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Moving on from news

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  April 5, 2015

Before she heads on to the next stage of her training programme in the sports department, Maryam Al Shamsi reflects on what she learnt in her three months covering UAE news.


Feeling the pressure of El Clasico

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  March 24, 2015

Our trainee reporter Maryam Al Shamsi gets caught up in the tension of the Real Madrid - Barcelona championship decider in the Spanish football league.


A welcome return for my favourite footballer

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  March 18, 2015

Trainee reporter Maryam Al Shamsi, a proud Real Madrid fan, was cheered to see the return of her favourite player to action last week after an injury lay-off.


The hazards of the Holi Festival in Dubai

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  March 11, 2015

Our trainee reporter Maryam Al Shamsi's attempts to add a touch of colour to her weekends ended in disaster.


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


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


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


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


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


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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