NMC, US Embassy hold workshop on news coverage General September 11, 20120 Abu Dhabi: Ambassador Michael H. Corbin has welcomed participants at the opening of a one-week training workshop for newly-hired journalists for Emirates News Agency (WAM), the UAE’s official news agency. The programme is a collaborative project between the U.S. Embassy and the UAE’s National Media Council. Ambassador Corbin thanked Ibrahim Al Abed, the National Media Council’s Director General, for his leadership in ensuring that new journalists are given a proper foundation as they embark on their new careers. The U.S. Ambassador also stressed that a free and open media is critical to a strong economy. The programme is being led by journalist and professor Magda Abu Fadil, a training expert with years of experience organising seminars and workshops in English, Arabic, and French for professional journalists across the Arab world. This week’s workshop is the first of three that Abu Fadil will conduct in the UAE; it will be followed by a second workshop for new journalists in Dubai and the northern Emirates, as well as a more advanced workshop for reporters later in the year. Topics covered will include basic journalistic practices, the emerging role of social media, and media ethics. Working in cooperation with public and private partners across the UAE, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, along with the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, supports a range of programmes reflecting the depth and breadth of the U.S.-UAE diplomatic relationship.