NU-Q in the News

Qatari Women Push Boundaries to Excel in Media Thanks To Qatar Foundation

An increasing number of ambitious, young Qatari women are overcoming conventional attitudes and honing their creative skills, in order to pursue a career in the media industry. As one of Qatar Foundation’s top-ranking partner universities, NU-Q’s superior academic program helps prepare students for a productive career by equipping them with hands-on training.

Sara Abdulaziz Al Derham, 21, is a positive example of this change. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from NU-Q, with a major in Media Industries and Technology. Her passion for the field of communication knows no bounds, as is evident from her exemplary university performance and pursuit of extracurricular activities. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, AME Info, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Sharq. May 6, 2014.

NU-Q celebrates third graduating class

Northwestern University in Qatar honored its third graduating class at graduation exercises Sunday, May 4, in a ceremony where students heard an address by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jehane Noujaim. The Class of 2014 included 14 different nationalities, demonstrating Northwestern University’s historical role in promoting global understanding and developing a multinational alumni network for its graduates. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Bawaba, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan, Qatar News Agency. May 4, 2014.

Parsing Arab Spring offers second thoughts on the popular term

The uprisings in the Middle East since the winter of 2010-11 gathered easily under the term “Arab Spring.” But what is the impact of such a simplified title on public views of complicated socio-political events?

NU-Q professor of journalism Ibrahim Abusharif explores the range of perspectives around the phrase in Parsing Arab Spring, the first occasional paper – a paper that is part of a series contributing analysis to a debate - recently published by the university. The Peninsula, Al Bawaba, Zawya, Qatar Foundation, Business Standard, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Bawaba. April 28, 2014

NU-Q and THIMUN Qatar award student filmmakers seeking social change

A heart-wrenching portrayal of the lives of carriers in Qatar’s souqs, Amal Al-Muftah’s Al-Hammali, was winner of the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival’s award for Best Picture, taking home a check for 10,000 riyals.

The film, which also won the People’s Choice Award by YouTube viewers and the festival audience, was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Story, Best National Picture, and Best Picture. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Zawya, Al Bawaba, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan, Al Bawaba. April 23, 2014

Nearly half of Arabs watch American films, yet most want more regional content: survey

Findings from a massive pan-Arab study released by Northwestern University in Qatar in partnership with Doha Film Institute show high region-wide concern about cultural preservation and support for media regulation, but also a general embrace of international content.

The survey reveals that 65% of residents in six Arab countries want more content portraying their own culture and history, while an equal number (66%) say people benefit from watching content from different parts of the world. Over 70% region-wide want greater regulation of romantic and violent content. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Saudi Gazette, The National, Al Arabyia, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN, Al Sharq, Al Raya, AL Arab, Al Watan, QNA, Al Jazeera, Al Iqtisdeyia, Al Wafd. 16 April, 2014.

NU-Q students research role of Qatari women in society

Female student researchers from Northwestern University in Qatar have begun to observe and interview Qatari women about their influence on society. Their findings promise to offer a window of insight on the relationship between female participation in social groups, known as majlis al-hareem, and their empowerment in society at large.

Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, assistant professor in NU-Q’s liberal arts program, led the study ““is the first of its kind to survey a large sample of Qatari women about their participation in social groups and their choices in the economic, educational and political spheres.” The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Chronicle, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab, Women News Network. April 7, 2014

NU-Q celebrates talent at annual media awards 

NU-Q students walked the purple carpet in the HBKU Student Center ballroom as part of the annual Student Media Awards ceremony on Tuesday night. The event highlighted 13 outstanding projects from four categories—communication, journalism, liberal arts and independent media. Awards included Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Critical Analysis, Best Cinematography, Best Poem, Best News Video Package and Best Article, among others. The awards were hosted by the NU-Q Student Union with the support of NU-Q's Film Society and Society of Professional Journalists. The Peninsula, Al Arab, Al Watan, Al Sharq, Qatar is Booming, WebRader, Qatar News. March 28, 2014

Top NU-Q scholars from Qatar and US launch “On the Ground”

In an effort to understand the onset of massive power shifts in the Middle East, scholars from Northwestern University in Qatar and Northwestern University’s  Middle East and North African Studies program in Evanston, Illinois, collaborated to  publish an engaging  monograph entitled On the Ground: New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies, edited by Professor Brian T. Edwards.

The launch in Doha provided students and audiences with an avenue to interact directly with a panel featuring an NU-Q professor who participated in the book, as well as other faculty experts in the field of Middle East Studies. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Al Bawaba, Qatar is Booming, Zawya, AME Info, Motaded.Net, Al Bawaba Arabic. March 25, 2014.

NU-Q recognizes top achievers

Northwestern University in Qatar recently celebrated the successes of students who demonstrated academic excellence, securing their spots on the fall semester Dean’s List.

According to dean and CEO of NU-Q, Everette E. Dennis, the top achievers “have worked hard to benefit from NU-Q’s practical field experience and a world-class media and liberal arts curriculum—they have developed skills to impact the media landscape, regionally and worldwide. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Al Bawaba, Qatar is Booming, Topix, Gulf in The Media, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Al Bawaba Arabic, EN News, Anbaa.Net. March 21, 2014.

5 things you don't need to know but might want to

Two students, Jason Chen and Harrison Macon have earned all-expense-paid trips to Qatar to attend the THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) Qatar Northwestern Film Festival, which serves as a platform for young people worldwide to create advocacy films on local or global issues.

Jason Chen and Harrison Macon, both sophomores at John Burroughs School, a college-preparatory day school in St. Louis, Missouri, have each had documentaries they produced nominated for awards at the festival. St. Louis Business Journal. March 19, 2014.

QU conference provides unique perspectives on Middle East

Several NU-Q faculty, as well as Associate Dean for Research Dr Klaus Schoenbach, represented NU-Q at the "Perspectives on Middle East Studies" conference held at Qatar University. Part of "Cambridge in Qatar," the conference drew about 200 participants from the diplomatic and academic communities.

The four Northwestern University in Qatar faculty who took part in the “Cambridge in Qatar” program are professor Khaled Hroub, lecturer in residence Sean Burns, assistant professor Jocelyn Sage Mitchell and assistant professor Zachary Wright.

The two-day gathering, which was organized by QU's College of Arts and Science in co-operation with Cambridge University Centre of Islamic Studies, featured presentations from academics, researchers and experts from a number of prominent educational institutions and universities. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, AME InfoBreitbart News Network, MENAFN. March 18, 2014.

Survey series examines Arab attitudes about media

Three years after uprisings across the Arab world expanded space in some countries for media and political freedom, Northwestern University in Qatar is examining just how media is used in the region. On April 16, Northwestern University in Qatar and the Doha Film Institute will release results of a survey that questioned 6,000 people in six countries on the use of entertainment media in the Arab world. The Entertainment Media Survey continues the research journey began with Media Use in the Middle East study published last year. Al Fanar Media. March 11, 2014.

NU-Q welcomes new associate dean for research and first director of media gallery

A renowned scholar and a leading museum professional have joined the leadership of Northwestern University in Qatar, the university announced. Pamela Erskine-Loftus and Klaus Schoenbach will direct the NU-Q gallery and museum, and research program, respectively. Al Arab, Al Watan, Al Sharq, Qatar News Agency, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, All Voices, Qatar is Booming, Topix, Zawya, QF Radio, ViralNewsChart, RozBlog, NA News. March 15, 2014.

Academy Award-nominated director of The Square to address NU-Q graduates

Oscar-nominated director, Jehane Noujaim will be the graduation speaker at Northwestern University in Qatar’s ceremony on May 4, the university announced today.  Her latest documentary, The Square, is the first Egyptian film to receive an Oscar nomination.

“In selecting a graduation speaker we seek a person who exemplifies the values of Northwestern University in Qatar and its commitment to freedom of expression. A person whose life and work represents the world of communication, journalism and liberal arts as well as one who connects the Middle East and Arab world with the US,” said NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette Dennis. Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan, Al Sharq, Qatar News Agency, Qatar Tribune, AME Info, Qatar is Booming, Federation of Arab News Agencies, Zawya, BretiBrat News Network, Al Bawaba, Qatar News, iNewsArabia. March 9, 2014.

[STUDY] 45% Qatar residents access the Internet once a day to visit social media websites; Facebook is the most popular

ictQatar released a presentation this month titled ‘Social Media Use in Qatar in 2013’. The presentation reveals that about 45% residents in Qatar visit social media websites at least once a day, spending an average of 2 hours on them. From these, Qataris spent an average of 3 hours per day; while nationals aged 18-24 spent an average of 4 hours per day. The findings are a compilation of some popular studies conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar, Top 100 Arabs and Go Gulf. JustHere. February 23, 2014.

NU-Q students launch groundbreaking website to probe environmental issues

Students enrolled in the advanced online storytelling course at Northwestern University in Qatar are launching a multimedia news website,, which investigates Qatar’s environmental issues and the initiatives the government is taking to tackle these problems.

“In 2012, Qatar hosted the COP18 conference, which I thought was really informative,” said Christina Paschyn, instructor of the NU-Q journalism course. “Qatar has the highest carbon emissions per capita in the world, and I think it is important for people to cover the story and what Qatar is doing to lower its environmental footprint.” Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Qatar News Agency, QF Telegraph, Zawya, Al Bawaba, AME Info, Qatar is Booming, JustHere, Federation of Arab News Agencies, Doha Insight, Sanou Al Hadth. 22 February, 2014.

NU-Q students in high demand at fourth annual Career and Internship Fair

NU-Q's annual career fair on February 5, drew executives from over 24, top media companies, all eager to help students map out their futures.

Doha Film Institute’s senior human resources officer, Heba Ahmed was keen to attend NU-Q’s career fair this year to recruit NU-Q students for DFI’s specialized internship program. She said, “We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and active NU-Q students to apply to our internship program, which aims to expose these students to real work environments. Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Qatar News, iNewsArabia, QF Telegraph, Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Zawya, Gulf in the MediaQatar is Booming. 15 February, 2014.

US President’s advisor on science and technology to visit Doha

Dr. Chad A. Mirkin, a world-renowned American chemist and pioneer in the realm of nanotechnology, will visit Doha, Qatar, February 17-20, to give a keynote address at the Second Middle Eastern Conference on Biomedical Engineering, and to forge relationships for international collaborations.

Mirkin serves as an advisor to President Barack Obama on science, technology, and innovation in his role as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Arabian Business, Hispanic Business,  AME Info, Marhaba, Al Bawaba, Doha Press,  Qatar is Booming. 9 February, 2014.

Qatar’s media taboo

Christina paschyn, a lecturer of journalism at Northwestern University based in Qatar (NU-Q) recently published an in-depth report for Chime for Change about a local taboo that prevents Qatari women from appearing in published photos and on television. Chime for Change is a new global campaign, funded by Gucci, which focuses on raising funds and awareness for female empowerment.

“Here, journalism is viewed negatively as a profession,” says Paschyn. “It is considered low paying and not prestigious. In addition, many locals are wary of the media. They do not necessarily trust journalists to get the story right or are afraid their quotes will be misconstrued, changed or used against them. Arabian Business. 7 February 2014.

Northwestern invites prospective students to ‘Discover NU-Q’

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) opened its doors to prospective students in a bid to support them through the application process required to pursue a Northwestern degree in journalism or communication.

“NU-Q is a one-of-a-kind university,” said NU-Q Dean and CEO, Everette E. Dennis. “Our program is the same as the one in the United States and is a program that will provide you, as students, with a deep knowledge of the industry and the region.” Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Qatar Tribune, Qatar Foundation Press, AME Info, Marhaba, Qatar News, iNewsArabia, Shofakhbar, Al Khaleej News, Al Bawaba, IloveQatar, Qatar is Booming. 30 January, 2014.

NU-Q students gain hands-on experience at leading media firms

More than 20 students from Northwestern University in Qatar are preparing to experience professional life at some of the world’s foremost media organizations as part of their residency programs.

The prestigious media and communications organizations that will host NU-Q students this year include Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, BLJ Worldwide, Huffington Post (HuffPost) Live, all based in New York City, as well as Euronews in Lyon, France. Students will also work with top publishers such as the Boston Globe and esteemed journalism organizations such as the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Washington, D.C.).

Haya Al-Mannai, who spent her residency at Bloomsbury Publishing in 2013, said her time there helped her become “more confident and independent as a person. Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Qatar Tribune, Marhaba, Qatar News Agency, iNewsArabia, AME Info, Zawya, Qatar is Booming, Qatar News, Al Bawaba, SiloBreaker. 26, January 2014.

