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Winners of media students competition honoured

Mohammad honours winners of a media student competition on the topic of fake news at the Emirati Media Forum

Staff Report
17:55 November 6, 2017

Dubai - Winners of the Media Students Research Competition organised by the Dubai Press Club (DPC) as part of the 4th edition of the Emirati Media Forum (EMF) were honoured by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The award ceremony took place today on the sidelines of the EMF in the presence of prominent Emirati media personalities, chief editors, and students.

The competition, which focused on the theme of ‘fake news’, attracted 58 entries from 10 institutions, which included individual and group submissions. Three students of Mohammad Bin Rashid School for Communication won the first place for their research on how to prevent the spread of fake news.

Nouf Humaid from College of Mass Communication and Humanities, Ajman University, was named the first runner-up for her field study ‘Reasons Behind the Spread of Fake News and Ways to Stop it’ which focused on rumours in the Arab world and people’s response to them. Her survey of 87 people of different Arab nationalities concluded that television channels are the most credible news source, followed by newspapers.

A team from UAE University was named the second runner-up for its research work titled ‘Combating Digital Illiteracy and Digital Naivety’. The research threw light on people’s tendency to believe everything appearing in social media.

Mona Ghanem Al Merri, President of Dubai Press Club, said the recognition of the winners by Shaikh Mohammad reflects the keenness of the leadership to encourage talent. “DPC is constantly striving to implement the directives of the leadership to help identify, recognise and foster young talent and facilitate their interaction with local and international media. We always seek to ensure that programmes focused on the youth are a very substantial part of DPC’s initiatives and projects. Through this competition, we wanted to learn how the new generation deals with the challenges facing media,” she said.

The Media Students Research Competition was launched by DPC with the aim of discovering outstanding talent, and preparing the new generation of media professionals to research and analyse the media landscape.