August 2017: M-Passioned Member Omar Munaf

What do you do?
I am a university professor in the media department of Cihan University as well as a filmmaker, journalist, scriptwriter, actor, and poet. My experience spans over 15 years. I have master degree in mass communication and journalism from India, and completed B.A in media, worked as an actor in many TV series and I do reports for BBC Arabic channel (I Witness). As a citizen journalist, I have many certificates in the field of media and I have a number of scientific researches published in international journals, and participated in many international conferences, and I also write many articles within my specialist area, and I am interested in everything related to or close to my specialist area in addition to other arts as acting, directing, music, etc.

Tell me about your latest work or project in media literacy.
In fact I am newly interested in media literacy and I think I have a lot of ideas and suggestions that serve this aspect because it is within my media specialist area. My last project in media literacy was a paper entitled (Suggestions steps to development social media literacy in the education scope). This paper was submitted to the National Association for Media Literacy Education in June 2017, and I have the motivation to continue to provide and support NAMLE and the community with many project papers and new ideas.

Why is media literacy important to you?
With the tremendous development in the media at present, especially the new media and the emergence of social media and electronic development, we see people, especially  students, receiving information through all these means very easily. Information is available in dozens of written, auditory and visual formats, including reading and writing in the media. It is very necessary to be able to understand the media message provided to them from different media. The use of modern technology in the media and education are two paths that go together towards raising awareness and creating a new generation that are more powerful and interactive. Dealing with media and technology without the knowledge or study is very difficult so you should continue to study this issue because education is the foundation of any society and a key element in the development of society and people.

What are you most excited about in the media literacy field?
Through the use of technology and media in the field of education, we now see that media has become a bridge between the student and the teacher and the community. In order to increase this, it is necessary to increase learning and develop medium-term and long-term plans and strategies and link the education sector with the media sector as well as other related sectors in order to increase cooperation and interaction between teachers and students through the use of media in education in more comprehensive and developed ways.

Why did you become a NAMLE member, what benefits do you see to membership, and how will it support your work?
I have joined NAMLE through the Internet. I was attracted to their website as their interests, especially as they relate media and education, are close to my specialist area and my work at my university. As I mentioned earlier, I have the ability to provide service through ideas, research, and information. I would also like to develop myself as a specialist and be familiar with all aspects of my media specialist area. Finally, I am very happy to be part of the NAMLE team and its many members, especially the journalists.

Omar Munaf






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