Tuesday, 05 December 2017 10:03

Nicole Tohme, a journalist for Al-Nahar, tells her story, where her start was with her baccalaureate degree from the Beirut National School. Before, “I was in a private school for the blind, but since middle school, I moved to a regular school."

"During high school, I wanted to specialize in music, and I did not have journalism in mind, but I hit a big wall with my vision problems, which prevented me from getting a degree in music like other students because there are many theoretical subjects that I will not be able to study. Complaining that, "There were no qualified teachers to teach the musical notes in Braille language in Lebanon, which led me to abandon the thought.”

"At the time, I felt the need for someone or a side to talk about my suffering and raise my voice," she said. "I wanted to reach out, and that made me want to specialize in journalism and make my voice heard."


"I did not think of what obstacles I could face in the first place," she said. "Journalism was for me an adventure that I wanted to go through," said Tohme. So I went to NDU (Notre Dame University) in Louiezeh, and I was the first person who wanted to specialize in journalism with a special case and vision problems.

Monday, 20 March 2017 09:59

“Since I were a little boy, I had always dreamt of becoming an audio engineer, but I discovered that this specialty is not taught in Lebanon as a separate specialty in itself."  The closest specialty was the audio-visual media, but I did not study it because I cannot study directing, and I would also refuse to travel and leave Lebanon,” said Nasser Ballout, a correspondent for Al-Jadeed TV, in an interview to the “Diversity Guide" magazine.

“Then I wanted to study political science, but my friends advised me, saying that I were more worthy of the media, especially since I loved writing and published articles in several newspapers more than once,"  pointing out to, “the fact that he had been undergoing the first education inclusive experience among blind people since the age of three. That was a subject highlighted by the media in all its means of visual, audio, and written. As a result, I had many interviews to talk about my experience, which made me familiar with the media and the ways of dealing with it.”

Ballout explains that, “I administered an entrance examination to the Faculty of Journalism at the Lebanese University, where I have been troubled by a multiple factors most notably the fact that the college building in the UNESCO area was not accessible; and the “Wasta” was publically visible, as well as the presence of the political parties in the college’s yard, assisting their affiliates in filling out applications for the exam”. He indicated that had he been a news reporter for new TV back then as he is now; I would have filmed a reportage, as for everything happening there could be a scoop. 

Monday, 20 March 2017 09:57

Sami Jalloul, an Interviewer at Sawt Libnan and a journalist at Al-Mayadeen TV, started his school life challenging all difficulties, as he said in his "Diversity Guide" magazine, at the Lebanese School of the Blind in Baabda, a boarding school. The school’s administration decided that I was able to complete my education in a regular school where the inclusion could be achieved, so it was, the Public Secondary school in Ashrafieh. "

 "When I graduated from high school in 1997, I was as puzzled as any other youngster at the door to choosing a university major," says Jalloul. "After that I decided to specialize in history."

 He points out that, "I kept on looking for a job for two years, I was thinking about teaching and still do, but now my ambition is to teach in universities."

 "After that, I worked in the field of radio programs and joined the Al-Basayer radio station of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council. At the same time, I worked in the governmental hospital as an operator," he said, pointing out, "I worked in both places for a long time."

 After a while, Jalloul learned that the Civil Service Council was requesting broadcasters/interviewers for the Lebanese Radio (Sawt Libnan), and "here were I had problems, what I mean by problems is problems in the form of clarifications, inquiries and questions like: Can you really do this work?"

He adds, “I submitted the written exam using the computer with the remaining candidates in the same room, and were subjected to the same monitoring, and succeeded."

 "For me, the radio was a dream because I loved it a lot since my childhood, where I would participate in school activities related to theater and radio," he adds joyfully.