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Comm and Journalism

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11:00 am
Online via WEBEX

The Department of Communication Arts will organize a public presentation and peer review for the capstones of the students enrolled in the Communication and Multimedia Journalism programs for Spring 2020 on Monday, May 18 online via WEBEX.


11:00-11:30am: Dima Dib and Yara Issa - Mediapolis: Authentic, Exclusive, Interactive News for You

11:30am-12:00pm: Rawad Taha - A Story About How COVID-19 Changed the Media Industry

12:00pm-12:30pm: Mira Majed - The Roots of Agriculture in the Time of Corona

12:30pm-1:00pmL May Daouk - Palestinian Refugees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Meeting Details

Webex: https://meetingsamer7.webex.com/meetingsamer7/j.php?MTID=mec562a9f35ebcba97243291f127f6d33

Meeting Password: hzU5SiqSZ59

Meeting Number: 621 746 382

Capstone Abstracts

Mediapolis: Authentic, Exclusive, Interactive News for You

By Dima Dib and Yara Issa

This campaign consists of creating a political mobile application “MediaPolis” for the Lebanese community. The purpose of this campaign is to deliver the opportunity of presenting completely factual news through the accumulation of all articles and media. The selection of reasonably objective statements, quotes, images, and speeches are highlighted into a search engine where an individual is able to read and understand news that is not manipulated through personal biases. This mission will be done through the qualitative research method, by gathering volunteer group members that could partake in this social activity. This is also going to be done through the aspect of guerrilla advertising; subjects will interact with another and present their information voluntarily. We will be campaigning the application through social media platforms by creating accounts for it. The application “ Mediapolis” will also act as a news source for the Lebanese community. The research went about by sending online surveys to one 750 Lebanese asking them about their point of views on Lebanese political news. A focus group was also conducted with 4 people from the same age group, the group had people who are interested in news and the others are not.  The results of the survey showed that more than 70.1% of the participants do not trust Lebanese political news and find them biased. Conclusively, after receiving both primary and secondary information, the campaign was then based on the findings. We alternated every step to fit our public’s needs based on the information we obtained.


A Story About How COVID-19 Changed the Media Industry

By Rawad Taha

This multimedia in-depth feature tackles the effect of COVID-19 on the media industry. It reveals how journalists across the world and in Lebanon have achieved the continuity of workflow despite the lockdowns imposed and the health restrictions. The feature also examines multiple methods in which companies and individuals reacted such as reaching out to work from home strategies, the use of citizen journalism and mobile journalism, along with widespread use of webinars. The feature contains multiple qualitative interviews, a local questionnaire on working from home in Lebanon, as well as in-depth research from across the world.


The Roots of Agriculture in the Time of Corona

By Mira Majed

This project is a documentary on the subject of agriculture in the time of the cornavirus. In this documentary, I will be discussing the economic situation in Lebanon, the living conditions of citizens during in the time of coronavirus, the increase in the prices of the food and primary consumer goods, how agriculture in the south comes as first activity that people performs during the home quarantine. Moreover, I will be explaining the effect of the virus on people's psychological and living health, and the alternatives that citizens have adopted from activities to entertain themselves. In addition to that, there will be a detailed explanation of the importance of the agricultural sector, its importance during the period of the home quarantine, the reasons that led people to plant during the days of the coronavirus, stories about people who started planting during the period of lockdown, explanation about the interaction of municipalities in the south and their encouragement of agriculture. And last but not least, some technical guidance for people who are beginners in agriculture to increase their crops and its productivity.


Palestinian Refugees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By May Daouk

This multimedia story is about the impact of COVID-19 on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. The coronavirus has been taking a toll on all of the countries. However, some are being affected more than others. A third world country is not capable of taking care of its own citizens and doesn't have a contingency plan in case of an emergency. If the citizen’s themselves don’t have a choice, what about refugees?


Academic Supervision: Rana Aladdin


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