HCT-Abu Dhabi Women’s Campus (ADW) Media students recently visited the Etihad Newspaper offices, one of the leading Arabic newspapers in the UAE and part of Abu Dhabi Media, to familiarise students with the media industry.
The students visited the publication’s different news departments, including economics, sports, local news and culture, where they met some of the journalists who described their daily rounds. These .
Not only did the students learn about the daily processes, including writing, editing, layout and placement of articles, they also learnt about how to collate and evaluate information from different sources. They were also introduced to the design of the newspaper and discovered the differences between the layout of the first, middle and last pages.
For these technology-aware students, the most exciting part of the visit was the Smart Room, which contains 12 large TV screens that emphasise hot spot areas where social media followers are most active. Journalist Dina Mustafa explained that these social media screens provided valuable information about hot spots and helped journalists write current trending news.
Hussain Rasheed, Head of Corresponding and Monitoring at the newspaper, shared his experiences, emphasizing the exciting side of the job. He stressed that the key to success is reading and being passionate about the job. He also told the students about the vacancies for training at Etihad newspaper and the need for hiring talented local writers in the future.
“Exposure to real world environments and practices not only enables students to connect the dots between what they do in class and the world of work, but it also gives them an opportunity to potentially gain employment opportunities which is a key strategic priority of HCT 2.0,” commented Dmitri Psiropoulos, ADW Programme Chair of Liberal Studies.