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Students attend Graduation Ceremony at Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan’s Majlis

Emirati Young Media Leaders Honoured at ADMAF Graduation 26th Nov 2014

Emirati Young Media Leaders Honoured at ADMAF Graduation

Today, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) witnessed the graduation of 16 Emirati students from its 2013/14 Young Media Leader programme. At a ceremony that took place at His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan’s – UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, ADMAF Patron and President - majlis, the students’ successful completion of the nine-month vocational development programme in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan, ADMAF Advisors and senior faculty members of the UAE’s federal universities and colleges.

The 16 young Emirati students, who represent the universities of HCT Abu Dhabi Men’s College, Zayed University, UAE University, and the HCT Abu Dhabi Women’s College, received their accredited certificates from ADMAF. The intensive course that interlinks with ADMAF’s educational and community programmes as well as the Abu Dhabi Festival, consisted of a series of workshops, lectures, field trips, and hands-on training in aspects such as photojournalism, broadcasting, news writing and online media. With the objective of preparing participants for a career in the media industry, the students have been equipped with both the necessary knowledge and experience, delivered by some of the industry’s leading experts, including the Emirati writer and journalist Mohammad Al Hammadi, Editor-in-chief of Al Ittihad Newspaper; Amandeep Bhangu, TV reporter for BBC News and Al Jazeera English; the Lebanese Columnist Jihad Al Khazen; and Alsaad Al Menhali, Chief Editor of National Geographic Arabic Magazine, among others.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan’s – UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, said: “Media is a strategic partner in the development of nations. It plays a key role in influencing societies and shaping minds as it impacts the entire spectrum of our lives. It is essential to equip the promising young men and women of the UAE with the right skills and tools to become the media leaders of tomorrow. I am proud to see the extent to which the Young Media Leaders Programme has achieved this so far. We are looking at the pioneers of tomorrow’s sustainable, robust, Emirati media industry.

H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said: “I am proud that the eighth cohort of Young Media Leaders have graduated today. During their training, they have been tested, challenged and encouraged in all aspects of media. Each year, we at ADMAF also ensure our students gain significant experience through the Abu Dhabi Festival as well as our year-round educational and community programmes. By enabling them to apply the theory in a number of dynamic environments, they gain an in depth understanding of a range of platforms; from print to digital, broadcast to photojournalism, and reporting to blogging.

“Telling stories in engaging and eye-catching ways is one of the most important assets within the media industry today. With so much noise created across a multitude of media platforms, young and aspiring journalists need to know how to cut-through the coverage and convey their stories in compelling and emotive ways. Through direct exposure to this process and challenge, coupled with training by leading media professionals, we believe we are helping inspire the next generation of media leaders; allowing them to see the variety of career paths within the world of journalism.

“As we say goodbye to our latest graduates and help them on their way to their first jobs in the market, we also welcome the next group of students to our new 2014/2015 programme.”

 Expanding the group to 18, students for the 2014/2015 programme have been selected. This new cohort of Emirati Young Media Leaders began their training in early November and will trained in Arabic and English language proficiency as well as techniques in writing, reporting, broadcasting and presenting. ADMAF are also expanding the multimedia content to include blogging and the effective use of Twitter.

This 2014 Young Media Leaders marks the programme’s ninth consecutive year in preparing students for careers in the media industry. Through activities like this, ADMAF reaches 40,000 people across the UAE today, supporting civil society and broadening the ambitions of the Emirati youth.