October 9, 2012

Kuwait High School Journalism Program Completes 2nd Year

On October 8, 2012, iEARN hosted an End-of-Year Exhibition for U.S. Department of State sponsored High School Journalism Program. The event celebrated the achievements of the program and awarded participating educators, students and journalist for their effort in creating a successful program.

The event was attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Ambassador Matthew Tueller and representatives from the Kuwait Ministry of Education. Participants of the Kuwait High School Journalism Program including 45 students, 20 educators, and 4 journalist-mentors shared their experience with the year-long program through PowerPoint and poster presentations. In total, over 80 attendees were present to applaud the work of the students and the achievements of the High School Journalism Program.

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The Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Kuwait and the Middle East Partnership Initiative; and facilitated by iEARN.

May 28, 2012

Ministry of Information Interviewed by Students

Students from the Kuwait High School Journalism program practiced their newly acquired  journalism skills by interviewing key stakeholders in Kuwait. On May 16, 2012, a group of participants interviewed the Kuwait Minister of Information, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah, and former Kuwait Minister of Commerce and Member of Parliament, Dr. Yousef Zalzalah. 

Students organized and administered interviews with each Minister, taking photographs and asking about 20 questions to gain biographical information for each individual as well as their perspective on freedom of press and media in Kuwait. Each Minister answered each question for at least an hour. Students learned how Kuwait acquired the highest rating of press freedom in the Arab world. Furthermore, when Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah would do if he had the opportunity to change the press in Kuwait, he answered he would like pay attention to Kuwaiti press and stress the importance of responsibility and credibility in the field of journalism. Both individuals advised students to gain as much as they could from activities like the High School Journalism Education Program. 

Representatives from the US Embassy, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and iEARN attended the meeting, as well as members of the press. Please click here to view press coverage of the event. 

The Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Kuwait and the Middle East Partnership Initiative; and facilitated by iEARN.

May 7, 2012

Journalism Through a Lens

"If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips your heart, thats a good picture." - Eddie Adams, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.

On May 7th, 2012, the Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program organized a photojournalism symposium for participants. Photojournalist, Ali Al-Roumi from Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) presented to 50 teachers and students from 7 participating schools. 

Participants gained an in-depth understanding of the field and the responsibilities of photojournalists. In addition, student also learned basic skills in photography. 

April 26, 2012

High School Journalists Explore Evolution of News

As part of the Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program, teachers and students from 7 participating schools attended a symposium titled "News Through Press and Social Networks" on April 26, 2012.

Abdulwahab Al-Essa from Al-Watan TV Channel, and Shuaib Al-Hajri from Omedia Advertising Company addressed participants and explored how journalism has evolved with the advancement of social networks.

They explained that in the past, people needed to pay money to view the news. With the advancement of the internet, people can now access the news for free in the comfort of his or her own home. Additionally, different social network tools such as twitter, blogs, and facebook, now allow individuals to choose the origin and type of information they receive. Social networks has become an integral part of society they noted, adding that anyone with access to social networks can gain a voice and communicate with the general public without resorting to news agencies. Through the symposium, participants gained a greater understanding of the role social networks play in journalism and the responsibility of all individuals in providing accurate and meaningful news.

The symposium was attended by representatives of the US Embassy in Kuwait, the Middle East Partnership Initiative and iEARN; as well as members of the press. Please click here to view press coverage of the event.

The Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Kuwait and the Middle East Partnership Initiative; and facilitated by iEARN.

April 5, 2012

Kuwaiti Students Urged to Cultivate Electronic Media Skills for Journalism

On Wednesday March 28th 2012, the Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program sponsored a symposium on the development of student skills in electronic media.

In total, 55 students and 17 teachers from 9 different government high schools in Kuwait participated in the symposium. The lecture provided an overview of how electronic media is changing the journalism sector and the importance of gaining 21st century skills. Students also gained an understanding of the journalism sector including the rewards, ideology, ethics and challenges journalists face.

To conclude the event, a representative and former alumni of MEPI, Mariam Al- Shemali, gave a brief introduction to the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). She explained how MEPI is a regional program funded by the U.S. State Department which seeks to help citizens in the Middle East and North Africa develop more pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies. The initiative support citizens’ efforts at economic, social, and political empowerment, expanding opportunities for women and youth, and helping communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures. She encouraged students and teachers to take this opportunity to develop their skills in the Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program and actively participate in MEPI and iEARN Projects.

The Kuwait High School Journalism Education Program is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Kuwait and the Middle East Partnership Initiative; and facilitated by iEARN.