Palestinian Professor Khaled Hroub discusses Arab Booker Prize in Bahrain

Bahrain –based Abdullah Al Zayed Cultural Center hosted this week Khaled Hroub, Palestinian academic and NU-Q Professor in Residence. Hroub, who is on the board of trustees for the Arabic “Booker” Prize for Literature, highlighted the role of the Booker Prize in enriching and developing Arabic fiction and the prize’s importance in representing the modern Arab persona. Hroub also discussed the challenge represented by taboos in Arab writing and its effect on the development of this genre. Al Ayam, Al Watan. January 19, 2014.

From science to script-writing, TEDx Education City tackles interpretations of ‘branching out’

Over 400 people attended the second edition of TEDxEducationCity conference, organized by Hamad Bin Khalifa University students and led by NU-Q student Jaimee Haddad.  The event featured six speakers from a myriad of professions and disciplines, including Susan Pak, a screenwriting professor at Northwestern University in Qatar and Sara Al-Saadi, a documentary filmmaker and NU-Q alum.

Pak spoke about her journey of failure and the way she found her passion. “Our success is not defined by other people's hateful reactions, or by how we can humble brag at cocktail parties,” she said in her talk. Al Arab, Al Raya, Al Watan, Al Sharq, Qatar News Agency, Qatar Tribune, Qatar News, Zawya, AME Info, Doha Press, Qatar is Booming, Marhaba, Just Here, SiloBreaker, Mediame January 19, 2014 

Top talent joins NU-Q’s expanding leadership team

Northwestern University in Qatar has added two seasoned executives to its leadership team to start the New Year.

Kathryn B. Symank and Paul F. Reilly join NU-Q in January 2014 as Chief Operations Officer and Director of Media Strategy, Marketing and Communication, respectively. These critical appointments come at a time when the university is experiencing significant growth, as evidenced by increasing enrollment, research activities and the construction of its new building. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, OANA News, SiloBreaker, Zawya, AME Info, Marhaba, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, Qatar News, Zawya, AME Info, iNewsArabia. January 8, 2014

On its 26th anniversary: What next for Hamas?

In an op-ed published on Al Jazeera’s online opinion section, Khaled Hroub, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Arab Media Studies at Northwestern University in Qatar, argues that Hamas has suffered from the Muslim Brotherhood’s loss of power in neighboring Egypt. Its image as a resistance movement has been tainted by tacit and agreements with Israel to keep the borders calm. Hroub, who is a senior research fellow at University of Cambridge’s Centre of Islamic studies, argues that if there is much for Hamas to celebrate on its 26th anniversary, there is also more to worry about. Al Jazeera December 31, 2013. 

In Qatar, local women approach broadcast journalism tentatively

As gender expectations in Qatar continue to evolve, the broadcast sphere should no longer be so off-limits, argues Christina Paschyn, a journalism instructor at Northwestern University in Qatar. In a recently published in-depth report for Chime for Change, an organization that focuses on women’s empowerment, the lecturer explores the role of Qatari women in changing society. Doha News December 28, 2013.

NU-Q honors Spring '13 Dean's List

NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette E. Dennis recognizes students on the spring 2013 Dean's List. Communication majors on the Dean's List have successfully achieved 3.75 grade point average (GPA) on three graded courses, while journalism majors on the list have achieved a 3.7 GPA on three graded courses or two residency courses. NU-Q students receive elite instruction in communication, journalism, and liberal arts. Qatar Tribune, ILoveQatar, Qatar is Booming, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Qatar News Agency, AME info, Araby online, iNewsArabia December 22, 2013

Creating the next leaders in journalism

In an interview with Qatar Foundation’s Telegraph, Dr Everette Dennis, Dean and CEO of NU-Q, talks about the university’s strategy to develop the country’s media industry. “Our role here is to prepare people to be the most effective communicators in the world. The quality of our enrolled students is superb, the faculty is very strong and staff want to come and work here.” In the long term, NU-Q is exploring the possibility of offering a Master’s program in Media Industries and hopes to establish executive education, weekend courses, and short courses, for people already working in the industry. QF Telegraph December 16, 2013

Children and their parents report from the anchor's chair at NU-Q's live news cast from Ajyal

Nine NU-Q journalism and communication students operated a newsroom, which broadcast live hourly updates from the Ajyal Film Festival and streamed live onto the Doha Film Institute website. Throughout the Festival's 'Family Weekend' children and parents were invited to try presenting the news themselves from the anchor's chair while family and friends watched from the studio. The NU-Q students were supported by production staff from the university's own television studios. Qatar Tribune, Just Here, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan. iNewsArabia. November 30, 2013

Expert at NU-Q 'Big Data' Symposium: Equivalent of over 100 million years of video expected by 2015

The world is projected to produce 8 zettabytes of digital content by 2015, the equivalent of over 100 million years of video, Big Data expert Martha Stone told attendees of Northwestern University in Qatar's symposium yesterday. 80% of this data, she said, continues to be unstructured and disorganized, especially as it is generated by audiences on platforms such as Twitter and YouTube.

Big data is a label used to describe data sets with sizes and complexities well beyond the capabilities of day to day statistical software. Analysts argue that the rise of digital and mobile communications have accelerated the growth of these immense databases. 

Stone spoke alongside several leading Big Data scholars and journalists including NU professor Larry Birnbaum, co-director of the Intelligent Information Laboratory at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Kathy McKewon Director, Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia University, and Darnel Moore, Managing Partner at Perception Consulting, who spoke about how sports marketers can use Big Data to better understand and influence fan behavior. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Media Shift, Zawya, Qatar is Booming, Silo Breaker, Al Bawaba, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Qatar News Agency, FANA News, Shofakbar, Jadeed News, Al Bawaba. November 20, 2013

NU-Q partners with the Doha Film Institute to research entertainment media and cultural attitudes in six Arab countries

Northwestern University in Qatar and the Doha Film Institute are set to partner on a research project that explores trends in entertainment media consumption in the Middle East.

The survey research will explore how people in the MENA region consume and create media pertaining to entertainment, culture, and sports in six countries including Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia. By asking about both the role of entertainment in people's lives and cultural attitudes, researchers hope to learn more about media use and society in the post-Arab spring era. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, FANA News, OANA News, Gadget Rumors, All Voices, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, Qatar News Agency, FANA News, Qatar News. November 18, 2013

Award winning Pulitzer Center journalists advise students on reporting the Muslim world

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) hosted the three award-winning journalists from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C last week for a speaker series about covering the Muslim world for international audiences.

The accomplished journalists included Alia Malek, a Syrian-American and author of A Country Called Amreeka: US History Retold through Arab American Lives, Ayman Oghanna, an award winning Iraqi-British photojournalist and Habiba Nosheen, a Pakistani-Canadian multimedia journalist whose documentary, Outlawed in Pakistan, aired on PBS Frontline earlier this year. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Bawaba, Qatar is Booming, Zawya. November 10, 2013

NU-Q students discuss technology and new media with Sony President

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) hosted Shoji Nemoto, Exective Vice President and Corporate Executive Officer of Sony Corporation. The Sony top executive was in Qatar to explore opportunities in Qatar’s vastly growing media industry. During his visit, Nemoto engaged with NU-Q students on topics including their diverse studies and their various internships at leading media organizations such as Al Jazeera and The Economist. Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Zawya, iNewsArabia, Doha Press, Qatar is Booming, All Voices, Topix, InfoQat, Viral News, SiloBreaker. November 8, 2013

Master's program on its way to NU-Q

In an interview with Al Sharq newspaper, Dean Everette E. Dennis speaks about efforts to launch a Master's program, in tandem with plans to move into NU-Q's new campus in Qatar Foundation's Education City. Al Sharq also reports that NU-Q has received a $1m research grant from Qatar National Research Fund to finance a research project revolving around the relationship between technology and heritage. In his interview the Dean also speaks about the university's plans to host a number of events and conferences around media, data and technology in the coming months. November 7, 2013

NU-Q to tackle connection between "Big Data" and media at open symposium

In an effort to advance the understanding of how large, complex data can be used by media organizations and grasped by their audiences, Northwestern University in Qatar is set to host an open symposium, to be held on November 19 under the theme “Big Data, Smart Media? Connecting Content, Audience and Information.”

The Economist's Data Editor and former Wall Street Journal technology editor, Kenneth Cukier, will open the session with insights from his recent book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Qatar is Booming, Al Bawaba, Marhaba, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Qatar News Agency, News QA, Federation of Arab News Agencies. October 28, 2013

Hroub: NU-Q grads with Middle East studies certificate will excel in job market 

In this interview with Al Arab newspaper, Khaled Hroub, N-Q Professor in Residence, explains the requirements and benefits of Northwestern’s Middle East studies certificate, saying it will ensure that NU-Q graduates will be adequately equipped and adaptable to Middle Eastern job markets. Hroub also discusses the current state of Arab media, arguing that they have become 'polarized and biased.' Al Arab. October 19, 2013

Top media representatives agree data on Qatari media market needs greater accessibility and better understanding

Leading representatives of the media industry in Qatar identified the importance of transparent access to comprehensive data on the consumption of media in Qatar at Northwestern University in Qatar’s 3rd Media Industries Forum. The Forum brought together experts from a wide range of media sectors to discuss pressing issues facing Qatar’s media industry. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Digital Qatar, Marhaba, The Edge, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Wasat, Shof Akhbar, iNewsArabia. October 7, 2013

NU-Q students report back from Global Media Experience

Twelve students from Northwestern University in Qatar visited influential media centers in New York and Dubai as part of the university’s first Global Media Experience Program. The students explored extremely diverse and powerful media centers such as the New York Times, NBC and Dubai’s Media City. The Global Media Program allows NU-Q students to develop a global context for their Northwestern media studies. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, AME Info, Zawya, Qatar is Booming, News Hour 24, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Watan, AME Info. September 23, 2013

Hundreds of Qatar’s high-schoolers experience world of leadership through debate and film-making

More than 400 students, teachers and mentors from schools in Qatar and across the region attended Qatar’s MUN and Film Leadership Conference 2013 at Education City. The Conference is jointly organized by THIMUN Qatar Regional Office – a partnership between The Hague International Model United Nation’s office and Qatar Academy - Northwestern University in Qatar and Georgetown University in Qatar. The Qatar Leadership Conference features a programme of workshops, debates and group activates which hone the leadership skills in youth set to embark on their search for leadership at the undergraduate level and beyond. Qatar Tribune, Qatar is Booming, SiloBreaker, Al Arab, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Watan, Al Bawaba. September 29, 2013

GU-Q and NU-Q launch joint Media and Politics program

Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Al Bawaba, Al Arab, Al RayaAME Info, Qatar News. September 17, 2013

Newsroom, stage and broadcasting station in NU-Q’s new building

Northwestern University in Qatar is growing. NU-Q Dean Everette Dennis elaborates on NU-Q’s developmental plans in an interview with Al Raya.  According to Dean Dennis, NU-Q’s new state-of-the-art building will include new production studios and a multipurpose newsroom. Al Raya, Qatar News. September 15, 2013 

89% of Qataris use the Internet through their phones

Northwestern in Qatar’s recent Media Use in Qatar Survey Results reveal that Qatari citizens spend at least 19 hours watching TV weekly Moreover, 89% percent of Qataris access the internet through their phone. These Qataris spend 22 hours on their phone internet on a weekly basis. Al Sharq, Qatar News. September 14, 2013

NU-Q will launch Master’s courses in two years: dean

Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Gulf in the Media, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, Qatar News. September 10, 2013

NU-Q welcomes largest freshman class of journalism and communications majors to date

Northwestern University in Qatar welcomed its largest freshman class of 55 undergraduates during a convocation ceremony held at the Qatar National Convention Centre this week. The Class of 2017, including 22 Qataris, was welcomed into the Wildcat community by Dean and CEO of NU-Q Dr. Everette E. Dennis and Yara Darwish, President of the Student Government, in the presence of friends, family, and NU-Q staff, as well as faculty and alumni. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan. August 26, 2013.

Middle East media surveys find mix of freedom, controls and contradictions

The Arab world's relationship with media is -- like the region itself -- complicated and often contradictory and one that has been changing rapidly since the Arab Spring. Northwestern University in Qatar published a survey last month, focusing primarily on media usage in the region. The survey polled 10,000 individuals across eight countries on their media views, and found that Internet freedom is valued, but so is regulation. CNN. August 4, 2013.

Northwestern students from Doha and Evanston campuses launch e-book on water and food security

Students of Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, and their counterparts in Qatar, have launched a collaborative e-book investigating the challenges Qatar faces in ensuring food and water security for the country. The five-chapter e-book, available online at the iTunes store, explores how Qatar, which currently imports over 90% of its food, can become more self-sufficient and sustainable in sourcing food supplies for its growing population. Gulf News, Qatar Tribune, Gulf Times, Peninsula, FANA News, Qatar Chronicle, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab, Qatar News. August 3, 2013.

