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The highs of meeting the WWE superstars

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  February 16, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to meet celebrities? Have you been curious what they are like in real-life? Are they the same as how they portray themselves on the television?Some people say they are only humans just like us. In my experience, I concur with this.Another friend of mine had a different... Read more

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Broadening my horizons in the newsroom

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  February 8, 2015

This week, I forced myself to be more outgoing in the newsroom, engaging more with my colleagues and asking more questions.So, I decided to do something new, which was to try an album review –The Pale Emperor, by Marilyn Manson. Although it had been reviewed before in the paper, our music editor, Saeed Saeed... Read more

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Two months and counting

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  February 8, 2015

Yes, I have reached the two-month mark at The National. What have I learned so far? Let me see: pitching stories, conducting interviews, writing stories, writing briefs and much more. There were struggles with putting some stories together, and some took more time than I expected. But again, once I see my name in... Read more

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Opening my mind to all kinds of journalism

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  February 1, 2015

Throughout my life, I have always been keen about what goes on around me in the world. Even though I eventually want to specialise in sports journalism, especially football, I am still keen to keep an open mind.With this in mind, I decided to attend a talk by Jim Schaefer an investigative editor for the Detroit Free... Read more

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Feeling like a super journalist

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  February 1, 2015

It seems like I have searched for my name a million times already at The Naional’s website. So far, I am super happy with what I see. I feel like a super journalist.I am more confident now, and coming up with new story ideas is no longer an issue. Some comes to life easily. Others just wait there for me to... Read more

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Mult-tasking my way through the week

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  January 25, 2015

I pushed myself this week to finding new ways to open closed doors.A man I needed to interview refused my request, so I was forced to think outside the box. If he does not want to be interviewed, I thought, why not go and convince him?That is how I started my week.Last Sunday, I went to his office and showed up... Read more

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A labyrinth of learning

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  January 25, 2015

Finally, I moved into my new apartment in Abu Dhabi.It has been a very long process indeed, and finally here I am. At times thought the whole process has felt like a labyrinth.Speaking of labyrinth, I can relate to the quote from the fantasy film of that name: “Because it is in pain that we find the... Read more

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Learning to be sceptical

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  January 15, 2015

On her second week at The National, our Emirati trainee describes the lessons she has learnt.

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Multi-tasking is an important part of reporting

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  January 15, 2015

This week started with a story idea that involved activity and driving to the middle of the desert.For a while, I forgot that I am 31 weeks pregnant and went ahead with my first desert adventure. The moment I arrived at the bumpy roads, it hit me.I realised that I am not in good shape for covering this story. I... Read more

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An overwhelming first week at The National

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  January 8, 2015

Maryam Al Shamsi talks us through her first week as a reporter at The National.

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