The Center will
- offer training courses and workshops for media and communication professionals in the UAE
- foster research into practical issues facing the media in the country and the region.
The Center plans to publish a database of media practitioners in the UAE. It will be available as a CD-Rom. This CD should prove an excellent research tool for UAE academics and researchers.
The Center plans to convene meetings of communication and journalism educators from throughout the UAE for discussion and networking. Plans are underway for the first gathering in late 2002.
The Center also plans to launch an electronic journal, to be called Gulf Media Studies, in the 2002-2003 academic year. Articles will be solicited from academics and media professionals from throughout the Gulf.
Faculty from the College of Communication and Media Sciences will serve as section editors for the publication, which will include refereed research articles, invited essays, review of newly released books and interviews with prominent figures in the media and communication industries.
The Center plans a rich menu of professional development opportunities, including workshops on English usage for journalists and professional communicators, using and evaluating information from the Internet, computer-assisted reporting, Web design, etc. Faculty from Zayed University′s College of Communication and Media Sciences, the University′s English Language Center and other areas of the University will be the primary instructors in these programs.
The Center plans to offer an ongoing program of workshops and courses for UAE and Gulf journalists and communicators. Courses will be designed to meet specific needs. The center has begun collecting data to provide a training needs analysis for the emirate of Dubai.
The Center offered a workshop on using the Internet as an information-gathering tool in May 2002.
The Center will sponsor, in conjunction with the Center for International Media Education at Georgia State University in the United States, a workshop for Gulf journalists and representatives of non-governmental organizations in December 2002.
(last updated: 02-March-2004)
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