Qatar’s high school students get a glimpse of life in the film industry

High School students practice cinematography and lighting during the Film Appreciation and Criticism Summer Course this week at Northwestern University in Qatar’s Summer Media Institute. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Watan. July 6, 2013.

New QNRF grant for students

The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) announced a new cycle of grants worth $1,570,088 for undergraduate students in Qatar. Northwestern University in Qatar was among the awarded institutions in UREP’s latest cycle. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Raya, Al Sharq. July 4, 2013.

Chill wind of fear is still blowing through Arab spring countries

Websites such as Facebook were said to have been vital during the Arab spring, but a survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar suggests few in the Middle East feel safe to express their views on the internet. The Guardian, SF cyclist, News RT. June 16, 2013.

New poll shows growing Arab trust in regional press

Although American trust in media has plummeted according to poll after poll, Arabs say the quality of their regional media is on the rise, led by Al Jazeera, which is making inroads in the US as its profile soars. According to a sweeping Arab world public opinion survey released by Northwestern University in Qatar, 61 percent of respondents said that the "quality of reporting in the Arab world" has improved in the last two years. The Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo News , Al Jazeera, Al Maghreb Today. June 17, 2013.

42% of UAE residents want tighter web controls, study shows

Despite restrictions placed by service providers and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, 42 percent of UAE residents believe further controls are necessary. The finding is part of a study by Qatar's Northwestern University called Media Use in the Middle East - an Eight-Nation Survey, which investigated attitudes towards media in the region. The National. June 18, 2013.

Internet more important news source to Qataris than TV

Northwestern University in Qatar has released new findings from an eight-nation survey indicating many people in the Arab world do not feel safe expressing political opinions online despite sweeping changes in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’. Al Arab. June 18, 2013.

Facts: media consumption in the Middle East

Northwestern University in Qatar, in collaboration with Harris Interactive, partnered with the World Internet Project to conduct a research project in the Middle East. The survey research explores media consumption in eight MENA countries and how it impacts their lives and communities. Al Hayat. June 18, 2013.

Middle East residents ambivalent about expressing political opinions

Northwestern University in Qatar has released new findings from an eight-nation survey indicating many people in the Arab world do not feel safe expressing political opinions online despite sweeping changes in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’. Al Sharq, Al Watan, Qatar Tribune, Marhaba, Qatar is Booming, Zawya, Gulf News, Doha News, Swiss Info, Dar Al Akhbar, Kouf News, An7a, Al Wasat News, Al Quds, iNewsArabia,, Mubasher, Al Fajr,, Masress; Almougaz, Asrar Al Esboo’, Akhbar Now. June 19, 2013.

For some in Arab nations, Facebook is the only news source that matters

When it comes to the evolution of media, and the growing role of social networks in how the news is distributed, there’s often a focus on trends in the U.S. and North America—the death of newspapers, the rise of Facebook and Twitter, and so on. At least some of these trends appear to be more advanced in other parts of the world: According to a recent survey of attitudes toward the media in a number of Arab nations, which was conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar, Facebook is one of the leading sources of news in countries such as Bahrain and Tunisia. Bloomberg Business Week, Gigaom. June 20, 2013.

MidEast users wary of posting web comments – survey

Less than half of the Middle East population believes it is safe to express political opinions on the Internet, while one-third worry that governments or large institutions conduct surveillance of their online activities. More than 10,000 people were surveyed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Egypt during the inaugural research by Northwestern University. Arabian Business. June 19, 2013.

Lessons Learned along Edgware Road

Rami Khouri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and editor at large of The Daily Star newspaper, give his take to The Daily Star on the findings of a regional survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar (NUQ) on how people use the mass media in the Arab world. Middle East Online. June 19, 2013.

Study: Facebook third most popular news source in Arab world

Facebook is the third most popular outlet for sourcing news in the Arab world, behind Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, according to a survey published by Northwestern University in Qatar., CNP (Venezuela), Emirates Today, IVN, Ereiser, Everyeye. June 18, 2013

Around 54% of Jordanian adults do not use Internet – study

Around 54 per cent of Jordanian adults do not use the Internet, most of whom say they find it confusing, according to a recent study conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar on media usage. TMC Net. June 25, 2013.

Egyptian fear expressing political opinions online, study shows

Egyptians are afraid of expressing their political opinion on the internet post Jan 25, according to a survey published by Northwestern University in Qatar. Arabs Today, Veto Gate, Akhbarna Al Youm, Mogmal. June 22 2013.

Georgetown and Northwestern announce joint program in media and politics

In a signing ceremony with Dean Everette Dennis of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) and Dean Gerd Nonneman of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), the two deans inaugurated a new joint program in Media and Politics. The program will enable students to better understand how politicians, governments, and citizens influence, and are themselves influenced by, the media in its myriad forms and formats. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Arab, QNA. June 4, 2013.

Arab internet research reveals deeper trust in media

Many Arab nationals want greater freedom of expression online but some also favour tighter regulation of the internet, according to new research that highlights many of the conflicting forces in play during the region’s political turmoil. A majority of citizens trust their media more than they did before the Arab Spring, says the survey by Northwestern University in Qatar, with people in tightly controlled Gulf states giving today’s journalism good marks for its independence from government interference. Financial Times. June 3, 2013.

In Libya, new media freedom is uncertain

The post-revolutionary euphoria that followed Libya’s 2011 uprising against dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi spawned dozens of new media outlets. “People want to get heard, they have a voice, and they need a platform,” Joe Khalil, associate professor of communications at Northwestern University’s Qatar campus, tells the Columbia Journalism Review. While television and radio are the new means that some use for debating public issues, “for others, it just seems that they are keeping and using the weapons to be heard.” June 3, 2013

Grant-winning research couples cultural heritage with new media technology

How does a country measure, document, and preserve what is referred to by the UNESCO as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ such as the movements of a dance or the decoration on an indigenous dancer’s costumes? Researchers at Northwestern University in Qatar hope to help answer these questions with a project that will merge cutting-edge technology with cultural tradition. The Peninsula, Al Arab, Al Watan. May 28, 2013.

Hroub to discuss Arab Booker Prize at Al Jasra Cultural Club

Dr. Khaled Hroub, Professor in Residence in the faculty of Liberal Arts at NU-Q, is giving a lecture at Al Jasra Cultural Club about the Arabic Booker Prize and Arabic literary scene. Hroub is one of the founders of the Arabic Booker Prize and a member of its Board of Trustees. Al Arab, Al Watan. May 26, 2013.

Qatar’s media faces challenges: NU-Q dean

The media scene in Qatar is promising, but it faces challenges such as the need to develop talent and a new media law, said Dr Everette E  Dennis, Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), at the monthly Distinguished Speaker Series by the American Chamber of Commerce. The Peninsula, Doha Press. May 24, 2013.

Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser: a global visionary

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser is in New York City this week to showcase her Educate A Child initiative (EAC). She will also be hosting a musical evening at the Jazz Lincoln Center, a partner of the Qatar Foundation. Muna Al-Nasser Chair of the UN Women for Peace initiative, writes in the Huffington Post about Her Highness efforts to foster cultural diversity and educational excellence through Education City, home to several world-class universities such as Northwestern University in Qatar. May 16 2013.

Students can reduce cheating: survey

Over 65 percent of respondents to a survey by Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) agreed that students have the power to reduce cheating. Following the survey, a group of students devised a competition for the most creative way to raise awareness around academic integrity. Saad Ahmed Khan and Syed Owais Ali of Northwestern University in Qatar were among the students participating in the competition, with Ali creating the winning submission alongside Ahwaz Khater of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. The Peninsula, Gulf Times. May 13, 2013.

Awaiting a modern press law in Qatar

Over the past decade Qatar has abolished its Information Ministry, established Al Jazeera, and brought Northwestern University’s schools of journalism and communication to Qatar. On the tenth anniversary of the ratification of the Qatari constitution, senior associate dean of NU-Q Richard Roth takes a look back at the development of laws protecting free press in light of these developments. The New York Times. May 8, 2013.

Education cities: from the Middle East to Southeast Asia

Universities participating in “education cit­ies” in both Qatar and Malaysia are attracted by the opportunity to interact on a global scale and to increase their presence in regions with emerging political and economic importance. Everette Dennis, dean of Northwestern’s Qa­tari campus, explained that a critical factor in the school’s decision to expand overseas was the “desire to have a window into the Middle East. The Yale Globalist. May 7, 2013.

New academic programs for QF students

Qatar Foundation chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser yesterday announced that three new academic programmes, namely executive Masters in Energy and Resources, a Masters in Library and Information Studies and an Academic Research and Methods certificate course, will be offered at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) soon. The cross-registration plan will begin as a joint initiative in Journalism and Political Science between the Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service and the Northwestern University in Qatar. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya. May 8, 2013.

QF celebrates convocation of 437 students

33 students looking forward to careers in the media will be graduating from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), alongside 81 graduates from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), 43 from Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar), 42 from the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), and 44 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar). Qatar News Agency, Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Sharq, Al Raya. May 7, 2013.

NU-Q to pass media baton to 33 new graduates

Northwestern University in Qatar will celebrate today its second graduating class, made up of 33 graduates, at the Qatar National Convention Center. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan. May 5, 2013.

Qatari writer to deliver keynote address at NU-Q graduation

American-born Qatari and the author of the critically acclaimed work The Girl Who Fell to Earth, Sophia al-Maria, will be the keynote speaker at the graduation of Northwestern University in Qatar (NUQ). A total of 33 students will receive their degrees at the graduation ceremony to be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre. Gulf Times. May 2, 2013.

How People in the Middle East Actually Use Social Media

How do people in the Arab world access news and information, rate the credibility of information sources, and use social media? Dean and CEO Everette Dennis, professor Justin Martin, and media and external development strategist Robb Wood give an analysis to The Atlantic of a survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar among people in eight Arab countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE. April 24, 2013.

Arab countries divided over media credibility, says new research

As part of a rigorous study on the assimilation of news and information in the area, Northwestern University in Qatar has published a series of visualizations based on data that has surveyed roughly 10,000 adults in eight Arab countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Huffington Post, MWC News, Al Jazeera, Doha News, PhysOrg, April 25, 2013.

Teaching the limits of media freedom is tricky in the Gulf

How does NU-Q strike a balance between teaching freedom of expression and helping its students understand constraints on reporting in Qatar or any other country? Dean Dennis explains to the New York Times the range of subjects student journalists have broached and how that sometimes clashes with local traditions. April 21, 2013

NU-Q becomes editorial home for Penn State’s Journal of General Education

Northwestern University in Qatar has become the editorial home for Pennsylvania State University Press’ Journal of General Education after Jeremy Cohen, NU-Q’s newly appointed associate dean for academic affairs, was made the editor of the journal. Faculty from NU-Q--liberal arts director Sandra Richards and lecturer in residence Sean Burns--will join members from schools such as University of Michigan, Harvard College, as the journal prepares for a special issue on educating students in a global society, where Education City will be placed at the center of the question: ‘What is a global education?’ Al Sharq. April 21, 2013

Seasons of a Phrase

NU-Q professor Ibrahim N. Abusharif explores some of the media's criticisms of the term "Arab Spring." Chronicle of Higher Education. April 15, 2013

Gala awards ceremony marks best of film festival

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) and Qatar Academy jointly held the 2013 THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival Awards at St Regis yesterday. Nine short films were screened on the occasion and awards in different categories were presented to the winners in a gala ceremony. Gulf Times. April 14, 2013

NU-Q faculty and students to perform Greek tragedy at QOSM’s Olympics – Past & Present-Exhibition

Faculty and students from Northwestern University in Qatar will present this week the Greek tragedy Medea in cooperation with the Qatar Olympic & Sports Museum (QOSM) and The Youth Company. The play is part of the event program of QOSM’s exhibition Olympics – Past & Present. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya. April 10, 2013

Omani students’ film nominated for award at THIMUN

Asaad Al Raeesi's film titled 'Smoke', produced in collaboration with Bushra Al-Hashar and Munther Al-Farsi, fellow students at The Sultan’s School in Oman, was recently nominated for an award at the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival held annually in Doha, Qatar. The THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival attracts young film makers from around the world. Times of Oman. April 7, 2013

Arab women film-makers in spotlight

Four NU-Q graduates are participating in the Birds Eye View Film Festival, an event dedicated to women in film, which is focused this year only on features made by Arab female directors. Lyrics Revolt, a documentary produced by Shannon Farhoud, Ashlene Ramadan, Melanie Fridgant and Rana Khaled Al Khatib, will be screened during the festival, held in London from April 3 to 10. BBC News. April 2, 2013

NU-Q announces certificate of Middle East studies

In a move to further equip future communication and journalism professionals with historical, political, and cultural knowledge of the region, NU-Q has begun offering students a certificate in Middle Eastern studies. Several seniors are expected to graduate with the certificate this May, having already completed the course requirements that include four graded courses. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Raya. April 2, 2013

