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Jad Melki

Director of IMRT

Jad Melki, Ph.D., is associate professor of the journalism and media studies and chairperson of the Department of Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the director of the Institute of Media Research and Training. He is also a visiting faculty at the Salzburg Academy and an affiliated researcher at the International Center on Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is at the intersection of digital media literacy, media and war, and gender studies, and focuses on Arab media and journalism education. As a former broadcast and digital journalist, Melki was part of the team that won a Webby Award and a National Press Club Award for covering the 2006 Lebanon-Israel war. In 2015, he won the UNESCO-UNAoC International Media and Information Literacy Award for advancing media literacy education in the Arab region through founding the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (MDLAB), which he chairs. Melki received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Claudia Kozman

Research Director

Holds a PhD in Mass Communication from The Media School, Indiana University, USA, with concentrations on methodology and sport communication. Her research primarily focuses on news content, with particular interest in news values, sourcing, and intermedia issue transfer. As a former journalist, she worked in print, broadcast, and digital media for more than 13 years. In addition to being a reporter, editor, and anchor, she was a magazine copy editor, story editor of two reality shows, and the press secretary of the president of the Asian Football Confederation in Malaysia.

Sarah Mallat

Program Coordinator, Media/Gender

Sarah Mallat, M.A., is an instructor of media studies and affiliated researcher at the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut. As an educator, she specializes in digital and media literacy, with particular interest in gendered stereotypes in Arab media, media and body image, and media's effects on children. She is currently working on ongoing research focusing on sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination of female journalists in Lebanon, as well as more nuanced aspects of gendered newsroom culture in the country. Sarah holds an MA in Sociology and a BA in Sociology-Anthropology, both from the American University of Beirut.

Samer Beyhum

Program Coordinator, 99%Media Lebanon

Lebanese-Canadian award winning filmmaker, LAU alumnus and Co-founder of 99media.org. With over 20 years of experience in all aspects of production and post production, on a technical and creative level, Samer joined LAU Communication arts staff as a TV/Film studio technician because of his hope he has for the generations yet to come.

Annie Tabakian

Communication Coordinator

Annie has a BA in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University (LAU) and an MA in Film and Video Studies from Université Saint-Esprit De Kaslik (USEK). Technology devotee, internet nut, cinephile, Beatles-fan, service-oriented, loves editing, social media freak, chocoholic, persistent and always busy.

Lubna Maaliki

Program Coordinator, Media/Digital Literacy

Lubna received her MA degree from the University of Manchester and is working as the director of MDLAB.

Hussein Kassab

Trainer and Research Assistant

Hussein is a research assistant and digital media trainer at IMRT. Previously, he was a research assistant at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and special needs instructor at American University of Science and Technology (AUST). He aspires to use data journalism and data science for community empowerment and advocacy @Dataurora.