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Dr. Rasha Abdulla
Dr. Abdulla joins the International Advisory Board of Global Media and Communication

21 Feb, 2018

Dr. Rasha Abdulla, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been invited to join the International Advisory Board of Global Media and Communication. Global Media and Communication is an international refereed journal launched as a key forum for articulating critical debates and developments in the continuously changing global media and communications environment. As a pioneering platform for the exchange of ideas and multiple perspectives, the journal addresses fresh and contentious research agendas and promotes an academic dialogue that is fully transnational and transdisciplinary in its scope. With a network of ten regional editors around the world, the journal offers a global source of material on international media and cultural processes. The journal is currently edited by Dr. Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication at University of Westminster.

JRMC Department
The Photographic Gallery Exhibition

21 Feb, 2018



See photos from the opening of the gallery last week here.


Prof. Firas Al-Atraqchi
Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Initiative

21 Feb, 2018

On January 14, Chair Firas Al-Atraqchi participated in the final stages of the Holistic Admissions Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) initiative which is an admission tool at AUC that uses additional criteria beyond academic scores to admit students. The committee established by Dr Ahmed Tolba uses additional criteria focused on specific skills or personal attributes that AUC considers key to academic success and are aligned with AUC’s values and educational philosophy. The purpose of the MMIs in this context measures the specific skills/personal attributes that are desired by AUC. Professor Firas was involved in designing the MMIs as well as determining assessment rubrics since May 2017. Jrmc staff Nariman El Bosraty also assisted in the initiative.



Prof. Sherin Moody
Guest Lecturer at JRMC 4425 class

21 Feb, 2018

JRMC adjunct faculty Sherin Moody invited JRMC professor Dr. Ahmed Taher as a guest speaker on February 14th, at Mary Cross Hall, to lecture the IMC Capstone - 4425 students about the importance of research in advertising. This session is to help the students understand the process before conducting their creative strategy for their public service announcement and product repositioning.




Prof. Mona Salman
Casablanca Book Fair

21 Feb, 2018

Early this month, JRMC adjunct faculty Mona Salman was a part of the official delegation to Casablanca book fair to represent the Egyptian cultural faces to be a part of celebration of Egypt as a guest of honor of this year book fair. The delegation was headed by the minister of culture Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, higher leaders in the ministry of culture, prominent novelists, intellectuals and movie stars were in the delegation. Mona moderated a session about the historical relationship between Egypt and Morocco and a session to honor the name of the late Egyptian novelist Gamal Al-Ghitany. Prominent faces in Moroccan culture were part of all panels.




Prof. Ashraf Foda
2B Saving February 2018 Advertising Campaign

21 Feb, 2018

This month, 2B Computer launched their latest campaign "Saving February" created by Vision Advertising and supervised by the creative director Ashraf Foda, a jrmc adjunct faculty. 
 
2B Saving February 2018 -Fridge
 2B Saving February 2018 - Mobile

Prof. Kim Fox
Video Workshop for students in the Multimedia Journalism Capstone

14 Feb, 2018

U.S. diplomat and former TV producer Mike Harker was the guest for a Video Workshop for students in the Multimedia Journalism Capstone. The workshop took place on Saturday, February 10 in the JRMC Department's Radio Studio. Students learned about the 5 shot sequence, use of b-roll, obtaining good quality audio, editing and more.They also worked on a video production exercise to put their new knowledge in action.







Dr. Shahira Fahmy
The 68th Annual ICA conference, “Voices” , Prague, May 2018

14 Feb, 2018

Dr. Fahmy’s co-authored submission, "Personal Choice or Political Provocation: Examining the Visual Framing and Stereotyping of the Burkini Debate," has been selected for the 68th Annual ICA conference, “Voices”, to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 24-28 May 2018.   This year they had a record-breaking number of submissions and due to space constraints in Prague, they were able to accept 37.4% of the papers and panels that were submitted. 



