into the association between excessive Facebook usage and prevalence of depression amongst male and female users. New media and information technology has opened up a number of online learning opportunities for students. Obaidullah and associates explore students’ attitudes towards distance and online learing at the tertiary education level. Gul and her coauthors ciritically evaluate the use of media to further political ideology, discussing a specific radio show as a case study. Through a comparative study of three search engines – Google, Yahoo and Refseek – Jalal Uddin and colleagues explore precision and relative recall of these search engines using education keywords. Finally, Khan and colleagues investigate online Information Seeking Behaviour (ISB) of teachers and students for accessing teaching and learning resources through the main library of the University of Peshawar.
This year, in PUTAJ, readers would notice changes and innovations, which were possible due to the help and support of the PUTA executives. Firstly, in line with the HEC policy and international standards, a new, robust and professionally tailored website has been built for the journal. The new website caters to all the needs of the authors – right from submitting an article to its publication phase. Secondly, the Editorial Advisory Board has been restructured; we are delighted and humbled that a number of outstanding individuals have accepted our invitation to join the Editorial Advisory Board, representing academics from renowned universities and institutions of the world. This shows growing interest of researchers in publishing with PUTAJ and also demonstrates the incessant efforts of the editorial team.
My special thanks go to the contributors for their trust and interest in publishing with PUTAJ and they deserve appreciation for their patience for getting through a highly competitive review process and ultimately securing a place for their articles in this special issue of the journal. We welcome submission of quality articles in the field of humanities and social sciences.
Syed Munir Ahmad, PhD (Nottingham, UK)
Literary Secretary PUTA,
PUTAJ – Humanities and Social Sciences