Zajel, the Zayed University student publication, won a 2015 Mark of Excellence Award for “Best Online-Only Student Publication” from the Society of Professional Journalists. Fatima Karmostaji provided the details on the award.
In 2016, Zajel started publishing regular video news stories. And for the first time, Zajel published during summer school, despite the fact that it was Ramadan and there was only a skeleton staff.
Here are some of the 2016 Zajel posts from Abu Dhabi students:
Introducing Video News from ZU: Festival Time
When Mohammed Ali Visited the UAE By Sozan Al Qarzi
A Pearl Diver, Back from the Dead By Amna Al Zaabi
Hag Al Laila, Children’s Wonderland By Hajar Al Teneiji
ZU Students Share Stories, Encourage Reading at Abu Dhabi Book Fair By Noura Darwish
2016 ZU Film Festival Coverage
Best New Middle East Movies Spotlighted By Reem Al Hammadi and Staff Reports;
‘The Other Dimension’ by Emirati Student Tells Stories Worth Remembering By Reem Alhammadi;
‘Flipped,’ Short Film By Emirati, Teaches Dangers of Speed, By Hajar Al Hosani
Horse-riding Helps Student Learn About Her Own Character, By Hessa Al Haram
My Contagious Love for Classical Music, by Hajer Al Teneiji
I Spent Summer 2015 on an Amazing European Adventure, By Hooreya Al Muflahi
‘I Am Malala’, By Amal Al Zaabi
‘The Third Place’ Cafe Offers Art, Books and Good Coffee, By Dana Al Sarkal
‘Broadway’ Comes to Abu Dhabi, By Mashael Adel
Five Guys Burger Joint Opens at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, by Reem Alhammadi
Explain what each of these values are and why each is important.
Note that “lack of bias” is not one of the core ethical principles. Why not?
What are the challenges, pressures and limitations on achieving these values in the daily, weekly, monthly production of stories for public consumption?
Reflect on the following aphorisms, or words of wisdom:
“A reporter or storyteller is only as good as his or her sources.”
“Journalism is the first draft of history.” Give one example of how journalists got an historical event WRONG and one example of how journalists got an historical event right.
“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”
ZU Student Moza Al Hamrani has compiled resources on effective ways to tell stories. Students should read and follow the links.
Roy Peter Clark’s advice to students and young journalists on interviewing, listening, and note-taking.
Readers may not yet be willing to pay much for online editions of newspapers, but The Washington Post is leveraging the great reporting, strong writing and editing skills of its staff, as well as its massive archive of stories, into some impressive ebooks on important issues, available to download for between 99 cents and $5. Click.
Other newspapers around the world should follow the Post’s lead. This might not become a big revenue source, but it might give readers incentives to pay for annual online subscriptions in order to access the ebooks. Newspapers are still a great value.
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