Prof. Kim Fox
2018 BEA Media Festival of Arts Winners

14 Feb, 2018

A student winner in the BEA Media Festival of Arts video competition. Nada Mawsouf, a MMJ major, produced a video documentary, along with two international students, while studying abroad at our exchange partner school, the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) last semester. Their video was "chosen to receive the BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards – the top awards given during BEA’s Festival of Media Arts, a competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members."  This is an honor given to only 18 students and faculty out of more than 1500 entries in the 2018 competition. The recognition comes with a $1000 award. You can watch the video documentary "We Are Romansh."
There are two more winners, but in the audio category of educational program:

Prof. Kim is also the recipient of two BEA Festival of Media Arts awards as executive producer for the Ehky Ya Masr Podcast:


Prof. Firas Al-Atraqchi
A GAPP/China-Arabia Multicultural Exchange Link (CAMEL) Project

14 Feb, 2018

On January 18, nineteen students from Professor Firas Al-Atraqchi's JRMC 2202 Multimedia Writing class met with students from Peking University who were part of a GAPP/China-Arabia Multicultural Exchange Link (CAMEL) project.  CAMEL is a Sino-Arab cultural exchange program affiliated to Peking University Students’ International Communication Association. The delegation consists of top students from Peking University, as well as visiting students from Stanford/UC Berkeley. The students discussed diverse topics such as differences in social media apps in China and Egypt; Sino-Arab relations; Climate Change, and means to combat global terrorism.







Dr. Hesham Dinana
Distinguished Teaching Performance Recognition

14 Feb, 2018

Dr. Hesham Dinana was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in appreciation for his distinguished teaching performance in teaching for three consecutive years (2014-2017) from the Executive Education, school of Business.

 





Dr. Hussein Amin
Community Service: Adham Center and Ministry of Education Conduct Teacher Workshops on Media Literacy

14 Feb, 2018

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in collaboration with the Ministry of Education held two exploratory rounds of 2-day workshops to train 45 school teachers on competencies of media and digital literacy. One round was held on January 28 and 30, and the second on February 6 and 8. The workshops addressed media and digital literacy knowledge and skills including; media literacy essentials, fake news verification, Internet safety as well as using digital tools to create content. The teachers learnt how to integrate these skills into their lesson plans. The teachers were also introduced to the Egyptian Knowledge Bank and how to use it inside the classroom. Trainers included Dr. Rasha Allam, Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Dr. Fatma Fayez, Assistant Professor at Beni Suef University, Mr. Khaled Baramawy, media trainer, Mr. Fady Ramzy, social and digital media consultant and Ms. Salma El Ghetany, Media Literacy Specialist. 





 

Dr. Hussein Amin
The Adham Center’s Annual Awards Dinner

7 Feb, 2018

Director of the Center, Hussein Amin, delivered the keynote address welcoming attendees, the graduating class, and their families and friends. H.E. Dr. Tarek Shawki, Egyptian Minister of Education also delivered a speech on the importance of media in society. Amin also recognized this year’s guest of honor, veteran broadcaster Isaad Younis, for a lifetime of achievement in the fields of media, film and broadcast journalism. Younis addressed the graduating class with words of advice as they prepare to venture into the field of broadcast journalism after completing their studies at the Adham Center.
The graduating class then received their certificates and awards from H.E. Dr. Shawki and Dr. Amin. Their capstone projects, consisting of video reports on various current affairs topics, were screened for the esteemed guests, families, and friends.
The event, held in AUC’s Oriental Hall, was well attended by public figures, media professionals and academics, as well as government representatives. Guests included President of the National Council for Women Maya Morsy, Mostafa El Feki, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, prominent TV presenters Amr El Shinnawi and Salma El Shamma’, and Scriptwriter Medhat El Adl. Assistant Secretary General and Head of Media Department for League of Arab States Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazala, Director of the Communication and Social Media Sector for the League of Arab States Hanaa Serour, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abou Zeid, Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at AUC Naila Hamdy, as well as Professor of Practice Mervat Abo Ouf, Assistant Professors Rasha Allam and Hesham Dinana were also in attendance. Adham Center Founder Professor Emeritus Abdallah Schleifer and former Adham Center director Hafez Al Mirazi were also present. 
Media coverage included: OnLive, MBC MasrCBC Extra

More pictures can be found on their website

 




Dr. Marwa AlMutafy & Dr. Tara AlKadi
Radio Workshop

4 Feb, 2018

Drs. Marwa Ragaa Al-Mut'afy, and Tara Al-Kadi, jrmc adjunct faculty, attended a five day workshop that started on January 18, on presenting radio shows, at Cairo Media School, with radio guru and trainer, Mr. Tarek Abou El Soud, Executive Director of El Radio 9090.  





