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Khaloub Nahawend El Ouertani and Amal Najahi Khaloub Nahawend El Ouertani and Amal Najahi

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - From August 7-24th, WRCB hosted two Tunisian journalism students in association with the International Center for Journalists in Washington DC. 

Amal Najahi and Khaloub Nahawend El Ouertani were among nine Tunisian selected by the US Embassy in Tunis for a 17-day internship in U.S. newsrooms.  After some training in Washington DC, both ladies were sent to WRCB for further work and evaluation of how a US news organization runs.

Tunisia is a small country located in North Africa.  It is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.  It has an association agreement with the European Union and is a member of La Francophonie, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Arab League and the African Union.  Tunisia was the first Arab country to hold revolution in 2011, for freedom of expression, dignity and democracy.

Amal Najahi is 24-years-old and working on her master's degree in Investigative Reporting at the Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI) with a concentration in investigative reporting.  Amal trained for two months at the Hannibal TV station as a journalist in news, social and culture programs.  Her training also included time at Mosaique FM radio and the Deutsche Wella Akademie and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).  Amal is multi-lingual, speaking Arabic, French, English and some Turkish.

She says her visit to the USA was an exceptional experience, a gift from ICFJ after a long and hard scholastic year.  The exchange of culture is important, so that each of them can learn more of the world we live in.   Amal says she was surprised by life in Chattanooga and really liked it.  She says it was a wonderful experience she will not forget.

Khaloub Nhaloub El Ouertani is 23-years-old and is also a master's student at the Institute of Press and Information. She is specialized in Investigative Journalism. As part of her studies, she has done an investigation about child begging in Tunisia. She speaks Arabic, French, English, and some Russian. Her hobbies are: reading, watching television, listening to music, playing sports and surfing on the net. Khaloub says that Chattanooga is one of the most wonderful places she's ever visited. She also says she really appreciates the architecture and hospitality. One day, Khaloub dreams of becoming a successful investigative Journalist and working as a brilliant TV presenter.

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