QL Exclusive: An interview with Al Jazeera presenter and producer Khaled Noueiry
Khaled came to Qatar in 2010, to start his journey as a TV presenter, with one of the most prominent international news channels in the world, Al Jazeera.
His educational background is in media but he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information management.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Khaled worked at a couple of different newspapers and magazines, as well as some Lebanese channels. He also worked as a host podcaster.
At Al Jazeera, Khaled began as a sports presenter and producer from 2010 to 2013. He also worked on producing some investigative programs.
However, now he is working as a presenter of a social program called Al Jazeera this morning, and as a producer in many other programs on the same channel.
Khaled used to like writing in Arabic, and he was interested in the language itself. This is what led him to choose to study media in university, he mentioned.
“If I want to go back in time when I was a kid in school, I won’t ever think that I will work in the media. I never planned it. When I was a child, I was interested in medicine, and I wanted to study something related to the scientific field. However, I used to write and to educate myself in the Arabic language, this is the thing that changed my way to media when I started my university,” he recalled.
“I remember before I was 14 years old, I was shy, and I never imagined standing in front of the camera and talk. However, this started to change as my personality started to grow more with my age,” he added.
Khaled mentioned that whatever comes out to the audience is all about the group efforts of the whole crew, and without this teamwork, nothing can happen.
“A lot of what people see on TV is all about the team and the whole crew who is sitting behind the camera,” he highlighted.
Khaled feels a responsibility toward his job as a presenter, but he never felt the fear or the stress to be in front of the camera since the beginning.
“I remember the first time I stood in front of the camera, it was in 2006 when I was a presenter of a sports prime, it was easy and I did not feel any fear, but the second time to on-air, I felt the responsibility toward what I am doing,” he described.
“My second time on-air was more stressful because the positive feedback from the first time made me recognize the people’s trust and I did not want to lose it,” he added.
Khaled found support and love from everyone around him since the day he started his career as a presenter.
“I remember that my father would watch me every time I am presented anything. He cared about all the details, about my appearance, my way of presenting, and even how I dressed,” he said.
He added that this made him feel that he was being appreciated by the people close to him, “this support gave me the inner power to keep myself confident,” he said.
Despite all the support, Khaled has also noticed hate-mongers in his journey.
“Anyone who is successful will always have some haters to stand in his/her way, but the point is that confidence should be the key to keep going toward success,” he said.
In his description of his style as a presenter, Khaled said, “Being a presenter means that you are not working in a mechanical factory. Your own personality is reflected on the product. However, it is always important that everyone should keep his own style and character, we are all different, and this means that we cannot be a copy of someone else.”
“The presenter should balance between the agenda of the place and his own style and character,” he said.
Khaled sees a journalist as a multi-talented person who should improve all the skills that he has.
“Being a journalist means that you must learn everything about journalism. You should know editing, writing, presenting, investigating, and so many more things related to this field. Any journalist should be multi-talented and knows everything about anything. Al-Jazeera gave me the chance also to improve all of my journalistic skills, as I joined many workshops to improve myself.”
Depending on his experience, he learned how to give himself the chance of trying and to always be confident of his ideas.
“The biggest mistake anyone can do is to not be confident of his ideas to present them. I used to avoid presenting my ideas because I was always afraid of hearing the rejection, but after a lot of experiences, I learned that I have to present any idea that crosses my mind because the rejection is not the end of the world. So, I started to give myself a chance to present and defend my ideas with confidence.”
Khaled urges all the young people to hold on to their aims and dreams and to stay confident about themselves.
“In any road, you will decide to start with, you will find a lot of people to support you, but on the other hand, you will find many who will try to destroy you and underestimate whatever you do, so my advice is to stay confident and to never compare yourself to anyone,” he added.
“Being a presenter requires you to be natural. So be yourself and always stay positive. It is always good to be positive, especially when you are an influencer to the people around you. I believe that if you give positivity, life will send this vibe back to you,” he concluded.
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