Dr. Ahmed Taher
The New International Branch Campuses Forum

4 Feb, 2018

On Thursday 1st of February, Dr. Ahmed Taher, together with Dr. Deena Boraie, Dean of the School of Continuing Education, moderated a full day Experts Forum about the new International Branch Campuses planned in the New Administrative Capital.  The Day was attended by Francis Ricciardone,  President of AUC, the Minister of Higher Education, the CEO of the New Administrative Capital, as well as a wide audience of Education experts, Presidents of universities, and public figures.  The event hosted a number of international speakers who flew in from UK and US as well as the Chairman and Director General of Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority who spelled the story of founding Dubai Knowledge City.  The day also included a press conference and was widely covered in the Egyptian Media.  See here




Dr. Ahmed Taher & Dr. Hesham Dinana
Thesis Defense

4 Feb, 2018

On Wednesday 31st of January,  Dr. Ahmed Taher chaired the committee that awarded the Masters to Sara Fouad after successfully defending her thesis titled: MASS MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACT ON HEALTH LITERACY OF DIABETIC PATIENTS IN EGYPT:  “ASSESSMENT OF EGYPTIAN DIABETIC PATIENTS HEALTH LITERACY AND ITS EFFECT ON PATIENT EMPOWERMENT”. The committee included JRMC faculty, Dr. Hesham Dinana, and from the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Emad Graiss, CEO of Merck.






Prof. Kim Fox
Recent News

31 Jan, 2018

Kim Fox has an essay in the recently published book "Master Class: Teaching Advice for Journalism and Mass Communication Instructors." The Rowman & Littlefield publication was published by AEJMC's Elected Standing Committee on Teaching in December 2017. Fox's "From the Trenches" essay on "Common Mistakes to Avoid" appears in chapter 1 of the book.

Moreover, JRMC Associate Professor of Practice Kim Fox was named to the inaugural EducationShift20 list of innovative journalism educators. See here




Prof. Inas Mazhar
Mazhar appointed as Match Commissioner

31 Jan, 2018

Adjunct faculty Inas Mazhar, media officer of the Egyptian national football team, was appointed by the Confederation of African Football ((CAF) as a match commissioner for African women's football matches for the period from 2018-2020. Mazhar, deputy editor in chief of Al Ahram Weekly Newspaper and head of the sports section teaches the Sports Media Course at the AUC. She was nominated for the post by the board of directors of the Egyptian Football Association. Mazhar is also a media officer at the International Football Association FIFA. Please read online news in Arabic here

Prof. Alaa Abdel Ghani
Recent Articles on AL Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online

31 Jan, 2018

Please read sports article here. In addition to the latest masterpiece, published in both Al Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online.




JRMC Department
The Arab Media Young Leaders Program in UAE

20 Dec, 2017

Sarah Seif, an IMC Student, has been nominated and chosen to represent the American University in Cairo and Egypt as a young media leader at the Arab Media Young Leaders Program in UAE. The Arab Youth Media Program took place in UAE from November 12th to 27th with 100 young media leaders chosen from 20 different Arab countries aiming at empowering a generation of young media leaders and professionals. The program was a 14 day program full of site visits, mentorship sessions and workshops by key playmakers in the region such as : Reuters , MBC , AlArabia , Sky News Alarabiya, Abu Dhubai Media , Dubai Media inc , Al Sharq Al Awsat Newspaper, Al Hayah Newsspaper, Bloomberg, NYU Abu Dhabi , American University in Dubai , Google , Twitter, APCO , Linkedin and CNN Alarabia. Not only was the program an enriching educational one, but it also included meeting key leaders and state rulers.






JRMC Department
University Staff Award

20 Dec, 2017

The JRMC's Student Services Manager Ms. Nesrine Azmy received a University award for Meritorious and Outstanding Performance as one of the high performers in AUC for FY 2017 during a special ceremony with Dean Nabil Fahmy on December 19th.


  

Dr. Naila Hamdy and Prof. Firas Al-Atraqchi
The 5th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Symposium

20 Dec, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy and Professor Firas Al-Atraqchi were invited to participate in the 5th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Symposium on hate speech against migrants and refugees in the media on December 13. #SpreadNoHate
Dr. Naila Hamdy spoke about the Arabic-language glossary and other tools which equip journalists in the region with the necessary language to combat hate speech.
Professor Firas Al-Atraqchi spoke about a global strategy including governments, NGOs, media organizations, social media giants and internet service providers to combat the now global threat of hate speech.







