Complete with lights, a green screen, on-site editing suite, and directors and technical staff from the NU-Q student body, the live studio allowed children aged eight and above to experience the roles of field reporter, field producer, anchor and weatherman.

Everette E. Dennis, Dean and CEO of NU-Q said:

Engaging the local community and fostering media literacy are important parts of our mission at NU-Q. In this project at DTFF’s Family Days, we wanted to give young people and their parents a chance to have fun while also learning something about how a news broadcast gets made.

NU-Q’s involvement at DTFF’s Family Day activities comes at the end of a slew of events born from a partnership between NU-Q and the Doha Film Institute, with regard to this year’s DTFF on-programs to support local story telling and the development of the media industry in Qatar, including co-hosting the opening night of DTFF’s Made in Qatar series.

Chayane Rbeiz, 11, who participated in the live news cast had this to say:

I was very shy before this but now I think I want to study at Northwestern and be a field producer when I grow up.

Students from NU-Q – which is in its 5th year of existence in Doha as the leading media school at Qatar Foundation’s Education City – also had the chance to ‘run the show’ with support from university faculty. Said Syeda Azka Ali, Communication Freshman:

This is my first time directing anything live. It has shown me the responsibility involved in the job, and I definitely want to continue doing this in the future.

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