Features has taught me so much

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  December 16, 2015

Looking back over the last two months in the features department has taught me lots of things, it is not just the work that has to be done, it is how I do my work, how I get my stories out, how I write it to send the right message. I am thanking myself for trying this department, not because it is a slower pace on... Read more

It’s hectic trying to meet deadlines

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  November 24, 2015

I have been sick quite a lot lately, so I haven’t produced as many stories as I should have. Even so, I did get two of my previously written stories published — one in the Emirates Life section of the Weekend lift-out about an Emirati who is using Periscope to share the UAE with others, and another about ... Read more

Finding a worthy story is hard

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  October 28, 2015

Finding a cover story has been my focus most recently and during this process I have found that looking for interesting people with worthy stories is not an easy task.I have realised that journalists have their ways of finding stories, it’s all in the research and the approach.I managed to get a hold of Emirati ... Read more

Getting a hold of people to interview is tough

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  September 15, 2015

It’s my third week in features and the problem I have faced this past week has been getting hold of people. It is another challenge and struggle of being a journalist. It was a pressure week in the office, but despite this I was actively coming up with ideas to write stories about. My ideas rushed into my head... Read more

I like this features gig, and am learning a lot

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  September 6, 2015

This is my second week in features and I am pleased to say things are getting easier, I’m now used to the flow of the department and happy with the attention I’m getting.My colleagues are encouraging me to put in the time and develop my ideas, especially my mentor Mel, who has been helping me with my... Read more

Back on the news desk

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  September 1, 2015

I am back at the news desk ... and haven’t seen a moment’s rest since day one of me being here. On my first day, I reported on the rise of fuel prices. I had to find a family who had to change their lifestyle because of the fuel hike. I was on a tight deadline so I called my friends to see if anyone had... Read more

A new start: moving from sport to features

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  August 31, 2015

I started back at work this past week after a break - for the next three months I will be working in the features department, which is totally different to the news and sports departments I have already worked in at The National so far. After returning from vacation I was refreshed and ready for my new department. My ... Read more

Saying goodbye to life on sport

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  July 27, 2015

Maryam Al Shamsi discusses her past three months on sport as she prepares for her move to the Features section.

My adventurous trip to the middle of nowhere

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  July 26, 2015

I had the scare of my life last week. I had to interview someone at a factory somewhere near Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi. I was told that the factory was just 15 minutes away from the shopping centre. I drove to the mall at the predetermined time, waiting for the interviewee’s assistant to arrive and lead the way.... Read more

A week of celebrations

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  July 23, 2015

Ramadan went smoothly, Alhamdullillah, and the Eid holiday was great. It was wonderful to be surrounded by my loved ones during that time. I was very glad to be home in Al Ain for more than just a weekend. I got the chance to look after my house, and give it a refreshing make-over for Eid. I had bought four new... Read more

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