Dr. Naila Hamdy
Graduate Student Association Award

20 Dec, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy received an award from the Graduate Student Association (GSA) for her exceptional contribution to the Graduate community of AUC on December 10, 2017. She was recognized for effort in reviewing articles and literary writings submitted for publication in the first issue of the GSA newsletter.

Dr. Naila Hamdy
Seminar in International Communication JRMC 5250 Final Research

20 Dec, 2017

Students of JRMC 5250 Seminar in International Communication held a research paper colloquium under the supervision of Dr. Hamdy on December 11th to present and discuss their final papers. Papers focused on a variety of media systems including Brazil, China, UAE, Qatar, Catalonia/Spain and Turkey. Topics ranged from news coverage, press freedoms to television dramas and soft power. 




Dr. Naila Hamdy
Media Convergence Capstone JRMC 4482 Final Presentations

20 Dec, 2017

Students of JRMC 4482 media convergence capstone completed their semester with presentations of a final communication project on December 12th.  This semester the projects revolved around branding Egypt as a nation that offers more than conventional touristic sights. Dr. Hamdy is the instructor of the course.





Prof. Sherin Moody
Integrated Marketing Campaign Capstone JRMC 4425 Final Projects

20 Dec, 2017

Professor Sherin Moody supervisor of the Integrated Marketing Campaign Capstone JRMC 4425 had her students presentations held on Wednesday December 13th. Five groups whose topics were Disability Stigma, Animal Abuse, Anti-Bribery, Family Planning and Child Sexual Abuse presented their work to a panel from JWT advertising agency. JWT presented groups with three awards for best use of Technology, best Strategy and best Solution as well as internships and employment opportunities. 




Dr. Shaira Fahmy
JWT Field Trip

20 Dec, 2017

JRMC 3310 students got to experience a little bit of the advertising world and catch a glimpse of what goes behind the scenes of some of our most favorite advertising campaigns out there, during a visit on December 9th to one of the biggest agencies all around Egypt, JWT.  Our "Public Opinion and Propaganda" class gained valuable information about the advertising business in Egypt, while still having a blast. 



Prof. Mona Salman
The Palestinian Ministry of Information Celebration

20 Dec, 2017

The Palestinian ministry of information has honored Egyptian artists and journalists who played a prominent role in spreading awareness of Arab and Palestinian issues. Mona Salman, adjunct faculty, was honored by Mr. Azzam El Ahmed the head of Fatah central committee and Mr. Ahmed Assaf the information minster in the celebration of national Palestinian television in Cairo. 





Prof. Alaa Abdel Ghani
What’s a World Cup without Egypt playing Saudi Arabia?

20 Dec, 2017

Read full article written by adjunct faculty Alaa Abdel Ghani on Al Ahram Weekly online here.

Dr. Rasha Abdulla
Recent Publication

13 Dec, 2017

Dr. Rasha Abdulla published an article in the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (AJMS) entitled "How diverse are Egypt’s media: A look at the post-revolution presidential elections." The study is a content analysis of a selection of popular newspapers and evening talk shows to examine the sociological diversity and inclusiveness of the media. Diversity is defined as the inclusiveness of different groups in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, income-based discrimination, gender and any other factors that make individuals or groups different from, but equal to, each other. The study used quantitative content analysis of four popular state and private newspapers (5308 stories) and a critical analysis of the main television news bulletin and several talk shows. The study covered a period of 32 monitoring days.

Prof. Kim Fox
Recent Publication

13 Dec, 2017

Kim Fox published a book review in the journal Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, a publication of AEJMC. 

Dr. Hesham Dinana
Recent Publication

13 Dec, 2017

His paper entitled “The Impact of Humours Advertising on Consumers’ Buying, Word-of-Mouth and Recall” has been accepted for publishing in the Journal of Business & Retail Management Research (JBRMR) Vol. 12 Issue 2 January 2018. This is a referred journal for the Academy of Business and Retail Management (ABRM).

Prof. Sally Kandil
Guest Speaker in JRMC 4441

13 Dec, 2017

The camera and editing course (JRMC 4441) invited alum Mohamed Abdel Razek who has his own company for drone cameras as a guest speaker on December 11th. Basically, he talked about his experience in the cinema field and screened samples of his work in class (e.g. El Khaleya Egyptian movie, Hyundai latest ad, and some other promotional videos he did in Marsa Alam and the New Capital). Then he took the class for a quick demonstration in the garden to show how the drone works and how it's operated.  AUC president Francis Ricciardone was passing by and he joined the group to see how it works and he was very excited.