Meet Qatar’s first raw and vegan food company

NU-Q Lecturer of Journalism in Residence Christina Paschyn reports on some local entrepreneurs’ foray into health food for Qatar, focusing on a new startup providing raw and vegan food. Wamda. April 1, 2013

NU-Q recognizes work of budding journalists, film makers at Media Awards night

Communication sophomore Zahed Bata, winner of the Best Animation bagged the award for his film "A Chitwan Story" at Northwestern University in Qatar's Media Awards ceremony, an annual event that recognizes outstanding student work in the fields of journalism and communication. Awards were given in 20 categories, including Best General News Photography, awarded to journalism junior Saif-U-Din Alnuweiri for his photo "Msheirib Rising X," and Best News Video Package, awarded to journalism senior Elysia Windrum for her piece on the new consumer protection law in Qatar. Al Sharq. March 30, 2013

Exhibition on Olympics opens at Museum of Islamic Art

The classical Greek play "Medea" by Euripides will be performed on April 11, 12 and 13 at the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum as part of its Olympics—Past and Present exhibition. Directed by Professor Ann Woodworth of Northwestern University in Qatar, with an international cast, the play will take the audience on a universal and timeless journey of a woman seeking justice. The Peninsula, Gulf Times, Marhaba, Sports Features, Al Raya, QNA. March 26, 2013

NU-Q and Al Jazeera Network sign agreement to facilitate knowledge transfer, increase student engagement, and strengthen collaboration

NU-Q and Al Jazeera Network have signed an MoU that deepens ties between the two organizations and allows professionals and budding journalists from both sides to benefit from the combined expertise of the two institutions through joint research and strategic studies projects. As part of the agreement NU-Q conducted consultations with Al Jazeera leadership based on its faculty research interests and expertise in the American media industry, as the news network moves forward with its planning for Al Jazeera America. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Trade Arabia, Marhaba, Al Watan, Al Arab, Al Sharq, Al Raya. March 20, 2013

Qatar an ideal place to build sports journalism career: Expert

Visiting Professor at NU-Q Craig Lamay explains to The Peninsula the opportunities sports journalists have to further develop the field in Qatar, where sports are “part of the national and international identity.” Lamay is visiting NU-Q for 10 weeks to teach the ‘Sports, Media and Society’ class he designed in the Evanston campus. March 18, 2013

At Foreign Schools in the Gulf, a More Local Push

Are American branch campuses around the Gulf able to incorporate local contexts into their curricula? NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette Dennis tells the New York Times that NU-Q is not “trying to just plant American institutions in the Middle East and simply adapt what we already have…We have to make sure faculty and students are involved in the local culture and society’s needs here, through specific classes and internships. Otherwise it just won’t work.” March 17, 2013

NU-Q students combine media skills and community service in South Africa

Northwestern University in Qatar sophomores Jaimee Haddad, Farida Zahran and Jaser Alagha visited with students in the Earthchild Project during a Spring Break service learning trip to South Africa. In addition to Earthchild, a program that teaches children about healthy lifestyles, the group of 12 students from NU-Q also served at the Children’s Radio Project and at an educational book drive. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, QatarisBooming. March 13, 2013

Three NU-Q journalism graduates help ‘change the channel’

Three alumni from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) are putting their knowledge and skills to work at the recently re-launched Qatar TV (QTV). The three members of NU-Q’s first graduating class, Nazneen Zahan, Shannon Farhoud and Benazir Karim, are part of a new breed of locally-trained journalists. They have been working behind the scenes for months as part of a revamp that aims to turn the state-run QTV into a top-ranked media outlet. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Sharq, Al Arab. March 6, 2013

Qatar celebrates its education excellence

Lolwa Yaqoub Al-Jefairi, Class of 2012, was awarded Outstanding University Graduate at the state-wide Education Excellence Day celebration. Al-Jefairi received her award from His Highness the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is also President of the Supreme Council of Education, who have designed this celebration to honor Qatari secondary school graduates, university and a PhD graduates, distinguished teachers and outstanding schools. Al Raya, Al Arab, Gulf Times. March 4, 2013

Total realism with computer graphics no distant dream

Can total realism be achieved with animation? Muqeem Khan, associate professor at Northwestern University in Qatar, gives his take to the Qatar Tribune. Khan, who has a number of Hollywood credits to his name, is also a frequent presenter and speaker on visual effects, animation and emerging technologies. His motion picture credits, as a visual effect artist with Walt Disney, are Deep Rising, George of the Jungle, Flubber and Armageddon. March 3, 2013

Doha: Media City?

Despite the global growth of its landmark network, Al Jazeera, Qatar still faces challenges in developing a thriving media industry within its own borders. NU-Q Dean Everette Dennis elaborates on these challenges in an interview with The Edge. February 12, 2013

Fire, building safety in Qatar dubious at best, NU-Q in-depth report finds

Journalism students at Northwestern University in Qatar probed the safety implications of Qatar's rapid infrastructural developments in an in-depth report called Qatar Under Construction. Doha News. February 16, 2013

NU-Q students in high demand at third annual career and internship fair

NU-Q's third annual career and internship fair saw a line-up of local and international media organizations as well as companies from various industries seeking graduates and interns. Attending companies included Al Jazeera Network, Qatar Airways, Doha News, Qatar Museum Authority, Silatech, Exxonmobil, Firefly Digital Communications, Doha Film Institute and Qatar TV. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Raya. February 13, 2013

Doha: Media City?

Despite the global growth of its landmark network Al Jazeera, Qatar still faces challenges in developing a thriving media industry within its own borders. NU-Q Dean Everette Dennis elaborates on these challenges in an interview with The Edge. February 12, 2013

NU-Q crowned champions of Qatar Basketball League

NU-Q's women's basketball team won Qatar's collegiate basketball tournament in a 26-21 victory over Qatar Academy. This is the first time the NU-Q women's team has taken first place in either the tournament or in the league. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Doha Stadium Plus, Al Raya. February 11, 2013

HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan advocates for transparency in discussion with NU-Q students

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordon discusses with students at Northwestern University in Qatar how journalists can overcome bureaucracy in the Middle East by tapping into official sources. Gulf Times, Al Raya, Al Arab. February 7, 2013

NU-Q partners with World Internet Project to extend research into the Arab world

Northwestern University in Qatar and the World Internet Project--a major international endeavor that has spanned more than a decade in its quest to track the social, political and economic impact of the Internet on people’s lives--have partnered to extend the research project in the Middle East, a region previously understudied by WIP. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq, Al Watan. February 5, 2013

American institute, NU-Q to study tech impact

The World Internet Project (WIP) is looking for a partnership with the Northwestern University Qatar to undertake the study that may help the country craft policies to further develop communication technologies. Jeffery I. Cole, director of Centre for the Digital Future, spoke to the Gulf Times on his recent visit to Doha where he laid the groundwork for the agreement. February 4, 2013

Need more experts in communication sector

To meet a growing need for communication specialist in Qatar and the region, NU-Q is working to add new subjects to its curricula and top talent to its staff, Dean Dennis tells The Peninsula. February 4, 2013

1,200 take part in Model United Nations meet

The opening of the second annual session of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) was highlighted by the screening of a student production that won ‘Best Film’ in the film competition co-organized by THIMUN and NU-Q.  The event is attended by 1,200 students from Qatar and other parts of the world. Qatar Tribune. February 3, 2013

An Arab Spring for the Internet?

What did the latest ITU gathering mean for internet and its users in Arab states? Communication Professor in Residence Stuart Brotman and expert on media law gives his take to QF Telegraph on Internet regulations in the Middle East. January 2013

NU-Q appoints new leadership to head academic affairs and research

Dr. Jeremy Cohen of Penn State has been named associate dean for academic affairs and chief academic officer, while Dr. John V. Pavlik will serve as associate dean for research. Both are positions created recently by NU-Q as it enters a new phase of institutional growth and development. Along with the two new deans, three others, Dr. Scott Curtis, Mary Dedinsky and Dr. Sandra Richards were named as directors of the programs of Communication, Journalism and Liberal Arts respectively. The Peninsula, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan. January 27, 2013

NU-Q offers workshops on crafting a successful application, financial aid, and tours of facilities

With the university’s admissions deadline of March 1st fast approaching, Northwestern University in Qatar has set in motion a series of workshops and tours to assist students and their guardians in preparing strong applications for the critical admissions process. Qatar News Agency, The Peninsula, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab. January 23, 2013.

QMA and Ashghal launches project to decorate Salwa road tunnels

NU-Q graduate Salma Ismaili is one of the five students assisting French Graffiti artist El Seed in the project to decorate Salwa Road tunnels, managed by Qatar Museum Authority in collaboration with the Public Works Authority Ashghal. Al Arab. January 21, 2013.

NU-Q students among local filmmakers who showed off their skills at the 4th DTFF

DTFF has put Qatar on the map of the filmmaking world, and has also been an opportunity for talent from Qatar to shine. The Made in Qatar Award was won by a film making team from NU-Q for their short film titled Bader…and a second group of filmmakers from the university were awarded a Special Mention for their documentary, Lyrics Revolt. The Foundation Magazine. January 2013. 

Middle East Soccer Associations Campaign for Women’s Right to Play

As soccer associations in the Middle East call for veiled women’s right to play, a renewed spotlight is shed on NU-Q faculty Geoff Harkness’s study titled ‘Muslim Female Athletes and the Hijab.’ The study shows that “female athletes in the Middle East face pressures that include family, religion, politics, and culture.” Eurasia Review. January 14, 2013.  

Expanding Internet freedoms in Arab states

What did the latest ITU gathering mean for internet and its users in Arab states? Communication Professor in Residence Stuart Brotman and expert on media law gives his take to The Edge on Internet regulations in the Middle East. January 2013.

University student wins ExxonMobil competition

One of the three students won the contest held in conjunction between Qatar Happening and Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2013 - Tasbih Amin from Northwestern University in Qatar - was selected by ExxonMobil and Qatar Happening magazine for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Peninsula. January 8, 2013.

Women taking the lead

Recent NU-Q journalism graduates Khaled, Ramadan, Farhoud and communication graduate Fridgant, founders of Torath Media Productions (TMP), give their first-hand experience as women penetrating the realm of entrepreneurship. Qatar Today. January 6, 2013.

Bringing Global Connections to Life in Kuwait

Northwestern University in Qatar was among the partners who have assembled a global consortium of professional media and training partners to support a high school media literacy program in the GCC. iEARN-USA. January 7, 2013.

The 2013 Doha Technological Trade Fair

Doha News intern and Northwestern University in Qatar journalism student Ardinny Razania shares some of the highlights at Qatar’s largest annual shopping event. Doha News. January 3, 2013.

New NU-Q soccer team to encourage female participation in sports

In a bid to inspire young women in Qatar to increase their involvement in the world of sports, students at NU-Q have initiated the university's first women's soccer team. Students were motivated in part by an NU-Q study – which they turned into a short video news-package - showing that females represent only 7.3 percent of athletes registered to sports federations and clubs in Qatar. Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Kass, Super Koora. December 23, 2012.

How to predict whether a new media venture will fail

NU-Q Assistant Professor of Journalism Justin D. Martin reports and comments on the application of the established business-school “Theory of Good and Bad Capital” for predicting the likelihood that startup businesses in the field of digital journalism will succeed. Quartz. December 10, 2012.

What can Canada learn from tiny Qatar?

Studying journalism in Qatar would have been unthinkable a decade ago but now Yara Darwish, an NU-Q student, is part of a larger trend. Qatar and other Gulf states are pouring funds into higher education and research in the belief that the key to sustained growth is creating university-educated human capital, in fields such as journalism. Canada's education system, although further developed than Qatar's, may have something to learn from the Gulf country. The Globe and Mail. December 6, 2012.

Journalists get tips on covering green issues effectively

NU-Q co-sponsored the 'Second Climate Communications Day' for journalists from developing countries on the sideline of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP18-CMP8). The meeting, titled 'New Approaches, New Audiences' was hosted by the Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development in a bid to empowerand enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively and accurately. Gulf Times. December 5, 2012.

Online Review Site Wins Startup Weekend Doha

NU-Q Lecturer of Journalism in Residence Christina Paschyn reports and comments on participants' innovative business ideas at Startup Weekend Doha. Wamda. December 3, 2012.

NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette Dennis at the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Everette Dennis, Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar, speaks about the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival. This year's festival includes four films by NU-Q students and alumni, part of DTFF's Made in Qatar series: "Lyrics Revolt," "Bader," "Brains of Empowerment," and "Ghazil - The Story of Rashed and Jawaher." Video recorded by Qatar Hub. FirstPost, YouTube. December 2, 2012.

