A film on television game shows by American University of Sharjah (AUS) students was featured in the third annual Marami Magazine Future Female Journalist Forum at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on April 24.
The eight-minute film included a series of reports and on-campus interviews about the need to find a balance on Arabic TV channels between competitive shows featuring science themes vs. those involving musical talent.
The forum, entitled “Scientific and Singing Game Shows: Reality and Ambition,” was organized by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs’ Cultural Office and drew approximately 500 female students from many universities.
Organizers specifically asked AUS journalism students to make a film for the event. Sherouk Zakaria and Rezan Oueiti produced it under Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Dr. Hania Nashef’s supervision in a broadcast journalism course.
“AUS was invited for the second time to attend the forum and organizers asked our students to produce a film for the event,” said Nashef.
“I am really proud of Rezan and Sherouk,” she added, commending her students for their hard work.
Oueiti previously won an award at last year’s forum for her idea for an Arabic television program. “I was very happy to participate again in Marami this year,” she said, adding that making the film taught her how to be an active perceiver of information while watching TV, rather than being passive.
“I also learned what journalists do while preparing a report and how they do interviews,” she added.
Zakaria added that “We wanted to get the university’s name out there and let everyone know AUS students can produce good things.”
“I am really proud of what we achieved,” said Zakaria.
All participating students then brainstormed solutions on how to raise popularity of scientific game shows. Leading journalist Reem Obeidat concluded the forum by giving a workshop on the issues females may face in the workforce and how they can be addressed.
"The forum was useful as it broadened our knowledge in the field. The workshop was about challenges we are likely to face as females and I think that is really relevant to us,” noted Zakaria.
Nour Al-Ali is an English Literature and Mass Communication double major junior at the American University of Sharjah.
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