Under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, the Sharjah Press Club (SPC), a subsidiary of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), held its first brainstorming session for its 2018 – 2019 initiatives. The session’s aim was to come up with innovative projects, events, and services that serve the press and media sectors in Sharjah. The session held in Al Durrah Hall in the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, featured a group of specialists in press and media from government, media, academic, and private entities.
The brainstorming session started with a statement from HE Tariq Allay, Director of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, as he thanked those interested in enriching the future plans of SPC’s projects and initiatives. He also confirmed that the ideas presented in the session would be considered by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau himself, as he addressed the necessity of documenting the discussions and contributions concluded from the session in order to place them within a framework and utilise them in mapping out SPC’s future programmes and initiatives.
Asma Al Juwaied, Manager of the Sharjah Press Club, confirmed that social involvement starts from the initial idea, followed by the plan, and finally the implementation. Al Juwaied also noted that “the ideas and initiatives were diverse in topics, which will strengthen our efforts in the next stage as we elevate the status of the Sharjah Press Club as a platform that supports knowledge and as a source of pride for all those interested in the professions of press and media”.
During the session, attendees took part in mental exercises and group competitions that generated ideas in three main fields. The first was conceiving a general vision for their expectations regarding the programmes and services that should be provided by any international and professional press club. Afterwards, they discussed suggested facilities to be provided in Sharjah to assist the missions of press and media professionals. The third field addressed the suggested advantages to be provided by Sharjah Press Club to its members from different sectors.