(MENAFN - The Peninsula)
Northwestern Qatar has announced the 2021 Media and Research Awards, recognizing nearly 100 projects representing NU-Q students' scholarly and journalistic excellence over the past two years.
This year's finalists, which include submissions from the academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21, featured journalistic, multimedia, and research projects tackling pressing global issues, ranging from a film on a Yemeni refugee who found love in South Korea to news articles on racism in the Arab World and social distancing, to research projects on digital diplomacy, education in Palestine, and the politics of climate change.
In past years, projects that have been recognized in the award ceremony have received recognition globally. 'From a nomination for a Student Academy Award a rare honor for an undergraduate to films being broadcast over Al Jazeera and honored at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Northwestern Qatar students and alumni are telling their stories to the world, said Marwan M. Kraidy, Dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar.
He went on to say that while he expects this year's winners to also receive wide recognition, the work done by Northwestern Qatar students is 'more than the awards and recognition they may receive. It is also a signal a signal to the world of the immense talent, imagination, and intelligence that is present here … in our students at Northwestern University in Qatar.
Due to the global pandemic, last year's awards ceremony was postponed, and the winners were announced along with this year's winners. There were nearly 100 submissions in three main categories — Written Word, Moving Image, and Co-curricular Projects — from the last two academic years.
At the ceremony announcing the winners, the president of NU-Q's Student Union, Hamad Alfayhani, complimented the students on the work they produced during a global pandemic. 'In times when our ability to create has been constrained by circumstances outside our control, we found the resilience within our community to push forward and accomplish our joint vision, he said. 'This year forced us all into a continuous period of self-reflection having those moments is what we all needed to find our way back to doing what we truly love to do.
Shortlisted projects for this year's awards were submitted and evaluated by a panel of judges, which included Northwestern Qatar faculty and industry experts from leading media organizations, including Al Jazeera, Doha Film Institute, Ginger Camel, The Film House, I Love Qatar, Gulf Times, Memac Ogilvy, Al Kass Sports channels.
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