AMERICAN FREELANCE JOURNALIST, EDITOR AND CONTENT SPECIALIST BASED IN DUBAI.
She comes with over 13 years extensive editorial and public relations experience. She specializes in financial news, business and technology writing and has worked and written for a variety of reputable publications and organizations such as Forbes, the Epoch Times, Dubai Eye Radio, Souqalmal.com, Argaam, CPI Media Group, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the UAE Ministry of Economy and Dubai Future Foundation.
Over the last six years, Joumana has built her experience as a bilingual MC, presenter, moderator and media personality. She has hosted a wide variety of programmes, corporate events, seminars, awards ceremonies and celebrity appearance, in addition to live on-air producing and presenting for Forbes’ video network, The Business Breakfast and The Agenda.
She has had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing famous personalities such as Former US President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, George Soros, American economist Nouriel Roubini, the late investor Jack Bogle, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, and American political activist Ralph Nader, Christiane Amanpour, among many others.
A native English speaker, Joumana is also fluent in Arabic and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. She is available for editorial assignments, marketing projects, press releases, corporate reports, speechwriting, proofreading, copywriting/copyediting, content development, MC/presenting, moderating, media training and other related services.
Other than English, Arabic (fluency in reading, writing, and speaking), Spanish (fluency in reading, writing and speaking).
- on-air reporting/anchoring, producing, blogging (WordPress)
- video editing (Final cut/non-linear)
- camera operation
- logging and transcribing video
- voicing track
- lighting and conducting interviews
- booking guests
- copywriting (broadcast and print)
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(Full time freelance) (March 2013 to present)
Research and develop relevant news stories for broadcast. On the news presenting shift, I will dictate what content goes into each bulletin, and then read, record and package for on-air covering all English language stations (Dubai Eye 103.8, Dubai 92 and Virgin 104.4. On the reporting end, I am responsible for staying on top of the top stories of the day and expanded on them with interviews and features for. In addition, I cover local events, do live reporting and produce special reports for Dubai Eye’s main programmes such as Business Breakfast and Drive Live.
Periodically write feature articles for the magazine which include original interviews with executives from some of the most established brands in the UAE.
(March 2012 to March 2013) Dubai,UAE
Organizing and writing original articles and features for this monthly business publication. I was also responsible for updating and maintaining the publication’s website as well as social media channels, as well as blogging on timely topics.
In addition, a big part of my role was assisting in organizing and planning corporate events related to the magazine from concept to logistics, to recruiting of speakers, special guests and high-profile attendees. Under the SME Advisor brand, I have helped organize workshops, seminars, conferences and also an awards ceremony.
(April 2009-August 2010) New York, NY, USA
Overseeing and managing Forbes’ video network on a daily basis, assigning stories to multimedia reporters and producers, editing copy for Forbes.com stories, market updates, blog posts in addition to videos. Working with web and magazine reporters by researching, reporting, and producing multimedia stories and special reports . Acting as a liaison with the advertising team on all video related projects. Frequent on-air reporting, producing and video editing (Final Cut). Also responsible for helping with overall traffic strategy for the publication’s Video Network.
(June 2007-March 2009) New York, NY, USA
Managing a variety of tasks including, booking high-profile guests, analysts, economists and CEOs, producing video for special reports via Forbes magazine for Forbes.com, writing anchor copy for market updates, studio interviews, video packages and weekly Forbes.com programs. Field produced and reported on a number of major events including Detroit Auto Show 2008, New York Fashion Week, Toy Fair 2008 and other feature stories. Took over duties of Senior Editor of the Forbes Video Network and managed/supervised all production in her absence. In my role as producer, I was in charge of helping Forbes.com and Forbes magazine writers produce their content into web video.