Megacities

The United Nations report World Urbanization Prospects 2018 describes a megacity as a city of 10 million or more inhabitants.[1] By that definition, the number of megacities will increase from 10 in 1990 to an estimated 43 in 2030 globally, hosting nearly 9 percent of the world’s population.[2] Spanning five continents, megacities present numerous economic, demographic,…

Opportunities and Challenges in the Age of New Media

What new realities do new media platforms present? Robert Rosenthal discusses the great opportunities provided by new platforms. Robert Rosenthal is currently an executive producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting. He joined CIR as executive director in 2008, a position he held until 2017. When Rosenthal joined CIR, it had a staff of seven….

Multimedia Journalism

How do you produce multimedia news stories in different countries? Mayada Ghazala discusses the challenges of producing multimedia stories from countries where journalists are not based. Mayada Ghazala, is a multimedia producer at Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Before joining MBN, she was in Cairo covering the Egyptian revolution from a social media perspective at a…

Media and Information Literacy

Why is media and information literacy important? Bayan Tal discusses the media and information literacy program at the Jordan Media Institute. Bayan Tal is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Crown Prince Foundation and senior adviser at the Jordan Media Institute where she also manages the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Program…

International Collaboration Among Journalists

What are the common needs of journalists in different countries? Fatima Bahja, who has worked with journalists in many countries discusses success stories of cross-border collaboration. Fatima Bahja is research & proposal coordinator of New Initiatives at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). In this role, she is responsible for writing and preparing proposals, tracking…

Trust in Media

What are the essential elements of trust in the media? Claudia Kozman discusses the challenges of preserving trust in the media and why trust is necessary. Claudia Kozman is an assistant professor of multimedia journalism in the Department of Communication Arts, and is the research director of the Institute of Media Research and Training at…

Economic Diversification in the GCC

In all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries[1], the bulk of government revenues comes from hydrocarbons. Despite the recent rise in the price of oil, some countries in the GCC face a harsh economic outlook due to unemployment, high debt levels, and strained financial markets. In addition to the socioeconomic challenges, GCC countries are likely…

Urban Ecology in Arid Cities

Do cities in arid regions require a different development mindset? How can these cities think differently about their ecology? Huda Shaka discusses how some cities in these regions can think differently. Huda Shaka is an experienced sustainability and urban planning consultant, based in Dubai.  She advises on large-scale master planning and infrastructure projects as well…

Energy-efficient Systems for Smart Cities

Raed B’kayrat how energy planning and management systems can be developed in smart cities. He further outlines the role renewable energy sources can play in a smart city’s future. Raed B’kayrat is currently the managing director for the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) in Dubai. He is also a senior advisor at the Alternative Energy…