Young diplomats probe key issues

Visiting students from Northwestern University in Qatar were among 200 young diplomats from across the region who attended the two-day eighth annual Bahrain Universities Model United Nations (BUMUN) Conference in order to explore key issues such as nuclear disarmament, human trafficking and women empowerment. Gulf Daily News. November 30, 2012.

Dozens of children report live from DTFF closing weekend at NU-Q simulated live studio

Dozens of local children had the opportunity to report live from the Doha Tribeca Film Festival's closing weekend in a simulated television studio set up by Northwestern University in Qatar on Katara's corniche. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Watan. November 25, 2012.

How the 'Spring' broke the ice for Arab filmmakers

Doha Talks, held under the title, 'Emerging Cinema of Change' and hosted by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), was attended by Saudi's first female filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour, Egyptian director Hanan Abdalla, Tunisian director Nadia Rais, Shannon Farhoud, the director of a hip hop documentary Lyrics Revolt - one of the 'Made in Qatar' directors at the DTFF, and the Syrian-American hip-hop artist, educator, designer, poet and peace activist Omar Offendum. Gulf Times. November 23, 2012.

Local talents express desire for developing film culture

NU-Q students are among the young filmmakers from Qatar, who have expressed their aspiration for developing a film culture in the country. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan. November 22, 2012.

Local Students and Alumni Become Leading Voices at DTFF Made in Qatar series

Qatar Foundation's investment in media education is paying off at this year's DTFF's Made in Qatar series, with three short films that began as student work at NU-Q premiering last night at Katara's Opera House. The Peninsula, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan. November 21, 2012.

DTFF launches 'Made in Qatar' film showcase on a revolutionary note

The performances - part of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival's "Made in Qatar" program and co-organized by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) - paid tribute to the evening's films, which focused on reflection and revolution. Doha News. November 19, 2012.

2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival - Day 2

Provost Daniel I. Linzer (L) and NU-Q Dean Everette Dennis attend the Made in Qatar Programme 1: New Hopes special event at the Katara Drama Theatre during the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival on November 18, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. Getty Images. November 18, 2012.

Urban Education Centers Are Creating a Generation of Global Students

Northwestern University in Qatar Dean and CEO Everette E. Dennis explains the drive behind Northwestern's decision to open in Qatar. Mashable. November 14, 2012.

Qatar's media leaders gather for first-of-its kind discussion of the industry

Top representatives in publishing, electronic media, digital media, public relations and advertising joined forces yesterday in a first-of-its-kind forum to assess the present and future prospects for the development of Qatar's media industries. The Peninsula, Al Sharq. November 13, 2012.

NU-Q Professor Stuart N. Brotman visits TTU

Stuart N. Brotman, Professor of Communication in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar, conducted a five-day visit to Tan Tao University to support TTU in setting up its own media school in the near future. Tan Tao University. November 11, 2012.

Film festival to honor women filmmakers

Women filmmakers are increasingly playing an active role in the Arab world's film industry. Lyrics Revolt, a documentary produced by Shannon Farhoud, Ashlene Ramadan, Melanie Fridgant and Rana Khaled Al Khatib, will screen at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival as part of the "Made in Qatar" series. The film started as a student project at Northwestern University in Qatar. The Peninsula. November 11, 2012.

NU-Q partners with Doha Film Institute to support local media at this year's DTFF

In a development that will strengthen ties between two of Qatar's leading media institutions, Northwestern University in Qatar and Doha Film Instituteannounced that they will partner to help bring local film and media work frontand center at the fourth edition of Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Arab. November 3, 2012.

QP to hold eco-film contest

Professor Timothy Wilkerson of Northwestern University Qatar is one of the supporting judges of the Eco-Film Competition at the Energy and Industry Pavilion of the Qatar Sustainability Expo, organized by the HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate of Qatar Petroleum (QP). The Peninsula. October 24, 2012.

NU-Q project to aid digital literacy scholars

A group of Northwestern University students and teachers presented a research project at the Annual Research Forum that will help institutions bridge the digital divide and provide a groundbreaking source of information for scholars of digital literacy. The Peninsula, My Education City. October 23, 2012.

Telecom M&As Creating a Buzz

Communication Professor in Residence Stuart Brotman and expert on media law gives his take to Thomson Reuters' The Brief on telecom mergers in the Middle East and the legal concerns they have to watchout for. October 2012.

NU-Q's new campus

Construction has been underway for Northwestern University in Qatar's permanent home for almost a year now. Doha News. October 17, 2012.

Tackling key issues

Visiting students from Northwestern University in Qatar are among the young diplomats, tackling key issues facing the international community at the eighth Bahrain Universities Model United Nations (BUMUN) conference next month. Gulf Daily News. October 14, 2012.

U.S. Universities on the World Stage

It's not about the money: Dean and CEO Everette Dennis suggests a rationale and roadmap for U.S. universities establishing campuses overseas. University Business. October 2, 2012.

NU-Q students see opportunities for entrepreneurship in Journalism and PR

Journalism and public relations are ripe with entrepreneurial opportunities, stressed students at Northwestern University in Qatar in a roundtable this week with founders of Punchkick Interactive, a pioneering mobile content and marketing firm. Qatar Tribune, Al Arab, Al Watan. September 29, 2012.

Muqeem to bridge cultural gap

Muqeem Khan has worked with visual-effects team on films such as Armageddon, Flubber and George of the Jungle. He teaches 2D and 3D animation at Northwestern University in Qatar, and has used his creativity, experience and animation skills to come up with an interactive simulation that promises to keep cultural heritage alive. Tech News. September 25, 2012.

NU-Q is among the 400 attendees at the leadership conference for students

Delivering the keynote address during the first annual Qatar Leadership Conference for students, put together by Northwestern University in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar, Dr. Sandra Richards, director of the Liberal Arts Program at Northwestern University in Qatar, emphasized the need for leaders to practice empathy and mutual respect, especially in turbulent times. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Arab, Al Watan. September 25, 2012.

‘Model UN’ seeks to hone students’ leadership skills

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar and The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar will jointly hold the first-ever Qatar MUN and Film Leadership Conference from today. Gulf Times, The Peninsula. September 21, 2012.

NU-Q gathers top scholars from US and Qatar campuses to re-define MENA studies

Northwestern University in Qatar put the spotlight on its commitment to Middle Eastern studies at two conferences that drew top scholars from its U.S. campus, as well as faculty and students from the campus in Doha.  In a commitment to better understand Qatar and the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region for the benefit of its media, communication and journalism students, the university organized a consensus conference that could lead to a minor or concentration and also hosted a symposium on fresh research about the region. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq, Al Arab. September 16, 2012.

Arabic, Islamic studies option for students at Northwestern

One year after HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser introduced the initiative of Arabic Language and Middle Eastern/Islamic studies in schools across the country, the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is considering making both programmes an option for its Journalism and Communication students in a bid to encourage them to be bi-lingual, NU-Q dean and chief executive officer Everette E Dennis said. Gulf Times. September 14, 2012.

NU-Q to conduct study on Qatari media

The Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is set to conduct a research on the Qatari media and how it has been developing in recent times. Qatar Tribune. Doha Press. September 13, 2012.

Road safety in Qatar: 'All young boys want to race fancy cars'

"It is a big issue in Qatar that we are struggling to deal with," said Zainab Sultan, who worked as an editor on a separate traffic-safety project at Northwestern University in Qatar. Produced in early 2011, the multimedia project was created by 11 journalism students at Northwestern to explore local driving culture. The National. September 10, 2012.

NU-Q Professor Granted Prestigious Fellowship

Northwestern University in Qatar’s professor Joe Khalil has been awarded a visiting research fellowship at the prestigious London School of Economics, where he will be publishing his research on youth media in the Arab world. Gulf Times, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab. September 8, 2012.

NU-Q Initiates Diverse Class of 2016

Northwestern University in Qatar Class of 2016 kicks off their undergraduate journey after a week-long orientation program with the traditional "March through the Arch." Marking record standardized test scores, over 40% of the incoming class is Qatari, with the rest hailing from 15 different countries, including Jordan, Syria, Canada, Bulgaria and China. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan. September 4, 2012.

The TV stations where George Galloway and Julian Assange are stars

"Given that they're in such a dire situation, it's unlikely that the Syrian regime has put money into the station," explains professor Joe Khalil, an expert in Arab TV at the Qatar branch of Northwestern university, "but they're definitely getting [the station's] support. The Guardian. August 28, 2012.

How can Libya build its independent media?

Facilitating full freedom of expression in the media after decades of authoritarian rule is an arduous task. YourMiddleEast talked to Everette E. Dennis, Dean of Northwestern University in Qatar, who chaired the "Media Vision for Libya: A Good Offices Conference" in Doha last year. YourMiddleEast. August 25, 2012.

NU-Q panel examines Libya’s media future following first peaceful power transition

One day after the naming of Libya’s new president, a panel of media experts, led by Everette Dennis, dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar, assessed Libyan progress toward the creation of a media system that fits and serves the needs of its people. Qatar Tribune, The Peninsula, Gulf Times, Al Arab, Al Watan, Libya-Business News, Zawya - EN, Media ME, Topix, Silobreaker, Business Intelligence ME, Feeds Floors. August 14, 2012.

NU-Q journalism students tackle obesity in Qatar

The developed world is getting fatter, but Western Hemisphere countries are facing a serious challenger when it comes to their status as global pound-packing champions. Sporting a GDP of $181.7 billion and a population of close to two million, Qatar, in terms of per capita income, is the richest nation in the world. It also has the third-largest reserves of natural gas. However, with its booming economy and privileged lifestyle, Qatar is also becoming the world’s fattest country. A group of Northwestern University in Qatar journalism students also aims to tackle the rising obesity and diabetes rates in Qatar through awareness and prevention. The Cutting Edge. August 10, 2012.

NU-Q awarded grants for research on media, female sports participation and cross-cultural surveying in Qatar

Northwestern University in Qatar ’s efforts to involve both faculty and students in research that is relevant to Qatar and the region received a boost this summer, when the media school was awarded two grants from the Qatar National Research Fund.  The grants, worth more than $100,000, are designated for two research proposals on cross-cultural surveying and media influence on women’s sports participation. Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Sharq, BroadcastPro ME, CPIDubai, MediaME, AME info - EN, Zawya - EN, Trade Arabia, MEED,AME info - AR, Zawya - ARAugust 8, 2012.

Everette E. Dennis: Preparing leaders for evolving fields of media, communication and journalism in Qatar and the Middle East

MediaME speaks to Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). He shares his thoughts regarding NU-Q's Journalism and Communication faculties, student accomplishments in the media industry, Arabic-language initiatives and more. MediaME. August 6, 2012.

Journalism students travel from Qatar to Brazil's Rio de Janeiro

Four journalism students from Northwestern University in Qatar traveled to Rio de Janeiro this summer to examine how Brazil's second largest city is recovering from rapid urbanization, focusing on how the local government deals with the mountains of garbage produced by the metropolitan's more than 12.5 million inhabitants. The students spent two intensive weeks shooting footage for a documentary about the people working at Gericino, the last operating garbage dump in the city. The documentary is currently in post-production and is scheduled to be screened this fall. The Peninsula, The Gulf Times, Al Arab, Al Raya, AME Info-ENG. July 24, 2012.

Sticking to the Script!

From the fifth to the eighth of July, Anne Peterson, Professor at Northwestern University in Qatar, was part of a group of Qatar’s aspiring screen-writers who attended the Doha Film Institute’s ‘Hezayah Workshop’. Mentors Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut) and script analyst Christian Routh lavished their advice for over ten hours a day. With a copious coffee supply, they brainstormed, gave ideas and, most importantly, instilled them with confidence to finish their scripts by 17 November — the opening day of this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival. July 18, 2012

Report: Incoming government faces press freedom hurdles, says IPI

In December 2011, Northwestern University in Qatar hosted “Media Vision for Libya: A Good Offices Conference”. Libyans, including key members of the NTC, agreed upon six principles that would serve as a framework for the development of media policy…But in practice, the NTC has yet to form a new and strong legal basis for media freedom. The media-related laws that were initially tabled were deemed by journalists to be contradictory to press freedom principles.  IFEX. July 16, 2012

Qatar’s high school students get a taste for careers in media

Twenty-one high school students in Qatar got a glimpse of life in the media industry this week at Northwestern University in Qatar's Summer Media Institute. With a fortnight of samplers from the media and academic worlds, the high school students got a taste of what it would be like to work as a producer, entrepreneur, journalist, editor, and filmmaker. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, The Peninsula, Al Sharq, Al Raya, Al Watan, Al Arab, Doha Press, Media and I, Media ME, O2 Public Relations,, Alamat Online. July 14, 2012

Summer camp

Bilal Randeree, Web Editor for Al Jazeera English, spoke at a summer camp at Northwestern University in Qatar. An online journalist and producer at Al Jazeera English, Bilal Randeree helped found DohaTweetups, which started in early 2010. The Peninsula. July 11, 2012 plans to start a digital radio station

After embarking on a successful website, the Founder of, Khalifa Haroon, is now planning to start the first digital radio station, in a date yet to be established. Haroon was speaking on Monday on the sidelines of a Summer Programme at NorthWestern University where top media figures in Qatar have been invited to inspire the students.   Qatar Tribune. July 10, 2012

DFI filmmaker shares experience with students

He graduated some 13 years ago in media studies with a great enthusiasm for films.  But the journey from being a fresh graduate to becoming a filmmaker was not easy for Waheed Khan, a British filmmaker of Pakistani origin. Khan was talking on Wednesday to a group of high school students in Qatar, who are currently attending the two-week long Northwestern Media Institute summer programme in Doha.  Qatar Tribune. July 10, 2012.

