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Rami Khouri helps hone writing skills of NU-Q faculty, students

Rami Khouri helps hone writing skills of NU-Q faculty, students

Tribune News Network
Doha
In response to the threat posed by the spread of disinformation in societies worldwide, Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) recently hosted a series of writing sessions for journalism students and faculty members to advance factual, research-based communication.
Led by Rami Khouri, a syndicated journalist and member of NU-Q’s Joint Advisory Board, the sessions included a masterclass and two writing workshops.
Khouri, a global voice with decades of experience in every facet of the media business, addressed the global need to harness research knowledge and make verified facts available to decision-makers through the process of identifying influential journalism and adopting fact-based messaging techniques.
During the ‘Masterclass in Narrative Non-Fiction’, Khouri outlined the various aspects of narrative journalism, which he defined as stories made more descriptive through the experience of a subject.
This form of writing, which engages the senses of the reader, Khouri noted, creates impactful stories that strike a balance between emotions and facts and “adds perspective to real-world conflicts”. In his ‘Opinion Editorials Writing Workshop’, Khouri explained how op-eds predicated on facts can appeal to public sentiment.
“As the name implies, the critical element of an op-ed is the ‘op’ or opinion,” Khouri told the students. “You have to have a strong opinion; you’re not just describing, reminiscing or feeling good about something, you need to have a strong opinion about some topic.”
Khouri is the former director, and now senior fellow of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He also currently sits as a senior fellow, Middle East Initiative, in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, he was editor of The Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon and editor-in-chief of The Jordan Times.

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