Prof. Mona Salman
Empowering Local Media Outside Cairo Panel

13 Dec, 2017

Mona Salman moderated a panel discussion about empowering local media outside Cairo last Tuesday December 5th in Journalism Syndicate in Cairo downtown. The panel was organized by Egypt's Union of Media Women. Dr. Huda Zakarya, member of supreme council for Media Regulation, Mr. Hesham Kasem, publisher and media expert, and a number of deans of mass communications faculties, were the speakers. The panel discussed the importance of empowering local media and the difficulties that are facing working journalists outside the capital, especially women.



Prof. Kim Fox
Article: How the JRMC MMJ Capstone Covered AUSACE17

13 Dec, 2017

Prof. Kim is excited to share an article in Media Shift that she co-authored with her teaching assistants about the MMJ Capstone coverage of AUSACE. Read here 

Dr. Ahmed Taher
Recent Activities

13 Dec, 2017

Dr. Ahmed Taher returned from Maastricht after serving as an examiner for Hend Abou Ghali  DBA Dissertation.  Hend’s Thesis was titled: Linking Brand and After-sales Service Loyalty Drivers: An Empirical Investigation in the Automotive Industry in Egypt.  Dr. Ahmed Tolba was the Supervisor and Dr. Caren Crowely chaired the defense committee on December 5th.  Hend teaches Marketing in the Business School at the AUC.



Dr. Ahmed Taher also serving as an examiner for Rehab AbdelAziz  DBA Dissertation from the Maastricht School of Management in Netherlands.  Rehab’s Thesis was titled: Factors Affecting Behavioral Intention to Donate to Charitable Organizations: The Role of Branding in Social Marketing The case of Egypt.  Dr. Ahmed Tolba was the Supervisor and Dr. Caren Crowely chaired the defense committee on December 4
th.  Rehab teaches Marketing in the Business School at the AUC.




Dr. Hesham Dinana
Recognition

6 Dec, 2017

Dr. Hesham Dinana was recognised by the “Knowledge for All Foundation” for his efforts to introduce a new approach to managing mega social change initiative. This approach is built around the Holacracy Management System. He delivered a workshop on this topic last week and is now working with the Foundation Team to execute it and to leverage its power in balancing between Centralization & De-centralization.




Dr. Naila Hamdy
The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) Conference

6 Dec, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy was invited by the Ethical Journalism Network to attend the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) conference with the purpose of discussing the process taken in authoring the hate speech media glossary and raising awareness on the topic. Additionally, she discussed future steps to be taken in the initiative of combating unethical use of hate speech terms in Egyptian media. The conference took place December 1-3, 2017.





Prof. Kim Fox
Interview in Egyptian Streets

6 Dec, 2017

Associate Professor of Practice Kim Fox was interviewed for this article in Egyptian Streets about the Ehky Ya Masr Podcast, an initiative that she started earlier this year. Exploring Layers of Egyptian Society Through Local Audio Journalism


JRMC Department
Journalism Alumnus Wins Awards for Audio Documentary

6 Dec, 2017

It was announced in October that Abdallah Abdel Dayem, multimedia journalism, Fall '16 won first place at the Pinnacle Awards in the Best Podcast category. Abdel Dayem produced an audio documentary, "More Than Just a Game: A Documentary about Professional Video Gaming in Egypt," for the Audio Production course taught by Professor Kim Fox. Additionally, in November, Abdel Dayem placed third in the National Student Production Awards Best Documentary/Public Affairs category for the same audio documentary. You can hear the full documentary here.


Dr. Hussein Amin
The 50th African Journalists Workshop

27 Nov, 2017

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication have proudly organized the 50th African journalists workshop in association with the Union of African Journalists. 
The bi-annual workshop comes within the framework of UAJ's and JRMC's role to train African cadres in the field of Journalism to benefit all African countries. The training program that has started in 1992 under the supervision of Dr. Hussein Amin, has now developed into a network of journalists who have been trained at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, and work all over African media.
The 26 journalists who attended the one-day workshop, on Wednesday November 22, come from more than 20 countries across Africa namely Angola, Algeria, Brazzaville, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d’ Ivoire, Democratic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Egypt , Eritrea,  Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa,  South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. More pics here
For all photos, visit the JRMC's African Journalists Workshop facebook page. 
For Media Clippings for African Journalists Workshop, see here 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Prof. Kim Fox
Student Journalists Produce Multimedia Journalism Websites to Address Civil Society Issues in Egypt

