CNN Arabic launches internship program

CNN Arabic has formed a new partnership with UAE-based community network program Promise of a Generation (POAG) to launch the CNN e7 internship program, an annual program that will support POAG’s vision of creating a generation of socially responsible women. The internship, which will take place in CNN Arabic’s Dubai bureau, will follow a rigorous application and selection process directly reviewed by CNN Arabic’s professionals and top journalists to shortlist 35 participants every year; 70% Emirati and 30% long-term residents from across the seven Emirates. The candidates will be given a chance to engage in world affairs as well as an opportunity to learn from experienced CNN professionals.

“Our region has talented young women and it is in our interest to identify them and offer them an opportunity to intern with CNN,” says Caroline Faraj, VP of Arabic Services, CNN. “We are excited to welcome the e7 interns and are proud to be able to offer this opportunity as it diversifies our workplace and allows us to play an active role in the enrichment of the community.”

Adela Acevedo-Sarna, Co-Founder and Co-Visionary, e7, POAG, adds “We are thrilled to partner with CNN Arabic in our vision towards an improved future for the next generation of female leaders in the UAE. A major pillar in this initiative is to involve our wider community in creating a positive impact among our communities aligned with the UAE’s vision and strategic objectives.”

CNN names new VP of Arabic Services

Caroline Faraj has been named the new Vice President of Arabic Services for CNN, as the international news outlet unveils ambitious plans for growth in the Middle East. Caroline was previously responsible for the content and management of the CNN Arabic website, leading the site’s re-launch in 2014.

In her new role, Caroline will have strategic oversight of while also working alongside CNN’s Middle East newsgathering team, and the CNN Abu Dhabi platform on major cross-platform editorial initiatives. She will also work with the CNNI commercial and digital teams on new digital opportunities in the region. Her immediate focus will be on continuing the expansion of the CNN Arabic brand, while also expanding the CNN Dubai operation in order to allow for increased content development to feed all of CNN’s linear and non-linear platforms.

“CNN Arabic has proved an outstanding success story under Caroline’s leadership and has demonstrated the region’s growing digital appetite for our news product,” says Andrew Morse, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CNN Digital.

Rani R Raad, Managing Director, Turner Broadcasting in the Middle East, adds “Our continued investment under Caroline’s leadership in CNN Arabic reflects the strength of our aspirations for this region. Caroline is perfectly placed in this new role to continue to enrich the news content we offer our consumers, while also helping to develop exciting new digital propositions that will engage audiences and excite our partners.”