Students shine at 2022 Media and Research Awards

March 27, 2022
Northwestern Qatar hosted an award ceremony – the 2022 Media and Research Awards – that recognized student projects for journalistic and research excellence.
This year’s awards ceremony was held at the culmination of a week-long series of events where students showcased their creativity and scholarship, and featured submissions in three main categories — Written Word, Moving Image, and Co-curricular Projects. The projects submitted ranged from a documentary on access to birth control in Qatar to a research project examining arts and the Palestinian resistance.
Shortlisted projects were submitted and evaluated by a panel of judges, including Northwestern Qatar faculty and industry experts from leading media organizations, including Al Jazeera, Al Kass Sports Channels, BLJ Worldwide, and other notable media organizations.
Highlighting the variety of topics and issues tackled by the projects submitted, Northwestern Qatar Dean and CEO Marwan M. Kraidy said that while students deserve the recognition they receive, the work they have done is “more than the awards and recognition they may receive. It is also a signal – a signal to the world – of the immense talent, imagination, and intelligence that is present here—in our students at Northwestern University in Qatar.”
Among the projects recognized in this year’s awards ceremony is Clara, a fictional narrative film by Jannah Collado that showcases the negative emotional impacts of unrealistic women's beauty and body standards. “My film sheds light on a subject that has impacted me personally and many teenagers and young women around the world,” said Collado, who produced the film as part of a course she took on women in film. “This award is a recognition of the hard work my colleagues and I put into producing this film but, most importantly, it is an example of how the films produced by my colleagues and students, in general, can spark conversations on issues that haven't been getting the media attention they deserve.”
“The Media and Research Awards is not only a celebration of their immense talent but also of the impact they are having beyond the walls of Northwestern Qatar”
- Marwan M. Kraidy, dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar
The Media and Research Awards is an annual celebration of outstanding student work, featuring nominated projects produced both in and outside the classroom. Projects that have been recognized in previous ceremonies have received recognition globally, receiving awards from The Academy Awards, Doha Film Institute, and other media and research organizations around the world.

List of 2022 Media and Research Awards winners: 

Written Word
Creative Writing
To Dobrovna Anastasiia Nikolaevna by Hongji Feng

Journalistic Writing
JoeVincent So: Blue-Collar Fighter, White-Collar Preacher by Muhammad Wasay Mir

Strategic Communication
T2 Creative Handbook by Muhammad Wasay Mir, Laiba Mubashar, Mishaal Shirazi, Safae Daoudi, and Sarah Shamim

Research and Analysis – Humanities
Gendered Messages in the Handmaid’s Tale by Kayan Khraisheh

Research and Analysis – Social Science  
Compulsive Use of Youtube by Krishna Sharma, Temesgen Tewolde, and Sudesh Baniya
Moving Image
Against All Odds by Abdullah Imran, Menna Soliman, and Elyssa Gaddas

Narrative Fiction
Clara by Jannah Collado, Mohammed Al-Khulaifi, and Habeeba Abdelhamid

Melodies in Distance by Yanis Cherif
Co-curricular Projects
Published News
The Hidden Truth About Eating Disorders by Makeisha Amir

Funded Moving Image
Love for Layla by Nur Munawarah and Aesha Hussein