Entry #20

Labeabah Al-Roum Al-Muhairi
Ms. Jardine
Journalism E
June 2 2014
Entry #20– The Last Few Classes Of Journalism

Although the school year has come to an end, we have covered a few final topics before publishing our final paper of the school year. Our final assignment was to cover an opinion editor of a major newspaper. I personally choice Frank Bruni, Frank Bruni was an opinion columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, however joined in 1995, Bruni has written two New York Times best sellers known as “Born Round” and “Ambling Into History”, which a chronicle of George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency. And was Co-author of “A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church”. Came to The Times from The Detroit Free Press, where he wrote a profile of a convicted child molester which was a Pulitzer prize finalist. The reason why I selected Frank Bruni is because of his well written books such as Born Round which talks about the struggles and insecurities of weight gain and how it effects a person over time and throughout the years, as well as Ambling Into History which is a chronicle of George Bush’s campaign for the presidency. I also chose him because he talks about controversial topics in articles, regardless of possible consequences. Strengths and what makes him popular is that he lets the reader very well see two different sides of the story alongside his opinion and he is extremely detailed and easy to understand, and has very informative articles. Furthermore, What makes Bruni important is that he is very good at supporting his view with multiple legitimate sources and lots of information to backup his argument as well as information from the other side, alongside the fact that he Discusses the struggles of every day things that have been ignored by many other journalists. Bruni usually gravitates towards topics such as Politics and the stock market, Women and the economy, Social, political, and economic issues as well as Culture and religion, and in the process of making them informative he suddenly makes a humerous point which changes the tone in his articles.

The article I chose was Women’s Unequal Lot, which talks about the struggle of being a woman in America as he talks about his sister who has to work four jobs in order to make a reasonable amount of money to make a living, alongside the fact that she is a mother of four and has to juggle multiple things, however he also relates his sisters situation to female entrepeneurs and females who have to work more than males in order to get the same pay as they pay for woman are less then males. My favorite quote from the article is where he states “I work a single job; she works three or four. There’s her paid one at an executive search firm, finding and screening candidates for corner offices in the retail industry. Then there are the others. She spends many hours daily as a combined chauffeur, drill sergeant, cheerleader and emotional nursemaid for her two children and two stepchildren.” And then at the end of the article includes a quote from his sister and himself which states, “How can I place senior executives when I’m facing my son’s headmaster with glasses at a 45-degree angle on my head and pinkeye?” she said, with the kind of laugh that’s a sob in drag. “I look like a total hot mess.” Or a cautionary tale. Or, to me, a superhero.

Furthermore, as I was a part of the Pawprint from 2013 to 2014, it would be an honor to continue for 2014 to 2015.  Although I did enter the Journalism course as a Freshman, there has been a major improvement in my writing when comparing articles written at the beginning of the year to the end of the year, and at times have even set the bar higher for my fellow freshmen. As a writer, I dedicated a lot of personal time to writing articles of quality to be published in the school newspaper The Pawprint, and did not hand in the article unless it was up to my standards. I did exceptionally well this year in Journalism as a Staff Reporter in The Pawprint, however my ambitions have grown and am willing to raise the bar and attempt to reach and succeed in the next level, becoming an editor. And finally, after sending in an application, I was inducted Entertainment editor of the Pawprint 2013-2014 and I assure you, I will reach and exceed standards.

Word Count: 760

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Entry #19

Labeabah Al-Roum Al-Muhairi
Ms. Jardine
Journalism E
April 1 2014
Entry #19 – The Last Few Classes Of Journalism

This semester in journalism what usually occurs is article writing as well as creating and assigning story lines, as always, as well as learning about ethics and sensitivity in journalism. However, it was only a few weeks ago when I was spontaneously given a graded quiz without being informed that a quiz would be given, what made the fact that the quiz was given even worse is that the quiz was graded and curved to be put into our overall grade, which in my opinion is unfair and irrational. Yes, I did just use the word unfair and irrational to express my bias emotions on purpose. Firstly, I would appreciate it if I was informed that we would have a quiz therefore I would have time to study, and secondly I would appreciate a guide as to what the quiz would be about. However, the reason as to why we were given a quiz was because some students were lacking strength within their articles, which in my opinion is their issue, not mine. The quiz covered topics that we learned at the beginning of the year and what angers me is the fact that we have to recall something from seven months ago, have it graded and not be informed of anything, unless this is a diagnostic quiz to check progress, than I don’t believe it should be present. I don’t believe that a quiz should define my capabilities of writing articles, I remember clear and mandatory aspects that should be in an article and I can recall ethics however not all of them to the point where I have to be graded on something I studied 7 months ago. As you can see, evidently, all my articles have received grades over 95% however when it came to analysing and interpreting and remembering on the quiz I was completely baffled. I currently personally believe that the quiz should not be graded or put into our grade because I know I did not do well, however the quiz does not define my ability to write articles even when I believe that I am the freshman in the class that puts effort into writing and does the best I can, I may have not done well on the quiz however I have evidently done well in my articles, just because a few people forget simple aspects of their article does not mean I should suffer and I should receive consequences I do not deserve.