High school students get tips on journalism

A veteran journalist Bilal Randeree has advised high school students to develop interest in journalism in order to contribute to the development of the society. Speaking during a lecture on

journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar (NUQ) on Sunday, Randeree, an online producer for Al Jazeera English (AJE), urged the students to ensure they loved a profession before going into it. Qatar Tribune. July 9, 2012.

How a University Put Its Global Reach to Good Use

Commentary by Everette E. Dennis on how a university, with its mandate to spread knowledge, can promote thought leadership on matters like freedom of expression, even in regions where no such tradition exists. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 5 July 2012

 Rota honors club members

The Video for Advocacy project, created by Film for Change Youth Club comprised of Qatar University and Northwestern University students, taught 20 Rota Youth Service Club members how to create high quality, cutting-edge social awareness videos. Gulf Times, Al Raya, Al Arab, MENA Business News. July 4, 2012.

Liberal Arts at NU-Q to see boost with appointment of first Program Director

In a move to further boost the school’s expanding liberal arts offering, Northwestern University in Qatar has chosen a leading voice on cultural studies and expressive arts to be the first director of its Liberal Arts Program. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Watan, Gulf in the media. July 2, 2012

Medill in the Middle East

A Qatari adaptation of a Northwestern journalism degree. Chicago Reader. July 28, 2012.

NU-Q journalism majors travel to Washington D.C. to explore key issues in upcoming presidential elections

Journalism and Communication students from Northwestern University in Qatar traveled to Washington, D.C., to report on the political attitudes and organization of Arab Americans, and how that may influence the upcoming U.S. presidential election on November 6. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, QNA-EN, QNA-AR, Gulf News. June 28, 2012.

Qatar: Why Is the World’s Richest Country So Fat?

A group of Northwestern University in Qatar journalism students aims to tackle the rising obesity and diabetes rates in Qatar through awareness and prevention. Middle East Voices.    June 22, 2012.

Degrees, knowledge and cultural influence change hands at first joint Northwestern graduation

More than two-dozen graduating seniors from Northwestern University in Qatar traveled from Doha to Evanston, Illinois last weekend to participate in commencement festivities and share their attitudes, talents, achievements, and cultures with the home campus. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan, QNA- ARJune 19, 2012

Grants Add to Northwestern-Qatar Partnership

Northwestern University has received its first research grants from the Qatar National Research Fund, a branch of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, opening the door to increased collaborations between Northwestern faculty and researchers in Qatar. Bikya Masr. June 18, 2012

PEF seminar highlights secret of visual effect, animation

The Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF) organized a presentation titled ‘Secrets of Amazing Animation’ at Pak Shama School and College premises in Mesaimeer area. Professor Muqeem Khan, currently working as an associate professor at Northwestern University in Qatar, gave the presentation and discussed the making of the movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Qatar Tribune. June 17, 2012  

NU’s 1st Qatar class graduates

Shannon Farhoud was among the NU-Q graduating seniors receiving their bachelor’s degree at the 154th commencement ceremonies in Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois. Chicago Sun-times. June 15, 2012

DFI, NU- Qatar to organise film shows

Doha Film Institute supported the screening of the film, Microphone, organised by Northwestern University in Qatar recently. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Watan. June 8, 2012

Middle East scholar brings international prestige to NU-Q media programs

One of the world’s best-known experts on the history, politics, and media of the Middle East, Dr. Khaled Hroub of the University of Cambridge, will join the faculty of Northwestern University in Qatar later this year. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Le Monde, Al Arab, Al Watan, Media ME, Zawya, Al Bawaba - EN, AME Info - AR. June 5, 2012

Sara Al Saadi provides model for Qatar’s media students

Sara Al Saadi graduated from Northwestern University in Qatar with a degree in Communications last month, and is proving a role model for young Qataris pursuing media studies at home or abroad. Qatar Tribune, Al Bawaba - EN, Topix, Al Bawaba - ARJune 3, 2012

Tropfest Arabia to offer short film workshop in Doha to encourage local talent

On behalf of TROPFEST Arabia, Arab film analyst Alaa Karkouti will host a workshop on short filmmaking and provide tips on how to make a successful TROPFEST Arabia short film in Doha on May 28th supported by NU-Q graduates Qatari Director Jassim Al Romaihi and MD Rezwan Al Islam in collaboration with the Doha Film institute. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Raya, Tropfest Arabia, AME info, Art Online, Masress. May 25, 2012

NU-Q is the ‘first chapter in our success story’

Following the convocation of the first graduating class from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), the president of Northwestern Morton Schapiro has expressed his delight at the success of the university here, saying that the past four years have surpassed the institution’s expectations ahead of establishing a presence in Qatar. Gulf Times. May 11, 2012.

NU-Q inaugural graduation: a historic moment for media in Qatar

Northwestern University in Qatar celebrated its inaugural graduation on May 9 in a commencement ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre, welcoming a new generation of aspiring media professionals to the field. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan, NU News Center, DC4MF, The Daily Q, FANA News - EN, Al Bawaba - EN, Zawya, Media ME, Tech Investor News, Mohamed Tazi, Gulf in the Media, Info qat, Topix, FANA News - AR, Al Bawaba - AR, Gulf in the Media. May 10, 2012

President Schapiro Hosts NU-Q Student Awards Event

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro hosted an Awards luncheon in Qatar, recognizing the top students in Journalism, Communication, Liberal Arts, Media Achievement, and Student Leadership, and granting the Dean’s Award. Al Sharq, Al Watan, NU News Center, The Daily Q, Trade Arabia, Find Law, India Times. May 8, 2012.

Young Qatari carries on the family media

Jassim Al Rumaihi is carrying on a family tradition in media as he prepares to graduate from Northwestern University in Qatar this week, when he will start to work full-time in the Al Jazeera Arabic newsroom. Gulf Times, Al Arab, FANA News - EN, Zawya, Gulf in the media. May 7, 2012

NU-Q Seniors

Sketches of four members of the inaugural graduating class in Doha. NU News Center. May 7, 2012.

36 NU-Q seniors get degrees in the school’s first graduation

With 36 students receiving Bachelor of Science degrees from the Medill School of Journalism or the School of Communication, Northwestern University in Qatar will be celebrating its inaugural graduation ceremony next week on May 9. The Daily Q. May 3, 2012.

Graduating student puts media education to work in Qatar’s growing digital industry

Working as social media specialist and conducting research on media usage in Qatar, Md Rezwan Al Islam is already translating his education into a full-time career as he prepares to graduate from Northwestern University in Qatar on May 9. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, The Peninsula, Zawya, My Education City, Al Bawaba - EN, Silo Breaker, AME info - AR. May 2, 2012.

NU-Q to graduate first class of journalism and communication students on May 9

On May 9, Northwestern University in Qatar will graduate its first student class in an inaugural commencement ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, QNA - EN, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, QNA - ARFANA News - EN, Al Bawaba - EN, Media ME, Zawya, FANA News - AR, Al Bawaba - AR. April 25, 2012

NU-Q student films nominated at Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival


Two films produced by students at Northwestern University in Qatar were nominated in the “Promising Films” category at the 8th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, which concluded this Sunday. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq, Al Watan, QNA-AR, Trade Arabia, Digital production ME, Media ME, Mohamed Tazi, Ed Arabia, Media Avaatar ME. April 23, 2012

Admissions to NU-Q media programs most competitive to date

Northwestern University in Qatar has issued acceptance letters to what will be the most elite class of incoming students yet to its Journalism and Communication programs for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Peninsula, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, QNA - ARZawya, Media ME, Al Bawaba - EN, Mohamed Tazi, Trade Arabia, FANA News - AR, AME info - AR, Al Bawaba - AR. April 21, 2012

We need national cadres qualified to work in the media

Q&A with Dr. Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO of NU-Q. Al Raya. 16 April 2012

Northwestern promotes Stephen Franklin to Executive Director of Planning, Development and Construction

Northwestern University in Qatar has announced today the promotion of Stephen Franklin to executive director of planning, development and construction. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Qatar Opportunity 2022, Al Bawaba - EN, AME info - EN, Zawya, Al Bawaba - AR, AME info - AR. April 11, 2012

Film documents identity crisis among Sudanese

Students of Northwestern University-Qatar will screen a documentary that chronicles the untold story of identity crisis in Sudan. ‘Sudan: Divided Identity, Divided Land’ premieres today. The Peninsula. April 11, 2012

Digital guru of The Washington Post speaks on merging content with technology

The Washington Post director of digital, mobile, and new product design brought an insider’s perspective on the transition from print to digital media to Northwestern University in Qatar recently, in a weeklong guest lecture engagement with students. The Peninsula, QNA- EN, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, QNA - ARDigital Production ME, Business Intelligence ME, Media ME, Zawya, AME info - EN, Mohamed Tazi, , FANA News - AR , Al Bawaba - AR, AME info - AR. April 9, 2012.

TEDx rekindling the ‘college experience’

In an emotionally powerful and moving talk, Ann Woodworth, associate professor in the School of Communications at Northwestern University – Qatar, explained how acting is a form of human communication, and makes us pay attention to others, to human behavior and what is and isn’t being said. Doha Insight. April 8, 2012.

NU-Q Publishes Documentation of Libya’s First Steps towards a Free and Open Media

Northwestern University in Qatar announced today the publication of a report documenting Libya’s first steps toward establishing an independent national media system. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Media Vision for Libya, Media ME, Al Sharq, QNA - AR, Al Bawaba - EN, Al Bawaba - AR, AME info - AR, Zawya. April 4, 2012

Film festival awards high schoolers for documentaries on disability, discrimination and disaster recovery

Young filmmakers from China, Qatar and Hungary have been awarded at the first annual THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival this weekend. Their winning documentaries covered issues including disaster recovery in Japan following a tsunami, discrimination against people with disabilities, and the plight of migrant workers in the Middle East and China. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Raya, Al Sharq, Al Watan, QNA - AR, Digital Production ME, Topix. April 2, 2012

Why Libya Needs a Free Media to Emerge

One year after the revolution began in Libya, one of the most potent symbols of the Gaddafi regime's repression--the state-run media--has all but disappeared. But Libya's future is no less perilous without development of a free, independent media. In this article, Everette E.
Dennis, dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar and an expert in media law and governance, outlines the steps the National Transitional Council has taken to build viable, new media institutions and what needs to be done to enshrine freedom of the press in this bellwether country. Huffington Post. March 28, 2012

Northwestern documentary project brings stories of Arab refugees to American audiences

After a 10-day reporting trip to Jordan, journalism students from Northwestern University’s campuses in Qatar and Evanston, Illinois have produced six short films documenting the lives of Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, QNA - EN, AME info - EN, Zawya, Al Sharq, Al Watan, QNA - AR, FANA News - AR. March 28, 2012

Elite Schools Find New Base in Emirates

Journalism courses from Northwestern University in Illinois are available at its Education City branch, which will graduate its first senior class of 36 students this May. The New York Times. March 27, 2012

Qatar Foundation gives independent school students a head start

Mounir Ouainaimi from Northwestern University in Qatar stressed the significance of early preparation to ensure pupils achieve their desired goals. Zawya. March 27, 2012

Northwestern University in Qatar seniors to launch digital production company

Four young women will be starting their own digital production company this year with funds they won in QITCOM’s innovation competition in early March. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, FANA News - EN, Zawya, Al Bawaba - EN, Trade Arabia, Digital Production - MEJordan Directions, Marhaba, Media ME, Gulf News, AME info - EN, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Watan, Al Bawaba - AR. 23 March 2012

The Qatar Online Oral History Project takes second place in QNRF's Fourth Annual UREP competition

Northwestern University in Qatar’s Andrew Mills supervised the multimedia project, conducted by Qatar University students Mariam Dahrouj , Shatha Farajallah and Sara Al-Khalfan from Qatar University. Zawya, Al Bawaba -EN, Al Sharq, Al Raya, QNA - AR, FANA News - AR. 21 March 2012

