A strong believer in New Media
Mona Ahmed Al-Hammoudi |
September 01, 2011
Dr Sulaiman Al Hattlan was invited to give a guest lecture to the Young Media Leaders. Following a very interesting and animated discussion, Mona Ahmed Al Hammoudi from UAE University had the opportunity to interview Dr Al Hattlan.
A media lesson
| By Sara Mohamed Saif Al Nadabi |
February 17, 2011
The editor-in-chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic, Mohamed al Hammadi, talks to the Young Media Leaders about the importance of reading and how asking the right questions can change your future.
During the third Young Media Leaders'
workshop, the participating students met Mr Mohamed al Hammadi, the editor-in-chief of the
Arabic edition of ‘National Geographic’. It was a fantastic opportunity for
all Young Media Leaders to talk to this successful Emirati man,
and to listen to a lecture full of useful information on how to succeed in the media
Mr Al Hammadi started his presentation by asking us, the Young Media Leaders, the following question:
“What’s the most important thing in media?”We all tried our best to give the right
answer to this complex question. When my turn came, I simply said: “Reading”`.
I was so happy when Mr Al Hammadi told me
that my answer was correct. In his opinion, reading, and, in a wider sense,
curiosity and a desire to know and understand what is happening around us, is
most important for all media practitioners. Journalists have to continuously
look at ways of expanding their knowledge, and reading is by far one of the
main ways to broaden one’s horizons.
As far as I’m concerned, I see reading as
the means to become a famous journalist. Without reading, I would know nothing.
And if I don’t have the knowledge, then how can I write? How can I negotiate, discuss?
How can I make the audience trust me? And ultimately how can I be a part of
change and progress, how can I aim to represent the truth?
So my advice to all my colleagues, friends,
relatives, to all the people that I know and all the people that I don’t know,
is to read as much as possible and as often as they can.
Mr Al Hammadi graduated from UAE University
in Al Ain. He began his academic studies as a student in Geology, but after one
year he changed direction and became a Media student.
So why did Mr Al Hammadi suddenly change?
“I asked myself”, said Mr Al Hammadi, “if I
continue to study Geology, what will I be in the future. A Geology teacher! And
then, will I be able to help change my society and the world? What sort of
responsibility will I have towards my country? Will I be able to comment on
issues that I might see in my country and the world?”
“So, after asking myself all of these
important questions, I decided to transfer from Geology to Media. On top of all
that, I’ve always liked writing and photography.”
Mr Al Hammadi’s speech was indeed
inspiring – a lecture full of energy, life and enthusiasm. All the YML
students felt that they’ve gained a lot of important and useful information –
real insights in the life of a media personality, which we could use in own
For more information about Mohammed al
Hammadi, please consult the following links:
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