DOHA: Some of the world’s most prestigious media organisations, from news and fashion to public relations and filmmaking, are training students from Northwestern University in Qatar this spring.
Fourteen NU-Q students, seven of whom are Qatari nationals, have been selected for professional residencies at organisations that include The Financial Times in New York City, The Huffington Post and Fast Company magazine, also in New York City, and Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines in London. They began their 10-week residencies this February.
Jawaher Al Naimi, a junior who is heading to Hearst Magazines in London for an internship at Cosmopolitan magazine and Company magazine, hopes to eventually start her own national women’s magazine that goes beyond fashion and gossip to deal with societal issues overlooked in local newspapers. “The magazine industry is better suited to in-depth feature stories and creative writing- areas where I think Qatar still has space to grow,” says Al Naimi.
On why she is looking forward to her residency at Hearst Magazines, Al Naimi said: “This is an opportunity to hone my feature-writing skills and improve my understanding of what it takes to run a successful publication.”
Her classmate Mouza Al Derham, who has an internship in public relations at Bloomsbury Publishing in London, also spoke of applying the skills she cultivates abroad to the industry in her native Qatar. “I’m intrigued by the idea of opening a publishing house here- I know that there are talented writers in Qatar and the region and I want their stories to be heard,” says Al Derham.