Gulf Times editor-in-chief Faisal Abdulhameed al-Mudahka underscored the importance of communication in dealing with a number of political, social, and other issues in a discussion with journalism students at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) Tuesday.
Al-Mudahka was invited by NU-Q’s Journalism and Strategic Communication Programme director Mary Dedinsky, also Associate Professor in Residence, to speak about how a media company such as Gulf Times works and content production, including “how important news, sports and feature stories are,” among others.
In his speech, al-Mudahka cited the critical role that different media organisations in Qatar play such Al Jazeera Media Network, as well as Gulf Times (the first English newspaper in the country), in delivering the right message to the public on several issues, particularly in the Arab world.
He stressed that communication also played a key role in Qatar’s efforts to foster peace and stability in the region, including mediating in the Lebanon crisis and hosting a recent peace talks between the United States (US) and the Taliban.
The US – Taliban talks, which started on June 29 in Doha, was aimed at finding a lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
He explained that communication served as an effective tool for Qatar to successfully counter the various narratives and accusations spread by blockading countries since June 5, 2017.
Qatar Media Corporation also plays a significant role as a platform for the country to push its message about its contribution globally, particularly in the political arena.
About opportunities for journalism graduates in the media industry, al-Mudahka noted that several media organisations, including newspapers (online news), offer promising careers for talented candidates.
He pointed out that the advent of modern technology, internet (search engines), the social media and artificial intelligence, is continuously creating more jobs.
“Nowadays, two to three people can get together and create something,” the editor-in-chief said. “And I see a lot of intelligent and talented people here.”
Such platforms, he added, has the ability to reach more audience than the conventional way of circulating a certain number of newspaper copies – a reason for media outlets to invest in smart technologies.
Al-Mudahka also highlighted the importance of editorial independence saying that most media companies and institutions in Qatar, including Gulf Times, are privately-owned and generate their own income.
He said Gulf Times is in the process of building its social media and smart technology platforms, as well as collaborating with various organisations, to further generate valuable content for its readers and followers.