ADC Announces 2016 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Awards

Inspiring Change Through Action

Washington, D.C. | | September 15, 2016 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) invites you to join us in celebrating the achievements of Arab-Americans as they receive the 2016 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Awards.

The purpose of the annual Jack Shaheen Awards is to honor Arab-American’s who excel in media studies, including journalism, radio, television, and/or film.

Dr. Jack Shaheen will present this year’s awards on the evening of Friday, September 30th, 2016 at ADC’s Annual National Convention in Washington, D.C.

The recipients of the 19th Annual Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Awards are:

  • Nour Coudsi – University of California, Berkeley
  • Ayah Galal – Quinnipiac University
  • Yossera Bouchtia – Columbia University
  • Massarah Mikati – Ohio State University

For additional information about the convention please click here.

Bios of the awardees:

Nour CoudsiNour Coudsi studies Media Studies and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, she moved to California when she lost access to her university due to the Syrian war. The negative rhetoric around refugees used in most media outlets, the many stories that are gone untold, and the lack of deployment of social media to call to action during the ongoing refugee crisis, push her every day to progress in my area of study to be able to implement the right changes. Nour is participating in UC Berkeley’s exchange program at London College of Communication this September where she will study multimedia journalism. At London, she hopes to gain new production skills as well as work with the refugee community in the United Kingdom.” As part of Students Organize for Syria at Berkeley, we have been working on continuing our Books Not Bombs campaign.


Ayah GalalAyah Galal is a junior at Quinnipiac University pursuing a double major in journalism and political science. She is of Egyptian descent and actively involved in her university’s television station and newspaper. Ayah is the President of the Muslim Student Association at her school and is committed to clearing up misconceptions about Muslims and Arabs. Over the summer, she interned with the media at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Ayah hopes to become a political journalist after graduating. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis and traveling.


Yossera BourchtiaYossera Bouchtia “As a Moroccan-American Arab woman, I have been raised within seemingly conflicting worlds: The American world and the Arab/Moroccan world. I would return to my Arab/Moroccan world every night, where the cultural traditions of my family from across the world are preserved, in their own form, in the suburbs of America. My roots in the Arab world, and my loyalty and ties to my American culture, have inspired a continued personal interest in the Middle East and North African region as a whole and my films have sought to remind my community of the collective humanity to which we all equally belong.”


massarah mikatiMassarah Mikati is a fourth-year honors student at The Ohio State University, triple majoring in journalism, Middle East studies and Francophone studies. The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Massarah has been aspiring to be a magazine writer specializing in the Middle East since she was 13, and has since written for Deseret News National, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, 1870 Magazine, and The Lantern. She will be in France for the remainder of 2016 conducting field research for her honors thesis on how the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks impacted the lives and identities of French-Maghreb Muslims.

For additional information about the Convention, please click here.


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