NU-Q, Al Jazeera signs cooperation deal
Doha, March 21, 2013
Northwestern University in Qatar and Al Jazeera Network have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will further facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer between two of Qatar’s foremost media organisations.
The agreement will allow professionals and budding journalists to benefit from the combined expertise of the two institutions through joint research and strategic studies projects, training workshops, a co-designed lecture series, internships and faculty contributions as well as journalist-exchange programs, said a statement.
In addition, NU-Q will conduct 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 memorandum was signed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al-Thani, director general of Al Jazeera Network, and Everette Dennis, dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar.
“Al Jazeera Network places the development of its team’s skills at the top of its priorities, to stay par with the great media-related feats Qatar has accomplished regionally and internationally,” said Sheikh Ahmed. “The Network consistently strives to exchange experiences with research and educational institutions in line with Al Jazeera’s mission.”
He expressed Al Jazeera’s willingness to support NU-Q students with scholarships and training opportunities, and by encouraging them to participate in Al Jazeera’s community service initiatives.
As one of the most important media organizations in Qatar and the region, Al Jazeera Network “has one of the world’s largest cadre of news professionals,” said Dennis. “That makes Al Jazeera a place of great interest for anyone who strives to understand the world’s media ecosystem, and for Northwestern students and alumni who will go on to work in the media industry.”
Dean Dennis added that the collaboration with Al Jazeera would allow students to enhance their education not only in traditional broadcast but in public relations, new media, and documentary filmmaking. – TradeArabia News Service