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Bright future awaits journalism student - Canarsie’s Aisha Al-Muslim earns full scholarship to CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Canarsie resident Aisha Al-Muslim, a graduating-senior at Lehman College, had a tough but exciting decision to make this semester. She was accepted into seven graduate schools, including Northwestern and Syracuse universities but, in the end, a full scholarship from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism helped the multilingual journalism major make her choice.

Al-Muslim, who is editor-in-chief of the college’s student newspaper “Meridian,” has a resume that includes internships at WCBS-TV, WABC-TV, “People en Español,” and CBS Evening News’ Weekend Edition. Recently, she was selected to participate in The New York Times’ Institute for the National Association of Black Journalists, a two-week, hands-on program that will be given next month at Dillard University in New Orleans, and she also has received a scholarship from New York Women in Communications.

Born in Panama, Al-Muslim has a passion for languages, specifically French, Italian, and Spanish, and dreams of becoming an international journalist. Her favorite broadcast journalists are Maria Celeste Araras, the hostess and managing editor of Telemundo News/Entertainment program’s “Al Rojo Vivo,” and Patsi Arias, co-anchor for Noticiero 47, Telemundo.

Her career with the Meridian began as a staff writer in sophomore year, advanced to news editor in her junior year, and ultimately to the position of editor-in-chief in senior year. In 2007, she established the Lehman chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (N.A.H.J.) and serves as the club’s current president. The club helps students network, find jobs and scholarships, and hosts seminars with editors, reporters, and producers.

One of the club’s most successful events is “A Day in the Life of a Media Professional Series,” in which industry professionals talk to students about what they do on a daily basis and how they became journalists. Previous guests have included representatives of CBS’s “Entertainment Weekly,” True TV (formally Court TV), and The New York Times.

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