27 Nov, 2017

On Tuesday, November 21, students of JRMC 4480 presented their multimedia content and websites on issues in Egypt to a panel of judges. The projects focused primarily on solutions journalism, which sheds light on community solutions to problems, included video, audio, photos, interactive elements and articles.  This semester’s judges were JRMC Chair and Associate Professor of Practice Firas Al-Atraqchi, and Managing Editor of Business Forward, an AUC School of Business knowledge portal, and co-founder of Mada Masr Amira Salah Ahmed.
The winning project of the “Best Multimedia Journalism Award,” Plan It Ahead, focused on overpopulation in Cairo by looking at the government’s efforts to decrease it and its correlation to family planning. Student journalists Sara Mohamed and Sarah Guirguis cited cultural, financial and religious reasons related to family planning in Egypt as a means to improve the quality of life.
The Forbidden Lenses project successfully utilized Instagram as a way for people to share their stories regarding their struggles with Egypt’s filming regulations, which Al-Atraqchi stated “was the best part of their project.” The project offered a unique perspective on the effects of filming regulations on the modern Egyptian filmmaking scene.
Homes of Hope provided a new perspective in their project on orphanages in Cairo by shedding light on their social integration as adults and active members of society.
While organ trafficking in Egypt has always been a controversial topic, Transplanting Hope decided to go in-depth regarding the religious, societal and legal struggles of organ donation through their multimedia project. The judges emphasized their interest in the group’s interactive map about the events and places that involve organ donation in Egypt.
You can find links to the FB Live session of each presentation on the course FB page.







Prof. Effat Kamel
JRMC 3339 TV Production Course News Bulletins

27 Nov, 2017

JRMC Department
ZUMEFF Film Submissions

27 Nov, 2017

Submissions are now open till December 31, 2017. For more information, visit www.zumeff.com





Dr. Hussein Amin
Adham Center and Arab Media & Society hold Symposium on Media and Crisis

22 Nov, 2017

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the Adham Center and Arab Media & Society hosted a symposium on “Media and Crisis”. The event involved a panel discussion with Makram Mohammed Ahmed, head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, Dr. Abdel Monem Said, renowned writer and political analyst, and Zeid Al Sabban, Director of Africa and Arab-Africa Cooperation at the League of Arab States. The event was moderated by Adham Center Director and Professor of Journalism, Dr. Hussein Amin.
The symposium, which was held at Oriental Hall in AUC’s Tahrir Campus, was standing room only; widely attended by dignitaries, including representatives from the government and US Embassy, academics, journalists, and international and local students from several universities. It was also well covered by local media including Al Ahram, Al Masry Al Youm, El Watan, and many others. Speakers discussed the role of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation in dealing with crises, media and crisis in Egypt and the Arab region, as well as the responsibility to accurately and effectively report on critical events, and finally media and crisis in Sudan and the Horn of Africa. This discussion was followed by questions from the audience. “Media and Crisis: An Arab Media & Society Symposium” was organized in advance of the publication of our Winter/Spring 2018 issue of the same name, due out in January. This was the journal’s first event since launching our print edition in October. 



Prof. Heba ElShahed
Guest Speaker in JRMC 2270

22 Nov, 2017

Baher Esmat Vice President of ICANN, Middle East, is a leading voice on Internet policy and regulatory issues in the Middle East. He is part of the advance guard of Internet proponents for a free, open and affordable Internet within the Arab world. Esmat is a keen facilitator of collaboration and dialogue between ICANN and the broader Internet community. Among these are efforts to promote adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 and the broader deployment of internationalized domain names. On Nov 15th, Baher gave a guest speaker session on Internet Governance in Egypt and Arab countries for JRMC 2270 class. He elaborated on the internet history and provided some ethical guidelines for the future. 


Prof. Sherin Moody
Guest Speakers Lecture

22 Nov, 2017

Professor Sherin Moody invited the founders of OKHTEIN, Aya Abdelraouf ’13 and Mounaz Abdelraouf ’12, JRMC graduates from AUC. The event was open to the entire JRMC department on November 12, 2017. They gave a talk about their bag brand. The title of the talk was "Becoming a Female Leader, in a Male Driven Society." They went from local to global since their main concern was to “create and not imitate products.” The event was well-attended. 






