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Orayb Najjar

Orayb Najjar

Sector : Media , Journalists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : United States
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1947
  • Age : 69
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Born in Jerusalem, in 1947; went to school in the West Bank; taught at Birzeit University in the early 1980s; received a BA in English Literature from the AUB in 1968; worked with Jordan Television in Amman, first as Video/Film Director for the Nightly News (1968-70), then as Script-writer/Director for the Children’s Programs (1970-75); also served as UNICEF Consultant to the Children’s Dept. of Abu-Dhabi TV in the UAE for six months in 1974-75; continued her studies in the US and gained an MSc in Telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1977; returned to the West Bank and became a Lecturer from 1983-1986; also worked as part-time editor and photographer at Birzeit’s PR office from 1982-86 and as part-time Assistant to the Vice-Pres. from 1984-85; took up a position as Assistant Instructor at Indiana University during 1986-87; then was Instructor at the East Carolina University from 1988-91; since 1991, Associate Professor of Journalism at the Dept. of Communication, Northern Illinois University, US; serves as Judge for the newspaper photography contest for members of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association since 1991; studied at the same time towards her PhD which she earned from the School of Journalism at Indiana University in 1992; has been guest or visiting lecturer at New York University, Harvard University, Hamilton College (New York), University of Hawaii and the University of California (Los Angeles); received a Fulbright Scholar Award for research in the West Bank during the 1999-2000 academic year; also serves on the University Press Board of Northern Illinois University since 2003; is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Columbia, the Washington-based International Communication Association, and an Associate of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press; has exhibited her own photographs on different occasion; has authored numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to media and women, as well as co-published (with Kitty Warnock) Portraits of Palestinian Women (University of Utah Press, 1992).



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