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Journalism is not exclusive for men

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What is it like to be a female journalist in Saudi Arabia?

Jomanah Khojah

How easy is it for women to be outside ‘rubbing shoulders’ with men in a male dominated profession?

How  is it for a female to be asking men questions that hit them ‘under their belly’ in a country where women are not allowed to drive cars?

These are questions I put to a female journalist from Saudi Arabia, who responded that  “Journalism changed me and moulded me to be more open to challenges.”

Her name is Jomana Khojah. A shy girl turned journalist who now approach people for information.

A daughter of a Saudi diplomat. Born in Saudi Arabia, but brought up in different countries of the world which include Turkey, Russia, USA, Egypt, Lebanon, France, Spain and Morocco.


She started her career as a trainee at Al-Hayat Newspaper in Beirut where she learnt the basic rudiments of journalism. She then moved to Saudi Arabia to continue her career.

Journalism being a male dominanted career in Saudi Arabia does not lessen her zeal.

She rubs shoulders with top names in journalism in Saudi Arabia and proves that the profession is not exclusively for men; women also have contributions to make.

She said in a men dominated world, she felt respected as a female journalist.


She described herself as a Saudi girl who wants to excel as a practicing Arabic journalist.  Therefore she is investing in herself, studying an MA Journalism (International) at the University of Westminster UK.

She had her first degree at American University of Cairo, where she studied political Science.

The political scientist turned journalist plans to embark on making Television documentaries about her country Saudi Arabia.

Jomanah would like to be remembered as someone who contributed to the betterment of her society and country, Saudi Arabia.

Written by danmakaranta

November 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

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  1. Jomanah khojah is an excellent journalist and honest when she write *not arrgant—-she proved that in al hayat news paper——-
    We wish to Jomanah all the best


    December 24, 2009 at 12:00 am

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