Photo of Nissa Rhee (left) and Diane Bou Khalil (right) at Northeastern's 埃尔森特罗 library.

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If Diane Bou Khalil could aspire to be like anyone, she’d choose British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour. 鲍·哈利勒对365买球app下载业的热情, international background and education from 365彩票全部平台, she’s on her way to walking in her favorite reporter’s footsteps.

Bou Khalil was born in Chicago but spent most of her life in Lebanon. She’s the eldest of three and was determined to attend college in the United States.

“In 10th or 11th grade, I visited NEIU,鲍·哈利勒说. “I got to know the University by doing more research online and I really liked it.”

鲍·哈利勒对研究社区的热爱, analyzing them and wanting a deeper understanding of what people go through led her to become a 社会学专业. Then her collegiate career took a shift last semester when she decided to take a journalism course offered by the Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT) department.

“我一直想从事365买球app下载工作, but I thought I couldn’t mix sociology and journalism,鲍·哈利勒说. “我很爱管闲事. 我喜欢问别人问题. I took one course in journalism and decided I needed to dedicate at least one semester to taking the classes in CMT, 这就是我所做的.”

Not only is she currently enrolled in four journalism courses, but Bou Khalil also became the first intern for 无边界的杂志, a nonprofit publication cofounded by Northeastern Instructor Nissa Rhee.

“The people who work at Borderless are very encouraging,鲍·哈利勒说. “The stories they tell are not stories you’d see in mainstream media. 这是非常不同的.”

无边界的杂志 emerged from a volunteer project in February 2017 in which Rhee and two of her colleagues decided to cover the impact of the Muslim travel ban in the U.S. 这个项目被称为“90天,90种声音”.”

“We realized there was a huge hole in the media ecosystem in Chicago where big outlets like the Tribune and Sun-Times didn’t have someone covering immigration regularly,李承晚在谈到“90天”时说, 90个声音”计划. “Outlets that traditionally cover immigration were either shrinking or closing.”  

Borderless aims to present alternate narratives to immigrant stories in mainstream media. For example, the magazine’s coverage of COVID-19 includes highlighting six immigrant organizations that need assistance 在疫情爆发期间.  

Bou Kahlil serves as the engagement intern for Borderless, a position in which she helps the magazine with social media, attends events and helps the magazine staff think more critically about what they can do to engage the communities they’re reporting on in more meaningful ways.

“What we were really looking for in an intern was someone who has a passion for the work that we do,李承晚说. “We are a nonprofit with a mission to reimagine immigration journalism for a more just and equitable world. Diane really gets that and brings her experience growing up in Lebanon and being connected to Middle Eastern immigrant communities here to the magazine. We’re really thankful to Northeastern for letting us have Diane and hope to have more Northeastern students as interns in the future.”

Rhee is hopeful that Borderless will be able to offer an engagement internship in future semesters as well as a reporting internship to give students the ability to learn how to work in a newsroom and go through the reporting process of writing and editing. Bou Khalil is looking forward to the possibility of pitching some stories and writing a few articles for the publication as well.

“Whatever I want to learn, the staff at Borderless helps me along the way,鲍·哈利勒说. “My aim is to produce good quality work that reflects the quality of Borderless.”

Rhee has 14 years of professional journalism experience, working in a variety of settings from newspapers and magazines to podcasts and radio. Though Northeastern offers a Journalism minor, 但不是专业, she finds students to be engaged in the newsmaking process.

“作为东北大学的讲师, when I go and teach my classes I get really energized by my students,李承晚说. “Hearing their questions about the journalism industry, how stories are made and how decisions are made in a newsroom really reminds me why I do this work.”

Rhee also says that the skills taught in journalism classes, 比如清楚, 简洁的写作, 编辑和提问, are transferable to any profession a student may pursue. 鲍·哈利勒也有同样的感觉. Though her short-term goal is to focus on gaining journalism experience through interning at Borderless and writing for Northeastern’s student newspaper, 《365买球app下载》, she is currently in the process of applying to master’s programs in international studies.

“If anything I’m more motivated now than I was as a freshman,鲍·哈利勒说. “I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for Northeastern.”

无边界的杂志 accepts freelance pitches about immigrant communities and will work with writers to tell their stories. To pitch an article idea, send an email to