Word count: 425

Entry #18

Labeabah Al-Roum Al-Muhairi
Ms. Jardine
Journalism E
April 1 2014
Entry #18 Rolling Stones Review

The Rolling Stones who are currently on their 14 On Fire tour and band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood back out on the road again after consecutive concerts in the UK and US in 2013 and in 2014 bring more iconic music and sensational stage shows to audiences around the globe. In 2013, The Stones launched the 14 On Fire tour with their first ever gig in the Middle East in February and made their way through Asia, Australia and New Zealand, before deciding to return to play Europe for the first time in seven years for consecutive summer shows. Jagger’s girlfriend recently passed therefore all concerts were paused and rescheduled for May. I being a huge fan of The Stones was in front of the stage the day they began their 14 On Fire tour in Abu Dhabi which was their first show in the Middle East. EVER. And in the process happened to write an article review of the spectacular show. The Stones first hinted that they would be performing in the U.A.E. after they tweeted “You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need #StonesAbuDhabi” in Arabic. When the band arrived on stage the day of the event, 21 February 2014 Mick Jagger attempted to tease the audience by attempting to speak Arabic between songs and beamingly told us “Marhaba!” as well as how the band spent their four days in Abu Dhabi and visited to Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, Ferrari World and recited the UAE’s emirates (however left out Ajman) and said, “Did I leave anyone out?” – cheekily hinting up to Dubai. The concert was sold out and contained an audience of 30,000, fans in fire pit and golden circle received a shock as both areas were crowded and a 40 metre t-shaped stage split both sections of the venue in two. The concert began with the hit “Start Me Up” and led to songs such as ‘Doom and Gloom’ as well as classics which included ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ ‘Honky Tonk Woman’, ‘‘Tumbling Dice’, and ‘Miss You’.

Word Count: 379

Entry #17

Labeabah Al-Roum Al-Muhairi

Ms. Jardine

Journalism E

1 April 2014

Entry #17 – Top 5 eateries in Dubai

Dubai managed to grow and emerge as one of the top cities of the world due to many factors, one if which is its international cuisine.  The restaurants of Dubai spontaneously hit top of the charts on Time Out Magazine within nearly 2 months or weeks of their opening. An example of so is a restaurant known as Smiling BKK, that offers thai cuisine. Although Smiling BKK’s initial location requires walking through multiple alleyways and sketchy stores alongside the mosque, the journey to the area is just as exciting s the food. The completely underrated yet entertaining Smiling BKK will “blow your mind” as the waiter states.  Most customers go to the Smiling BKK located behind a sketchy alleyway in Jumeirah and behind a mosque due to the atmosphere and service of the restaurant, and of course Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball song on repeat. Multiple recreations of the Mona Lisa, one with a mustache, one as an angel, one as Mick Jagger, the list goes on. Going to Smiling BKK is a quest and you will be on a mission to find it and will be shocked when you reach it, then laugh uncontrollably when reading the hilarious names on the menu. Alongside the memorable night and cuisine, my high school art teacher sides with me and states, “As you follow the directions to arrive at BKK, you start to wonder if it is indeed just in someone’s house. Nestled in the back of a neighbourhood behind a petrol station lies a small gem. Smiling BKK has an eclectic vibe from the walls that are covered in tiny picture frames with random photos to the magazine placemats. Once inside you feel like you have left Dubai. It doesn’t feel like you are in Bangkok, but it tastes like it. My fellow dinners and I began with Pots of Gold and Som Tam (Papaya Salad), which was a little sour for my liking. Next was delicious Laap Gai (Chicken dish) and Pad See Ew (flat rice noodles) for the mains. A fellow diner had the Gang Keow Wan Gai (Green Chicken Curry) and said it was fantastic. Quality for price, Smiling BKK wins. The atmosphere is inviting and the people who work there are friendly. I would go here again and again.“

