Jerusalem - Al Quds Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Science proudly hosted Shireen Abu Akleh when she appeared as a guest lecturer of the Writing for Media course. The event was coordinated and supervised by Abdullah H. Erakat who teaches in the Media Department of the college.
Ms. Abu Akleh, best known as a correspondent for Al Jazeera (Arabic), spoke about her experiences in print and broadcast journalism. She has also reported for Radio Monte Carlo and Voice of Palestine. She further talked to students about the challenges journalists face, in general, as well as covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Specifically, she spoke about her personal experiences, namely her daily confrontations with the Israeli Army. She also mentioned the division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip and what it’s like to deal with two Palestinian authorities.
She talked about what it’s like being a woman working in the Media sector and in particular how more efforts must be exerted and how the risk level is higher. She stressed the fact that the journalists should be committed to a strict code of ethics in which objectivity and neutrality are preserved. On the other hand, she mentioned the hidden agendas of some media networks -- both local and international. She advised students to only express what happens on the ground no matter what through reporting the truth and nothing but the truth.
It`s worth mentioning that Al Quds Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences seeks to promote skills needed by students to be the best they can be when they enter the real world. Specifically, it believes in the importance of giving AQB students the opportunity to meet with professionals who have practical experiences in their respective fields. As a result, the students are trying constantly to develop themselves through perseverance, hope and determination. All of this is reflected in a comprehensive philosophy aiming toward preparing the students to be qualified to meet the requirements of the competitive job market.