Seminar on Media Leadership
|Left to right: Nabil Dajani, Tarek Ayntrazi,
Edmond Saab, and Ricardo karam
The Future Leaders Seminar, held on March 28, focused on the topic of
media leaders. Its moderator was Ricardo Karam of Future TV, who began
by posing some questions to set the tone of the discussion, one of which
was, "In what ways does the media affect us?"
Edmond Saab, the executive editor of the An-Nahar newspaper, stated that
the ultimate goal of media is to lead and that a leader should have a
vision, a goal. He pointed out some characteristics of a media leader:
editors must know their subject, be trusted, and show diligence, integrity,
Tarek Ayntrazi, the general manager of Future Television, who was also
among the panelists, talked about the intense political game of media
manipulation, in which one has to compromise objectivity to find the truth.
Nabil Dajani, AUB professor of communication, responded that to be human
one cannot be objective and that to be a leader you have to know what
makes you subjective. Trust and enthusiasm are not enough qualities to
possess as a media leader, he said. To be a leader
a person must be accountable to the people.
To answer the question posed by a member of the audience: "Is the
media in Lebanon planning to evolve and deal with hot topics more honestly?"
Dajani replied that the problem in Lebanon is not freedom, as there is
more of that here than in the United States. The problem, he said, is
that real professionalism is lacking.
Saab stressed that the public is the instigator of change, and Ayntrazi
commented that there is a chain reaction whereby the media follows society
and society follows the media. But change can only occur when you get
the truth from the media.