Interactive media installation set to be centerpiece of new Northwestern University in Qatar building

When Northwestern University in Qatar opens its new Education City building in 2014, visitors will encounter a high-tech, interactive media installation that will trace the past, present and future of communication, media and journalism. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, QNA - EN, MEED, Zawya, FANA News - EN, AME info - EN, USA Today, Topix, Find Law- Legal Pulse, India Times, The Times of India,, Tunis Daily News, Media ME, Doha Insight, Palestine Journal, QF Radio, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, QNA - AR, FANA News - AR, AME info - AR, Edigear. March 17, 2012

Reality shows revolutionize Arab TV

Joe Khalil, a visiting assistant professor of communication at Northwestern University in Qatar, explains how reality shows are perceived in the Arab world. CNN, Saida Online, March 17, 2012

Northwestern University in Qatar holds its annual Career and Internship Fair

Qatar's premier companies joined leading local and international media organizations to recruit students at Northwestern University in Qatar's annual Career and Internship Fair at Education City. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, MEED, AME info - EN, I4U News, Qatar Opportunity 2022, Al Sharq, Al Watan, FANA News - AR. 14 March 2012

Students on Northwestern University in Qatar’s Fall Dean’s List exude talent

In recognition of their academic excellence during the fall term last year, Northwestern University in Qatar has announced the names of 45 students who have earned the distinction of being placed on the Dean’s List. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, FANA News - EN, Al Bawaba- EN, Zawya, Topix, Get Local News, Jordan Directions, Doha Press, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan, Al Bawaba. March 13, 2012

QF Radio interviews Dean Dennis

QF Radio speaks to Northwestern’s Dean, Dr. Everette E. Dennis, about the Plans for the university’s new building.QF Radio March 11, 201

Sessions organised for Al Fikra participants

Christina Andrews, Journalism major at Northwestern University, was present at a session so that she could learn more about participating in Al Fikra, a business plan competition held by Enterprise Qatar.Gulf Times, Al Watan. March 7, 2012

Policy Economist: The future is in privatization of natural monopolies

One of Northwestern University’s leading professors, Dr. Ronald R. Braeutigam, weighed in on a key economic policy issue in a visit to the Qatar campus on Monday evening. In an address to students and faculty, he suggested that “privatization is the way forward for many types of natural monopolies.Business Intelligence ME, Broken Controllers, Al Raya, Al Watan. March 7, 2012

Journalism students in Qatar confront region’s diabetes and obesity crisis with multimedia site

Alarming obesity rates and their continued rise in the Gulf Cooperation Council have propelled a group of journalism students to take on the issue in a multimedia website aimed at raising awareness and preventing the epidemic’s further spread. The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Gulf News, I love Qatar, Arabs Today, World News, Bikya Masr, Al Arabiya, Doha News, Masress, Al Sharq, Al Watan, QNA - AR. February 27, 2012

Inaugural GCC Film Festival opens in Doha

The second documentary is "The Falcon and the Revolution", an eight-minute film that surveys the life of an Egyptian falcon trainer who follows the Egyptian revolution from a distance. Jassim Al-Rumaihi and Ridwan Islam directed the film and it was produced by Northwestern University Qatar. Al Shorfa - EN, FANA News, QNA- AR, Al Raya, Al Arab, Al Shorfa - AR, Masress, Arabic Magazine. February 23, 2012

Top international media organizations to host NU-Q students this spring

Some of the world’s most prestigious media organizations, from news and fashion to public relations and filmmaking, will be training students from Northwestern University in Qatar this spring.Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, MEED, Zawya, AME info - EN, Topix, Mohamed Tazi, North Korea Times, Media ME, Silo Breaker, Twit Scoop, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Bawaba - AR.February 19, 2012

NUQ helps Libya draw media road map

THE Northwestern University in Qatar (NUQ) is exploring possibilities to help shape up the country’s new national media vision in the post-revolution Libya, says the Dean and CEO of NUQ Dr Everette E Dennis.Qatar Tribune. February 18, 2012

Google Industry Head for Gulf: The future is in digital multimedia, led by an explosion in online video

NU-Q student YaraFakhroo scores exclusive interview with Alfonso de Gaetano of Google on media trends and opportunities in the Gulf region.Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tibune,  Zawya, Trade Arabia, Business Intelligence Middle East, Gulf in the Media, Al Bawaba - EN, Media ME, Al Arab, Al Watan, Al Bawaba - AR. February 15, 2012

Female athleticism on the rise in Qatar, accompanied by social and cultural challenges

With female sports participation in the Middle East on the rise, women and girls in the region are encountering a unique set of challenges not faced by their Western counterparts, according to recent research conducted at Northwestern University in Qatar.Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Business Intelligence ME, Trade Arabia, Gulf News, Silo Breaker, Congoo, Oumma, Harian Terbit, Eurasia Review, Al Sharq, Al Arab, Al Watan Voice, Arabian Business, Sama Al Arab, Kalam Garayed. February 12, 2012

Medill Project Documents the Crackdown in Syria

Northwestern University journalism professors and students, chronicling one of the world’s biggest breaking stories, interviewed Syrian refugees who fled the crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad against the pro-democracy movement in Syria.Editor and Publisher.February 10, 2012

On The Syrian Border, Refugees Show Boldness and Passion

A group of students and faculty from Northwestern University in both Evanston, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar, traveled to Amman, Jordan, to report on Iraqi and Palestinian refugees for the RefugeeLives project.Huffingtonpost. February 8, 2012

Northwestern University in Qatar student takes business approach to tackling modern media issues

When Sara Khodr moved to Qatar with her family, after having spent the first 14 years of her life in Seattle, USA, she was struck by how much people here knew about the West and how little her friends back in the West knew of the Middle East.  Sara, who comes from a Lebanese background, resolved to use the power of media to help right this imbalance.Zawya, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Gulf in the Media. February 1, 2012

Northwestern University in Qatar appoints new director of student affairs

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has named Greg Bergida as director of Student Affairs, effective January 1. In his new position, Bergida is responsible for syncing the NU-Q student experience outside of the classroom -from study abroad to career management to clubs and organizations—with the media school's academic curriculum.MEED, AME info - EN, Gulf Times, Al Arab, Middle East North Africa Financial Network, The Peninsula. January 29, 2012

Obama's State of the Union address indicates US focus on domestic, not foreign affairs

In his State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama indicated that he will be focusing his attention on internal problems over foreign affairs this election season, said political communication expert Betty Winfield.Business Intelligence ME, Zawya, Gulf News, Al Sharq, The Peninsula. January 25, 2012

Northwestern University in Qatar holds its second workshop in 'Get Ready!' series

A successful college application requires a firm understanding of the expectations of the admissions decision makers, according to Mounir A. Ouanaimi, director of Admissions at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). MEED, AME info - EN, Doha Insight. January 25, 2012

NU-Q white paper calls for improved research and expanded education on Arab media

A just-released white paper from Northwestern University in Qatar urges academics and practitioners to shrug off the bureaucratic restrictions and outdated practices that have arrested the development of Arab media’s teaching curriculum and research agenda for decades. The Peninsula, AME info - AR, Gulf News, Zawya, AME info - EN. January 18, 2012

NU-Q admissions officers to give students an inside track to successful university applications

More than a hundred high school students from across Qatar gathered in December for the first session of the "Get Ready!" Workshop series at Northwestern University in Qatar. On Thursday, January 12, university hopefuls will converge on the journalism and communication school once more for expert advice on the college application process from Northwestern's own admissions officers. MEED, AME info - EN, Al Sharq, The Peninsula, Al Watan. January 9, 2012

“Nothing’s Wrong”... University film about Syrian events

Two Qatar University students, Emad Al-Shamma` and Manar Shlash, from the Civil Engineering Department, played the lead roles in a short film produced and directed by students from Georgetown and Northwestern Universities in Qatar. Al Sharq. January 7, 2012

Qatar needs a greater number of nationals to work in the media sector

Dr. Everette E. Dennis, the new dean of Northwestern University-Qatar disclosed that the date of the graduation ceremony for the first graduating class of the journalism and media students will be on the 9th of May.Al Arab. December 27, 2011

NU-Q students tackle issues of Arab identity in six original plays

Six young screenwriters and five acting students at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) brought stories of revolution, gender relations, and the struggle between traditional parents and their Westernized offspring to the stage this month, under the theme “Arab Awakenings.” Gulf News, Gulf Times, Al Arab, Al Bawaba - EN, The Peninsula. December 24, 2011


Northwestern University in Qatar presented a lecture by renowned media and internet expert, Jeffrey Cole, “What Everyone Needs to Know about the Internet.” Dr. Cole delved into how technological advances in online media affect daily life and made predictions about media’s future.Gulf Times,, The Peninsula, Al-Arab, Al Watan, November 23, 2011.


Northwestern University in Qatar has named Barry Sexton as director of business and finance (Chief Financial Officer), effective November 1. Sexton joined NU-Q from Northwestern's Evanston campus where he managed the University's payroll of some 20,000 people and supervised a 17-person staff. Al-Bawaba, MEED, November 23, 2011.


The Northwestern University in Qatar and the Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) will host its first annual film festival in Qatar in March next year. The film festival will award scholarships and prizes, will encourage youth to engage in video advocacy on issues of international importance. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, November 17, 2011.


Qatar is sitting on treasure, a “diamond big as the Ritz", to quote the title of a Francis Scott Fitzgerald novel. In the depth of this small country in the Persian gulf are seventy-five years of reserve in gas and fifty years of oil.  The horizon of the emirate seems without a cloud, assured of a royal annuity for many years to comeLe Monde  (French), November 11, 2011 Read the article in English


Communication majors, Jassim Al Rumaihi (NU-Q ’12) and Rezwan Islam (NU-Q ’12) have come into fame after their short, locally-produced documentary, ‘A Falcon, A Revolution’ captivated viewers and captured awards at film festivals. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Arab. November 9, 2011.


Rosie Garthwaite, author of “How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone: The Essential Survival Guide For Dangerous Places,” recounts her experiences as a journalist at a Northwestern University in Qatar event. Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune. November 6, 2011


Understanding and celebrating diversity and cultural differences was the focus ‘Shades of Purple,’ a week-long series of events for students at Northwestern University in Qatar. The events included lectures, an art show, and comedy night. These events prompted participants to learn more about the cultural life at NU-Q and deepen their links with each other. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune. October 15, 2011.


Six films made by students at the Northwestern University in Qatar have been selected to be screened to a large number of local and international audiences at the third Doha Tribeca Film Festival. The Peninsula. October 7, 2011.


Northwestern University in Qatar convened a roundtable for Qatar’s leading media professionals and digital entrepreneurs to discuss the future of social media in the region and the role that Qatar might potentially play. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Sharq. October 5, 2011


A high level delegation from Northwestern University in Qatar’s home campus concluded a visit to Doha this week for a series of meetings that mark the next phase of the university’s operations and the appointment of Dean Everette E. Dennis. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Al Bawaba, Al-Sharq, Al-Watan. October 3,2011.


Northwestern University in Qatar marked an important milestone this month when it welcomed its fourth incoming class, giving the University a full complement of students for the first time in its short history. The Class of 2015 completes the student body at NU-Q and will enable the University to offer an even more robust campus experience for its students, as they pursue top undergraduate degrees in communication and journalism. 

 Gulf Times, Eye of Riyadh. September 21, 2011

Professor Khalil provides insight into fallen Libyan leader’s communication Channels

Northwestern University in Qatar’s visiting professor and Arab television expert Joe F. Khalil lent his expertise to the question of Moammar Gadafi’s continued ability to communicate despite his fugitive status.

CNN; September 10, 2011.


Dean Dennis talks about Northwestern’s Expansion Into Qatar

Dean Everette E. Dennis spoke to the Washington Post about why Northwestern University chose Qatar as the location for it’s first international campus.

Washington Post,, Qatar Living, eCampusNews,; August 31, 2011. 

Company founded by NU-Q student urges healthy lifestyle during Ramadan

The Youth Company, an organization founded by Northwestern University in Qatar senior Mohamed Farid, partnered with Queen Medical to promote healthy living during Ramadan.

Gulf Times; August 17, 2011. 

Professor Khalil comments on Al Jazeera’s global sports ambitions

Al Jazeera is continuing its bid to become a global player in sports broadcasting. Northwestern University in Qatar visiting professor and Arab television expert Joe F. Khalil provides insight and analysis into the network’s recent deals in France.

The New York Times; July 31, 2011. 

Northwestern Summer program for high school students a success

More than 25 high school students from around the Gulf successfully completed Northwestern University in Qatar’s summer program. The program gave students the opportunity to spend one week learning about journalism and a second week learning about communication.

