Northwestern students launch publication

Doha, Qatar: October 31, 2010: The Daily Q, the student publication from  Northwestern University in Qatar, was launched on Thursday with the  help of chairman and publisher of The New York Times Arthur O.  Sulzberger Jr.

Sulzberger and Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page  editor of the New York Times, participated in a panel discussion in  front of Northwestern students and faculty before Sulzberger hit a key  to launch The Daily Q onto the World Wide Web.

The Daily Q is the University’s first online publication featuring student writing, photography and video.

Rosenthal  and Sulzberger shared their experiences of the media industry in the  United States and around the world, and advised the students on the  essentials of journalism in an evolving global media landscape.

“You  have to know your tools because those tools are expanding,” said  Rosenthal. “In an industry of constant change, nobody is just going to  be a reporter anymore. Journalism is now about being able to take a  picture or shoot a video. These skills are becoming more important.”

Acknowledging  the challenges of media censorship, the panelists advised the students  to be professional but courageous. “Find out what the limits are first,  and then push as far as you can go,” they said. “Above all, be fair.”

Richard  Roth, senior associate dean of journalism at NU-Q, said: “The names  Sulzberger and Rosenthal are synonymous with The New York Times. And one  day names like Al-Thani, Qazi, Ferreira and all the names of our  students will be synonymous with The Daily Q.”

Students from the  Middle East International School, who are planning to start their own  newspaper, also attended the event and were able to tap into the  experience of the panelists, NU-Q faculty and students.

Janet  Key, assistant professor in the journalism program, is joint faculty  advisor alongside Lecturer Miriam Berg. She said the newspaper provides  students with an important opportunity to gain deeper knowledge of the  profession they are studying.

“This is a terrific opportunity  for the students,” said Key. “It is a way to have their work out there.  They will be able to use it for internships and jobs as concrete  evidence that they are published globally and are able to work as  multimedia professional journalists.”

Currently the editor of  the publication, Key expects to step back as students gradually take  over the day-to-day running of the publication. Eventually, the  publication will be opened up to other students across Education City.  It will continue to be run according to Northwestern standards of  fairness, balance, and accuracy.