Student takes business approach toward journalism

February 01, 2012 - 10:13:54 pm


Sara Khodr, NU-Q’s journalism student.

DOHA: A student from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has taken business approach to tackling modern media issues through cross-enrolment programme combining journalism degree with business studies to influence perceptions of the Middle East.  

When Sara Khodr moved to Qatar with her family, after having spent the first 14 years of her life in Seattle, USA, she was struck by how much people here knew about the West and how little her friends back in the West knew of the Middle East. Sara, who comes from a Lebanese background, resolved to use the power of media to help right this imbalance.

“I started to realise then that I wanted to give voice to people and issues that matter in the Middle East but are often overlooked in international media,” says Khodr, now an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Qatar, “I wanted to fight common stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims, but at that point, I didn’t yet know how.” The Peninsula