Qatar Tribune, The Peninsula; Friday, July 21.

David Carr appointed COO

David Carr was named chief operations officer at Northwestern University in Qatar. Carr previously served Northwestern Qatar as director of information technology and chief technology officer, titles he will retain as COO. Qatar Tribune,; July 12, 2011. 

Dean’s list announced

More than 25 Northwestern University in Qatar students made the Dean’s List for their academic achievements in the Spring 2011 semester.

Qatar Tribune, July 6, 2011.

Northwestern students cover conference on science journalism

Students from Northwestern University in Qatar covered the World Conference of Science Journalists conference in Doha. The conference brings more than 600 science journalists, reporters, researchers and academics together to discuss a range of critical topics in science writing each year. The Northwestern students posted stories, audio and video on the conference to the

WCSJ website. The Peninsula, Gulf Times, Al Bawaba,; June 23, 2011 

Northwestern’s new dean to sharpen focus on digital media

Northwestern University in Qatar’s new dean, Dr. Everette E. Dennis, arrived on campus this week. Dean Dennis said he plans to build on the momentum the University has built in its first three years of operation and to increase the University’s focus on preparing students to enter a global, digital media world.

The Peninsula, Gulf Times,, MEED, Qatar Tribune, MENA Financial Network, Media Middle East; June 21, 2011 

Professor Abusharif published in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Northwestern University in Qatar journalism professor Ibrahim Abusharif writes about the book Desert Encounter, which recounts Danish journalist Knud Holmboe’s 1930 trek across North Africa. When it was published in 1931 Desert Encounter showed readers in the West the brutality the Libyans suffered under Italian colonial rule. Abusharif gives readers some insight in to how the history of the period influences the events and perceptions of today. Los Angeles Review of Books; June 21, 2011. 

Doha Debates give youth a chance to speak freely

The Doha Debates provide Arab youths a rare opportunity to speak their minds, asserts The New York Times. A Northwestern student weighs in. 

The New York Times, June 8, 2011. 

Northwestern students launch website to raise funds for Japan 

Northwestern journalism juniors Shannon Farhoud and Rana Khaled launched the site to help raise funds for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.  

The Peninsula, Qatar Tribune, Gulf Times, Zawya. May 9, 2011  

NU-Q admits students from more than 25 countries 

Northwestern recorded the strongest group of admitted students in the University’s three-year history this year. The group comprised more than 80 students from more than 25 countries, including the United States, China and other countries in the region.  

Qatar Tribune, Al-Sharq, Al-Watan. April 19, 2011

Acclaimed novelist Leila Aboulela Speaks at Northwestern

Leila Aboulela discussed her latest novel, “Lyrics Alley,” at Northwestern University in Qatar in honor of World Book Day. Aboulela, who lives in Qatar and has a Sudanese and Egyptian heritage, spoke about multiculturalism and how to explore exploring one’s ancestry. April 14, 2011, The Peninsula.

Northwestern hosts a forum on Arab media revolution 

Northwestern recently hosted “From Media Revolution to Street Revolution: Twenty Years of Commercial Arab Satellite Television,” a symposium and public event that examined the effect of media on the recent revolutions in the Arab world. Symposium participants represented the creative, business and academic sides of media. Al Jazeera English presenter Sami Zeidan moderated the public event. April 14, 2011. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Business Intelligence Middle, Dubai City Info,, Zawya.

NU-Q organizes forum to discuss Arab media revolution

On April 10, the 20th anniversary of satellite television’s introduction into the Arab world, Northwestern University in Qatar is organizing a public forum titled "From Media Revolution to Street Revolution: Twenty Years of Arab Commercial Satellite Television." The forum will discuss the Arab Media revolution that occurred during the 1990s and its impact on the recent street revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and various other Arab countries. The Peninsula, Zawya. April 1, 2011

Northwestern sponsors high school documentary film festival

The documentary film ‘Sealine’ was awarded the best picture at the second High School Documentary Film Festival hosted by Northwestern University in Qatar and Qatar Academy to get students to explore on universal interests of  Human Rights, sustainability and the environment and making them relevant to Qatar. NU-Q dean John Margolis presented the award to Jaser Alagha. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al-Sharq, Al Arab. March 26, 2011.

Qatar media luminaries give students career advice

The media leaders gathered at a panel hosted by Northwestern to discuss careers in Qatar. The panelists included a television anchor, newspaper publisher, advertising executive, commercial filmmaker, magazine editor, and radio producer. Zawya, Al-Sharq. March 14, 2011

Student documents Eqyptian revolution on film

Northwestern communication sophomore, Ethar Hassaan traveled to Egypt during the revolution and produced a short documentary about her experience in Tahrir square. Qatar Tribune, online exclusive.

Medill Dean John Lavine speaks in Qatar about global media trends

Nothwestern’s Medill School of Journalism dean, John Lavine, served as the keynote speaker at “Trends of the 21st Century Mass Communication,” a conference hosted by Qatar University recently. The conference included panel discussions that covered such topics as "Women and Media – In honor of International Women's Day;” "Revolution in Egypt: Student Views from the Gulf and United Sates". Menaan, AmeInfo, March 8, 2011.

Students launch website about road safety in Qatar 

Journalism students at Northwestern University in Qatar recently completed work on a groundbreaking website that investigates traffic safety in Qatar. The website,, features original journalism and gives visitors both a rare overview of traffic safety in the country and insight into the lives traffic accident victims. MENANN, February 23, 2011.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State holds discussion at Northwestern on media Freedom

United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman held a town hall-style meeting at Northwestern on media freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. Feltman praised the career choice of Northwestern students. “Journalism has played a critical role in the success of the democratic revolutions that have taken place in North Africa over the last two months and is a critical component of societies seeking to improve themselves,” he said. Zawya, The Peninsula, Foreign Policy, February 25, 2011.

NU alumni wins Oscar for best live action short film

Northwestern Alumni, Luke Matheny, received an Academy Award in the category of best live action short film for "God of Love”. Matheny wrote and directed the film, which was his graduate thesis for New York University's film school. The Daily Northwestern, March 2, 2011.

Professor Hamid Naficy curated Iranian film program in LA 

Northwestern professor, Hamid Naficy, selected classic films for 20th anniversary of UCLA’s Celebration of Iranian Cinema film festival last month. Some of the rare Iranian films screened were provided by Naficy, who originally curated the festival in 1990. Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2011.

Professor Muqeem Khan's had his hands in Hollywood hits

Northwestern University in Qatar professor Muqeem Khan talked to The Daily Dawn about his professional career experience in Hollywood as an animator. Khan worked on Final Fantasy, George of the Jungle, Armageddon, and groundbreaking films. The Daily Dawn, February 20, 2011.

Students produce documentary on Arab hip hop 

Three journalism students produced and screened "Broken Records" their first documentary on Arab hip-hop. The documentary featured some well-known and local hip-hop artists such as Omer Offendum and Majzara. The screening was held at the Education City student center and was followed by live performances of the artists featured in the documentary. National Geographic, Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, February 10, 2011.

Faculty Participate in panel discussion on role of women in journalism 

The event was organized by Qatar Professional Women’s Network (QPWN) and brought together leading women journalists to discuss empowerment of women journalists. Mary Dedinsky and Janet Key, assistant professors in the journalism program, focused on training methods used at Northwestern University to enable female students to work in the region. The Peninsula, Gulf Times, BI Middle East, TradeArabia, February 5, 2011.

Northwestern faculty urges Arab leaders to remove free speech curbs

Eighteen faculty members at Northwestern University in Qatar have issued an open letter calling on Arab governments to remove barriers to free expression, in the context of the ongoing mass protests on Arab streets. Gulf Times, The Peninsula, February 4, 2011.

Northwestern students produce documentaries on Turkey

Students from Northwestern University in Qatar travelled to Turkey to investigate the popularity of Turkish television in the Middle East. The students’ work will be screened to the public. The week long trip to Istanbul was undertaken as part of the University’s broadcast journalism class. The Peninsula, Zawya, January 25, 2011.

NU-Q Sponsors Qatar Academy Film Festival

The Northwestern University in Qatar has partnered with Qatar Academy to support a national high school film competition that will see young people produce their own documentaries. The documentaries will address topics of universal interest – human rights, sustainable development, and the environment – while making them relevant to Qatar. Gulf Times, Al-Sharq, February 3, 2011.

Professor Profile: Tracy Vaughn on the american tradition of quilting

Northwestern University in Qatar Senior Lecturer Tracy Vaughn's academic focus on literature brought her to the American tradition of quilting. The artform is the "textile version of jazz," Vaughn said. Crosscurrents, Fall/Winter, 2010/2011.     

Northwestern To hold Workshops for High School Students

An informational session titled ‘Discover Northwestern University in Qatar’ will be held tomorrow to profile the University’s programmes in Communication and Journalism. This flagship workshop is the penultimate session in the ‘Get Ready!’ Application Success workshop series, which is designed to help students submit more competitive college applications. The Peninsula, January 12, 2011.

New NU-Q dean ready for a challenge

Everette Dennis told the Daily Northwestern that he looks forward to NU-Q's future. "The school can be an institution that can have enormous impact on the region and the world," he said. "I think it's the most exciting educational collaboration in the media field anywhere in the world today." The Daily Northwestern, January 25, 2011.

Northwestern partners with Qatar Model United Nations to host film festival

The film festival is open to all high school students with an interest in filmmaking and exploring one of the three issues the film festival aims to illuminate – sustainable development, human rights and the environment., December 27, 2010.

Journalism sophomore lands interview with U.S. Secretary of Energy

NU-Q journalism sophomore Thouria Mahmoud landed a big interview earlier this year when the United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu visited Education City. She also had an opportunity few other journalists get - a sit-down, on-camera interview with a member of the U.S. President's Cabinet. The White House Blog, April 25, 2010.

Hollywood filmmaker visits Northwestern

Northwestern University in Qatar students are well positioned to succeed in the film industry, Northwestern alum and filmmaker William Bindley told students at Northwestern University in Qatar on Monday. The PeninsulaGulf TimesZawya, March 23, 2010.

Dean Margolis discusses Northwestern University in Qatar

Dean Margolis discusses NU-Q and Education City on Chicago Public Radio. Chicago Public Radio, November 19, 2009.

Professor Hamid Naficy speaks on film industry in Doha

Al Jazeera discusses the film industry in Doha with Northwestern Univeristy in Qatar professor Hamid Naficy. Al Jazeera,  November 1, 2009. Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2009.

Class of 2013 welcomed to Northwestern

The Gulf Times, The Peninsula and the Qatar Tribune all covered the welcoming of Northwestern University in Qatar's Class of 2013.  The Gulf TimesThe PeninsulaQatar Tribune, August 18, 2009.

Class of 2013 welcomed to Northwestern

Northwestern University in Qatar welcomes the Class of 2013. Northwestern NewsCenter, August 17, 2009.

Qatar students visit Evanston campus

The Gulf Times discusses the recent trip of NU Q students to Northwestern's Evanston campus. The Gulf Times, July 20, 2009.

Qatar students visit Evanston campus 

Students from Northwestern University in Qatar traveled to the United States for 10 days to visit with their counterparts in Evanston. Northwestern NewsCenter, June 1, 2009. 

Northwestern announces plans for new building in Education City

The Peninsula discusses the timeline for Northwestern's building in Education City. The Peninsula, May 30, 2009.

Northwestern becomes sixth university to join Education City 

Northwestern University in Qatar becomes the sixth university to officially join Education City. The Peninsula discusses Northwestern's opening ceremonies. The Gulf Times covers Northwestern's 'educational adventure'. The PeninsulaThe Gulf Times, March 24 2009.

Northwestern to raise Qatar’s media profile 

The Peninsula discusses Northwestern's goal to raise Qatar's media profile.  The Peninsula, March 23, 2009.

Dean Margolis and students discuss NU-Q

Northwestern University in Qatar's Dean and a student discuss NU-Q in the Gulf Times. The Gulf Times, March 22, 2009.

Northwestern’s presence signals that Qatar is serious about media freedom 

Gulf Times article on media freedom and Northwestern University in Qatar. The Gulf Times, December 26, 2008.

Dean Margolis talks Qatar Today

Dean John Margolis is interviewed by Qatar Today. Qatar Today, September 2008.

Northwestern plans outreach to local high schools

The Qatar Tribune discusses with Dean John Margolis how Northwestern University in Qater will reach out to local high schools.The Qatar Tribune, August 21, 2008.

Inaugural classes begin at Northwestern University in Qatar

Inaugural Classes Begin at Northwestern University in Qatar. Northwestern NewsCenter, August 18, 2008.

Northwestern and Qatar Foundation release details on new campus

Announcement of Northwestern University Affiliation with Qatar Foundation to Establish Northwestern University in Qatar. Northwestern NewsCenter, November 7, 2007.