Renowned journalist joins NU-Q faculty


Marda Dunsky, print and academic journalist, joined the Faculty of Journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) as Assistant Professor in Residence. Dunsky is the author of Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience and Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, NU-Q said in a press release.

“Professor Dunsky’s experience as a journalist and scholar will provide our students with the academic and practical skills that will lead to successful careers in journalism,” said Marwan M. Kraidy, Dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar. “As the author of two books on the Middle East, Dunsky will enrich our academic offerings on the region while strengthening the role of northwest Qatar in the production of research on southern countries. ”

In northwest Qatar, Dunsky will teach journalism and media storytelling courses and a seminar on narrative and journalistic empathy as part of the Journalism and Strategic Communications program.

Upon joining the school, Dunsky emphasized the importance of Northwest Qatar and its journalism curriculum in preparing a new generation of media leaders who will be able to lead in an industry that continues to evolve. In the region. “Students in Northwest Qatar bring a rich range of global experiences and perspectives to our learning environment. Using my experiences as a working journalist and teacher, I hope to not only be able to guide students in developing and refining the skills they use to produce good journalism, but also to encourage them to broaden and deepen their intellectual approaches on how journalists can do this. good in the world, ”she said.

His most recent book, Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience, focuses on the productive and creative activities of Palestinians living in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Dunsky interviewed women and men from towns, villages and refugee camps who are farmers, scientists, writers, cultural innovators, educators and entrepreneurs. Their stories highlight Palestinian ingenuity in navigating agriculture, education and cultural activities in the West Bank, living in Jerusalem as a minority in the city and facing the challenges and uncertainties of life in Gaza. Based on personal interviews, the accounts weave quantitative data and historical context from a range of primary and secondary sources that contextualize Palestinian life under occupation.

Prior to her college career, Dunsky worked as an editor and reporter for several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Jerusalem Post. During her 15 years of faculty service at Northwestern’s Medill School, she taught courses in print editing, reporting, global journalism and a seminar of her design on media coverage of Arab worlds. and Muslim in the immediate aftermath of September 11. . With a Medill grant from the US State Department, Dunsky also taught writing and editing workshops for Pakistani media professionals at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi.

His previous book Pens and Swords analyzes American reporting from 2000 to 2004 on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting its contextuality regarding American politics, the rights of Palestinian refugees and the impacts of the Israeli colonization policy.

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