Word count: 392

Entry #16

Labeabah Al-Roum Al-Muhairi

Ms. Jardine

Journalism E

1 April 2014

Entry #16

Multiple journalists put themselves at risk in order to speak the truth and nothing but the truth when entering battle zones and areas of civil war. However are doing so to inform the people. Ali Hassan al-Jaber was journalist from Qatar who worked as the camera operator for the arab based news and TV channel known as Al Jazeera. Furthermore Al-Jaber was amongst the first foreign journalists who were killed during the Libyan civil war (ruled by Ghadaffi) in 2011. Al-Jazeera’s Palestinian report Tareq Ayyoub was killed April 3, 2003 in Baghdad, which is located in Iraq. He was doing a news coverage and was unfortunately killed when a U.S. missile struck the station’s Baghdad bureau, killing Ayyoub in the process. José Amaya Jacinto was killed on April 6 1998 in La Unión, Peru when at 8 p.m 12 men with pistols and automatic weapons entered the Chumpitaz family residence located in La Unión  of Piura. The assailants asked Isabel Chumpitaz Panta if she was the journalist, and when she answered they shot her dead.  All  of these three journalists have put themselves at risk in order to give the general public the truth as to what is occurring in different countries. Al-Jaber and Jacinto were both similar as to how they died and both journalists stood strongly when questioned and wanted to put themselves at risk in order to help the general public see events and have a coverage of what is occurring world wide. Tareq Ayyoub was not shot however put himself at risk entering a war zone and was killed by a American missile, he went to the field and was unexpectedly killed. All of these journalists differ from journalists today as journalists today are unwilling to put themselves at risk for the general public and to give coverages of worldwide news, which leads to how the fate of journalism is perishing, because newscasts are basing information on speculation rather than sending trained and professional journalists to war zones and places in which have civil war or political struggles in order to give a correct coverage.

Word Count: 351

Entry #15

Labeabah Al-Roum Al-Muhairi

Ms. Jardine

Journalism E

March 30 2014

Dubai American Academies 24 Hour Relay and MSF.

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation”, as stated on their website. More than 24,000 MSF staff are providing assistance to those who are in crises worldwide. MSF has offices in 19 countries in which support them including Sydney. The MSF organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 and multiple high schools have created MSF groups to raise awareness of world wide struggles as well as to raise money for those in need and are suffering economic struggles or are going through the post-dramatic trauma of natural disasters. MSF helps rebuild those who have been effected’s houses and build schools for areas and for children in need of an education. MSF also provides healthcare for those who have been effected by diseases as well as mothers entering labor by creating inflatable hospitals for people to receive healthcare in. Dubai American Academy (DAA) located in Dubai is one of the schools in which contains an MSF group in order to raise awareness for those in need. DAA’s Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) club recently held their first ever 24 Hour Relay organized by students for charity. MSF can be defined as, “The world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid.” DAA’s MSF club has been planning and organizing the 24 Hour Relay for weeks, although difficulties were faced when modifying approval, the event was rescheduled and continued as students were eager to visit swimmers when participating in the relay at the DAA pool. Creator of the event Junior Federico Dana unfortunately could not compete, Dana created the idea of swimming for 24 hours for charity, the event was student run and multiple teachers arrived to watch, chaperone, and support swimmers in completing the 24 hour relay. Those who participated in the 24 Hour Relay were, Senior Yasmine Riad, Junior Sarah De Maaker, Junior Yousseff Abdelgawad, Sophomore Madison Perkin, and Freshman Riccardo Dana.

Word count:  358

Entry #14

Labeabah Al-Roum

Ms. Jardine

Journalism E

March 30 2014

Malaysia Flight Coverage (2014)

               Let us face the facts and state that the Malaysia flight coverage was based on the speculations of unprofessional journalists who did not seek the truth and follow the guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists.  At this point, people worldwide are confused as to what to believed due to articles based on speculation. Whereas because the plane is lost, we do not know anything, nor does the press, therefore nothing should be written besides the fact that we don’t know anything about where the plane currently is and the fact that we know 249 passengers were on the plane that took off from one of the most dependable airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and managed to go off the radar and was unable to return to Malaysia and is located somewhere in the Indian ocean after the plane has crashed.  Currently, journalists are defying ethics and rules of journalism as they are maximising harm, are not seeking the truth and reporting it correctly, are not acting independently and are not taking responsibility of all articles published due to lack of facts and increase of speculations. What people want to read are the facts, rather than the speculation of a single journalist  sitting behind the desk of a second-class newspaper/news-channel because we are currently thinking the same thing he/she is. We already know the possibilities, we don’t need to raise more questions and possibilities based on your single point of view, and besides, journalists are not supposed to be biased. CNN for one, can usually be seen as a dependable newscast and gives us the truth HOWEVER, what the general public does not know about CNN is that their 24 hour news coverage on the Malaysia flight was all based on the speculation of unknown journalists.  At first the newscast delivered the facts, however when they realised that no more facts were available due speculation arose and CNN began looking at all corners of crazy and stating that something supernatural such as aliens and black holes were the cause of the disappeared Malaysia flight. Even Jon Stewart, a comedian host of a news show known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart began explaining how CNN had a lack of information and ignored all other news just to talk about their speculations on the Malaysia flight and create holographic planes for people sitting in their couches to see.