Last week, students taking the Arabic Art of Nonfiction course presented their projects about investigative journalism after studying the subject in class. For their projects, the students conducted their own journalistic investigations into different issues related to life at King’s, tackling topics such as the psychological effect of the Green Zone “bubble”, how lack of sleep affects academic achievement, policy changes at the Learning Center, and cleanliness in the dorms.
In the course of their investigations, students interviewed people including other students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as experts in various fields, to shed light on the issues they were examining. They uncovered opposing and sometimes surprising viewpoints, and learned that there are always two sides to every story. Through the projects, students learned that tools such as research, communication, investigation and inquiry are essential for uncovering the truth and fact-based reporting.
“We wanted to select subjects that were relevant to the students’ lives and study them from every angle,” explains Head of Arabic Dr. Mohammad Al-Ashkar. “The class learned that investigative journalism needs a lot of skills, like research and interviewing techniques. Developing these skills builds character and bolsters confidence, you have to put yourself out there to get your story.”