Prof. Mona Salman
Recent Article in Tahrir News

22 Nov, 2017

This article is referring to the recent crisis of Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab who, as a result of a bad joke over the River Nile, provoked the audience and media professionals and has led to them asking for her to be punished. The article sheds a light on the importance of education and culture in a simple comparison between then and now in the field of arts. It also addresses real and major problems caused by media professionals and politicians,..etc, that go unnoticed and in most cases unpunished. Last but not least, it highlights the threatening problem of the Nile itself, that might soon deprive Egypt of its water, which the public is ironically ignoring and focusing on a trivial issue. Read full article in Arabic here


Prof. Sean Hobbs
JRMC 2201 Class Visit to the BBC's Offices

15 Nov, 2017

Sean Hobbs' JRMC 2201 class paid a special visit to the BBC's offices in Agouza on Tuesday, Nov 7. Students and Sean had a wonderful tour with BBC staffers and students were able to ask many questions of journalists working on the newsroom floor.
All of the students got to go into the BBC radio studio and BBC TV studio and smile for the cameras! Then BBC Cairo Bureau Chief Akram Shaban Abdou spoke at length with the AUCians using a mixture of English, 3meeya Masrya Arabic and Fousha Arabic. Bureau Chief Shaban Abdou gave an inside look into what it means to do journalism from the BBC in Egypt and the MENA region. 
At the end of Bureau Chief Shaban Abdou's talk many in the class wanted to intern at the BBC. 






Dr. Shahira Fahmy
Mass Communication and Society Journal, Volume 20, 2017 - Issue 6: Media, Terrorism and Society

13 Nov, 2017

​Dr. Shahira's special issue on Media, Terrorism, and Society, is out. It features articles on building global solidarity against terrorism (Dan Berkowitz), the role of graphic visuals (Grizzard et. al), online surveillance and national security (Stoycheff et. al), terrorist news exposure’ s impact on attitudes and behavior (Tamborini et al.), The issue also features research on roles and patterns in terrorism news with articles on news coverage about Islamist terrorism (Sikorski et al.), the role of media frames in the interpretation of terrorism (Walter et. Al), the framing of terrorism news in Twitter (Kwon et. al), and the trends and patterns of U.S. news coverage of terrorist attacks (Sui et. al).  Here is the link to the introduction. 


Dr. Nagwa Gazzar
Guest Lecturer at JRMC 4415 class

13 Nov, 2017

Dr. Nagwa El Gazzar, instructor of Public Relations techniques invited Ms. Randa Nassar, general manager of Weber Shandwick, which is among the top world pubic relations agencies. Ms. Nassar advised the students to master both Arabic and English languages as it is crucial in preparing messages and dealing with Arab media systems. Ms. Nassar provided several recent cases and crises handled by the agency and pointed to the students the rationale behind the tools used and explained how the agency constructed the messages and dealt with the crisis. At the end of the interesting lecture, she offered students the opportunity to have an internship at Weber Shandwick. 



Prof. Sherin Moody
Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) Capstone Graduation Classes

13 Nov, 2017

Professor Sherin Moody invited JWT on November 8th as a feedback session for the two “Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) Capstone” graduation classes. JWT’s Adam Mourad, Creative Director and Mayan Sabry, Copywriter sat with each of the five groups for ANTI-BRIBERY, FAMILY PLANNING, CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS, DISABILITY STIGMA, and ANIMAL ABUSE to discuss their Creative Strategy options. More details and pics on JWT Cairo Careers facebook page here



Prof. Sean Hobbs
JRMC 2201 Visit to the Associated Press Office

9 Nov, 2017

Sean David Hobbs' 2201 class paid a special visit to  the Associated Press' offices in Zamalek on Tuesday, Oct 31. Students and Sean met with Middle East Editor and News Director Dan Perry and Arabic editor Lamia Radi and video journalist Maggie Hyde, Cairo Bureau Chief Hamza Hendawi.
Dr. Shahira Fahmy of AUC's Mass Com and Journalism Department attended the talk and asked a number of important and insightful questions.
The News Director Perry discussed the kind of commitment it takes to be a successful journalist in today's digital age. Video Journalist Hyde showed exclusive AP video from war-torn Yemen and Syria. Chief Hendawi gifted students with advice from his many years of experience.
The students asked wide ranging questions from the kind of visual representations that the news should show about conflicts in Syria and Palestine to AP's role in Egypt and the rest of the MENA region.


