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Middlesex University Dubai first year journalism students visited the Dubai courts as part of their first year curriculum


On the ‘Beat’ at the DIFC Courts

Searching for news, first year journalism students in the Media Programme went on a journalist’s ‘beat’ to experience a real courtroom setting, Monday, 2nd of February.  Courts and their cases are typically covered by news organizations as one of the standard places, or ‘beats’, for gathering news for stories.  The class of ten students, accompanied by their instructor, Dr. Lucyann Kerry, traveled to the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) and its international, commercial law courts for an initial orientation.  Natasha Bakirci, an assistant registrar at the courts, explained the legal framework, the jurisdiction of the Courts, the judicial process and the relationship of journalists with the free zone court system.   As part of their ‘Issues in Journalism’ module, students are required to observe a real life case being heard and write a news story based on the hearing. Although no actual hearings were taking place on this visit, the students learned how to use the Court’s information system, to understand the court schedule and access court documents online. This gave them an opportunity to begin planning their next visit for their assignment

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