ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE TO ITHMAR INITIATIVE REFLECTS STUDENTS’ KEEN INTEREST IN MEDIA, SAYS TARIQ SAEED ALLAY, DIRECTOR OF SGMB
Sharjah Press Club, a subsidiary of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, has successfully concluded the first edition of the Ithmar media training programme, conducted at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), for students aged 10 to 17 years, introducing them to the role, importance and fundamentals of journalism and media.
Speaking at the closing ceremony on Wednesday, HE Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, and Ms Caroline Faraj, Vice President of CNN Arabic underscored the importance and role of the media and as a viable future career option. Participants were given joint training certificates by both sides in the presence of representatives of various schools and supporting partners.
The Sharjah Press Club launched the media training programme, Ithmar, in July in collaboration with CNN Arabic. The programme covered various aspects of the media as a profession, its importance and role in shaping society. The programme also featured five field visits to various media organisations in the country including Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (TV and Radio), CNN Arabic, Al Majid Children's Television Channel, and Cartoon Network Arabic etc.
Speaking on the occasion, HE Tariq Saeed Allay stressed the keenness of the Sharjah Press Club and Sharjah Government Media Bureau to promote the concept of media education for the younger generation as a career option, supporting them with the tools and possibilities that help achieve their aspirations in this critical sector.
Voicing his pleasant surprise at the tremendous response to the first edition of Ithmar, the Director said that this reflects the keen interest of young people in the media sector. This will encourage the SPC and the Bureau to offer many more such programmes and initiatives that are specifically directed at students and youth, he added.
Allay also thanked and lauded CNN for its enthusiastic support and constructive contribution to the success of the training programme.
Caroline Faraj, Vice President of CNN Arabic, commended the SPC and SGMB for coming up with an innovative initiative like Ithmar for young school students and pre-university youth tapping the next generation by offering them the necessary knowledge and training and guiding them in a positive direction to shape their future.
Faraj pointed out that the training programme taught the participants the skills needed for writing news, how to distinguish the correct news from false or misleading, and the mechanisms of dealing with social media, both positive and negative. Besides, participants were trained in using smartphones to shoot quality pictures for media and also create good videos and graphics. Participants also learnt basic radio and television skills and successful interviewing techniques as part of their training.
Ithmar participants will also benefit from a complimentary membership of the Sharjah Press Club. A mini media club will also be launched in schools participating in the programme.
The Sharjah Press Club operates under the umbrella of the SGMB to serve journalists and the media sector in the country through organising a number of specialised events and programmes throughout the year, while ensuring constructive cooperation with the leading players in the sector.