On Wednesday, March the 13th 2013, the third year Media, Public Relations and Advertising students along with the third year Journalism and Communication students had the rare opportunity to meet and network with a great many high profiled and influential people in media from Dubai and the Middle East. The ‘Speed Dating Event’ enabled students to meet and take advantage of the media professionals knowledge in their respected fields. The students were allowed 2/3 minutes to glean as much information from each professional as they could by asking questions and talking about their interests and how to pursue them. When the bell rang, they would quickly move on to the next professional and proceed to do the same. After the initial speed dating session had ended, the Media students hosted a breakfast and further networking event for their special guests.
The students thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and it helped them to improve their communication skills, develop their self-confidence and helped to determine their future career path within the industry.
“I think it was an amazing opportunity to have industry professionals interact with us one on one, this gave us the chance to learn about the industry and how it functions.” Injeel Firoz, a Journalism student had commented.
Among the guests was a journalist from the National newspaper, Alice Haine, as well as the editor at large from Gulf News, Francis Mathew, a MEPRA representative, Carine Duvignaud, MEPRA have been kind enough to join us on many occasions. We were also fortunate enough to have two producers and presenters from Dubai One Television, Omar bu Butti and Katie Fielding, who both gave very good advice to the students. For those students considering a career in magazines, The Rolling Stones Magazine representative, Nikki Rutherford, was present as well as a representative of Good Food magazine, Sudeshna Ghosh. From Dubai Eye to talk about her experience in the field, was Sue Parry. There was even an opportunity to speak with a Photojournalist working for Gulf News, something that was different and also very interesting to talk about. This opened up to the students how vast the fields within the media industry are, as Richelle Villar, a student of PR, stated, “It was like getting one foot in the door through networking with media professionals”.
The experts and professionals in attendance were warm and extremely helpful when speaking to the students, answering any and all questions the students asked, giving them all valuable information and guidance for the future.
Asmaa Chaker Sultani
BA (Hons) Journalism and Communication