The media research papers published by the Department’s professor to serve the goals of Qatar University (QU) which substantially contributes to the development of the State of Qatar, in addition to being consistent with most of the University’s research priorities, along with other National research priorities in the State. The research activities of the Department’s professors, as one of the outputs of QU, constitute a pillar that supports Qatar’s vision for the transition to a knowledge economy in all fields, including the media. Dr. Kamal Hamidou, Head of the Department of Mass Communication at QU asserts that the research topics addressed by the faculty members in the Department are important, as they “respond to the demand for understanding the changes that the media have imposed on the social and cultural systems all over the world.” Dr. Hamidou adds, “with the emergence of societies of the modern era with its rebellious intellectual, social and cultural characteristics that made it distinct from the societies of the previous era, and with the overwhelming of the phenomenon of urbanization and the concomitant predominance of reason and individualism, and the decay of traditional social relations as two manifestations of the era of modernity and beyond; the world realized the importance of media and communication research in the process of social control in its normative and functional dimensions.”
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Dr. Hamidou says, media and communication research continues to discover and formulate the scientific foundations on which the efficiency of the communication and media process is based, especially in the processes of influence, persuasion and communication. Moreover, as this research reached its peak during the decades that followed the Second World War, it is witnessing other developments that are accelerating in their content and trends, due to the overwhelming technological dimension, which is imposing media and communication media at the expense of others. Moreover, it is now imposing an updated formulation of the contents and uses, as well as for their levels and aspects of influence.”
On the increasing importance of such research, Dr. Hamidou says, “It stems from the fact that the media and communication work has become a central link in all societies, whose roles intersect with political and economic action on the one hand, and with cultural action, social action, and then scientific action on the other. “. From this standpoint, Dr. Hamidou added, professors of the Department of Mass Communication, like their fellow researchers and academics in various universities around the world, are interested in keeping abreast of developments in the methodological approaches adopted in the field of media and communication. In addition, to enrich the modern theoretical and conceptual frameworks generated by virtue of the creation of new media that imposed new contents and methods in Influencing, persuasion and communication, they as specialists had to study it to understand its work mechanisms.
Dr. Hamidou confirms that the professors of the Department of Mass Communication at QU are always keen to address research topics that touch on current issues, the last of which was the interest of some of them in preparing research on media dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic, of which a research was published a few months after its spread. Dr. Hamidou added that many of the Department’s professors are interested in issues that stand as a priority for the State of Qatar including issues of media and identity, media and cultural and social change, new media, whether from the perspective of their effects or from the perspective of uses and gratifications employed by the so-called digital generation. Dr. Hamidou noted the interest of Department researchers in studying development of media practices, along with the ethical and legal problems they impose, which were discussed by the Department at an international conference organized at Qatar University in February 2020.
In addition to the aforementioned topics, Dr. Hamidou said, “Some of the Department’s professors are also interested in how the media addressed the issue of the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar. Others are also interested in the role of the media in popular diplomacy and soft influence at the international level. The Department of Mass communication is proud that many of its professors have obtained research grants from the Qatar National Research Fund or other bodies for research proposals that addressed some of the central concerns that we mentioned above.
Among the most prominent researches that dealt with a recent case that touched on the lived reality is a study by Dr. Muhammad Al-Amin Al-Mousa, Associate Professor at the Department of Mass communication at QU, who highlighted in his research the “determinants of news satellite coverage of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the digital era.” The study was completed during the first months of the beginnings of the Covid-19 Pandemic. He focused on how the media deals with global crises in a digital age in which knowledge flows at an unprecedented rate in the world.
Dr. Al-Sadiq Rabeh, a professor at the Department of Mass Communication, published a paper titled “Rationalizing the Ethical Practices of Youth in Digital Spaces”. His study investigated the problematic of ethical practices presented by digital spaces and their relationship with youth. Its vision is that the key concepts and issues in these interactive spaces lie in identity, privacy, credibility and participation. It aims to clarify the methods and mechanisms that youth adopt in redefining these concepts and issues, and in formulating their contents through practice.
In a group book entitled “Press outside the Internet and Corruption,” Dr. Basyouni Hamada, a professor in the Department, wrote about the problem of journalism and its relationship to the phenomenon of reducing corruption in societies. The book discusses a variety of journalism and corruption experiences that provide huge findings and analysis. The cases that the book investigates extend from Cuba to Algeria, India, and Saudi Arabia, sub-Saharan Africa, the GCC Countries, the Arab world and Japan.
In another academic study, Dr. Muhammad Al-Fateh Hamdi, Assistant Professor at the Department, published a paper that focused on ways to rationalize ethical practices of youth in digital spaces. The aim of this scientific study was to diagnose the nature of the relationship between academic education in the field of media and communication and media practice. On his side, Dr. Kamal Hamidou, published a study entitled “Controls of Journalism between Deontology and Teleology: A Study of the Determinants of Ethical Standards and their Impact on Journalists’ Professional Behaviors.”
Source: QATAR UNIVERSITY