Posted on February 18, 2016

Over the next three consecutive weeks, Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) will be hosting weekend workshops for high school students. Students looking to boost their high school experience with some out-of-class activity will benefit from a series of workshops being offered by NU-Q here in Qatar.

NU-Q is organizing sessions on investigative reporting, which will be particularly helpful to students who are considering careers in communication. “We began holding these workshops several years ago to introduce high school students to the college experience,” said Emily Wilson, community relations manager. “Over the course of three weekends, the students learn different aspects of a career in the field of communications. We have focused on digital media in the past and this year will explore investigative journalism.”

The workshops are open for students enrolled in grades nine through 12 and require English proficiency demonstrated through the submission of a writing sample. Because the workshops assume students have no prior knowledge of the media industry, they will be talking about introductory topics on journalism methodology, reporting, story-telling and social media. The presentations will be coupled with various hands-on activities.

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“Many of our strongest applicants come through pre-college programs, especially the Weekend Workshops,” said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO of NU-Q. “It offers high school students an opportunity to see first-hand what makes the NU-Q experience so exciting and unique, while also promoting media understanding in the region.” This semester, they will be taught by NU-Q graduates Maha Al Ansari, who currently works as an assistant journalist at beIN sports, and Haneen Hindi, community relations coordinator at NU-Q.

The workshops will take place on February 20, 27 and March 5 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Students are encouraged to apply through NU-Q’s online portal, and spaces are limited. Admission is competitive and students will be selected on a merits-only basis.

The next round of workshops will take place in May/June. Information will be available on NU-Q’s website: http://www.qatar.northwestern.edu/

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