Media Unlimited director Magda Abu-Fadil drilled four members of Al Arabiya’s English website team in journalism basics, components of news stories and tested their general knowledge in politics, geography, history and mathematics.
Exercises included strengthening story leads, avoidance of redundancies, aversion to oxymorons, and common errors journalists make when writing English copy.
She conducted the four-day course in intensive journalism for select members of the satellite news channel at their Dubai headquarters.
The budding journalists learned about setting news priorities by understanding newsworthiness and how to categorize stories in their daily lineups.
They also picked up tips on good feature, long story and series writing, as well as efficient ways of digging for information using traditional and online resources.
Abu-Fadil reinforced their ability to find, cultivate and use sources for their stories and how to measure the sources’ credibility.
Profiles, news conferences, speeches, meetings and interviews were part of the October 2012 workshop, as was beat reporting and editorializing.
The journalists were also urged not to overlook media ethics and to engage their audiences more actively through social media.