Open Mic Grand Jury Spotlight: Rania Adam Awada

New York Festivals Grand Jury are some of the best and brightest in the radio industry and the brilliant creative minds who judge the 2019 NYF Radio Awards. These award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are all actively involved in creating today’s innovative radio content.

Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with NYF’s respected Grand Jury members and each NYF Spotlight interview shares the insights of these esteemed content creators from the wonderful world of radio.

This week we shine the spotlight on New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury member, Rania Adam Awada, Radio Journalist/Broadcaster for Radio Sawa. She started off in the radio industry as as an intern. Rainia advanced in her career and then moved on to Dubai where she took on a leadership role as news room deputy director. In 2008 Rania moved to the United States to work with Radio Sawa.

Rania earned a Gold Trophy in June 2017 at the New York Festivals Radio Gala for her program “Syrian Woman Resists ISIS” which told the story of women in Deir Ezzor who stood up to ISIS and fought for the children after their city was invaded.

The Gold trophy-winning report “Syrian Women Resist ISIS” was named the best Information/Documentary report in the category honoring heroes.

New York Festivals: What qualities are most important in award-winning work?

Rania Adam Awada: Every ambitious radio journalist’s dream is to achieve an award. But to be an award -winner, there are variety of characteristic must be taken in consideration. 1st of all, the angle of the story which should attract the listener from the beginning , then the strong impression should the  voice of the story teller reflects. In addition to technical issues to enrich the report with sound bites, VOXPOPS, sound effect or any other relevant source.

New York Festivals: How does your experience within the industry help you throughout the judging process?

Rania Adam Awada: Words have power”..a quote I read once and guided me in my journalistic endeavors. When I started this career, I wasn’t allowed to read news package or even the feature  story I did. This was a big challenge to work harder on my voice and journalistic skills to make progress in my career, from  junior journalist to deputy director and Gold award winner.

New York Festivals:What advice do you have for young people just beginning a career in the industry?

Rania Adam Awada: Each journalist must build her/his own radio personality. I always say “Journalists are like doctors”, have to read a lot, do Training courses from time to time. These are important tools that helps committed journalists to develop good news judgment , be reasonable and objective. Accuracy is another important tool, and the most important key to a successful journalist is to be fair and unbiased. Finally, keep ethics in the practice of Journalism.

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