Muslim Link has been following Lebanese Canadian Batoul Hreiche's journey as a Carleton University journalism student. That journey is now over and she reflects on her time as a CBC TV intern and her plans for the future.
Most girls grew up singing in front of their bathroom mirrors and into their hairbrushes, in hopes of one day becoming famous singers. That childhood routine was somewhat different for me. After I finished brushing and tying my hair, I took up the role of a news anchor – the mirror being the camera. I went over every news event I recalled seeing or hearing about, from the day before, while watching the late-night newscast with my family. I usually included a line similar to this: “And now we have John reporting for us from the scene. John, how are the neighbours reacting?”
Studying Journalism is a new series exploring the experiences of Muslim journalism students in Ottawa as they reflect on how their religious and ethno-cultural identities influence the perspectives they bring to the world of media.
When I first applied to Carleton's journalism program, I received discouraging comments from some relatives and friends. Mainly, three “concerns” stood out in most conversations: I'm Arab, I'm Muslim, and I wear the headscarf. Some people said I would have difficulty rising in the program and later in my career due to these three distinctions. However, now that I'm nearly done my third year in one of Canada's most prestigious programs, I'm proud of the choice I made.