Dr. Shahira Fahmy and Prof. Mohamed Gameel
Graduate Studies at AUC Open House for Fall 2017

9 Nov, 2017

It took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm at the AUC New Cairo campus. Dr. Shahira Fahmy, Professor, Mohamed Gameel, Adjunct Faculty, have represented the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 30 minutes information session, they explained to the event participants the Journalism and Mass Communication Masters program and its admission requirements. Also, throughout the event duration, they have engaged with participants to answer their questions regarding the program. The picture was taken at the booth.





Prof. Mona Salman
Recent Article in Tahrir Newspapar

9 Nov, 2017

Read full article in Arabic by Mona Salman here 




Prof. Alaa Abdel-Ghani
Article at Al Ahram Weekly: Silent Soccer

9 Nov, 2017

Football fans want to return to the stadiums.  Alaa Abdel-Ghani asks whether they should be given the chance in his recent article at Al Ahram Weekly. Read more here





Dr. Ahmed Taher
Recent Activities

1 Nov, 2017

Dr. Ahmed Taher delivered two sessions last week to “AlWatan” and “ALMasry AlYum” in association with the World Association Newspapers and News Publishers and also with Women in News.  Each session was a day long held in the premises of the respective newspaper.  Fifteen women attended each session representing the middle management of the news publishers. The topic of the sessions was about Media Management.





Prof. Sherin Moody
JRMC 4425 IMC Graduation Capstone

1 Nov, 2017

On October 25, 2017, Prof. Sherin Moody's IMC Graduation Capstone students submitted and presented their phase 1 work which consisted of Secondary and Primary research. The topics include Child Sexual Abuse, Animal Abuse, Family Planning, Bribery in Egypt and Disability Stigma in Egypt.





Prof. Heba ElShahed
Guest Speakers in JRMC 2270

1 Nov, 2017

On Wednesday 25th, Ayman Salah certified trainer, journalist, and consultant, gave a co-joint training session with Prof. Galal Zaki advertising professional, on how to craft a strong message and break traditional rules when conducting an online campaign in the Online Communication class taught by adjunct faculty, Heba El Shahed. 
 






JRMC Department
IMC Student Featured In News@Auc

1 Nov, 2017

Sara Seif is a senior student studying Integrated Marketing Communications student with minors in Theatre and Community Development. Sara is a reciepient of Moataz Al Alfi scholarship for students with high academic achievement in Marketing Studies with a GPA of 3.84. She is featured on News@Auc, read more here.







Dr. Naila Hamdy
The Arab-US Communication Educators (AUSACE) 22nd Annual Conference

26 Oct, 2017

On October 21 - 23, 2017, the department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, hosted the Arab-US Communication Educators (AUSACE) 22nd Annual Conference featuring a conference and research contest that highlighted issues related to journalism and mass communication in the age of instant information. Held for the fourth time at AUC, the AUSCACE Conference allows media academics, media practitioners and professionals to meet and exchange research and ideas about the current trends in media effects and communication scholarship, journalism and media education, media content production, new formats and tools and trends achievements in the regional and international arena. Outstanding contribution came from the sixty-eight participants representing Egypt, the USA, UAE, Iraq, Jordan Kuwait, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, and England. Additionally, audience members exceeded one hundred with a high presence of graduates and undergraduates from AUC. Journalism in the digital era, expectations of media audiences, teaching journalism and media to digital natives, photojournalism in the age of Instagram, conflict coverage, special Olympics coverage, combating hate speech, community building in the digital epoch and the empowerment of women, and advertising, branding and film in an evolving era were among the key topics unwrapped at the conference. During the opening session, the Keynote speaker, Robb Montgomery, Media Innovation Strategist, highlighted how technology and its current applications are evolving at the speed of lightning transforming media. The conference featured a range of twenty-three productive English and Arabic panels that addressed a wide range of thematic areas related to the central theme.
The 2017 conference offered a rich and diverse agenda to participants thanks to the conference partnerships with JWT Egypt, Travco Properties, The Ministry of Tourism and the Journal of Arab Media conference. Guest speakers this year included: Charly Joseph Wehbe Regional Head of Customer Experience Management- MENA at JWT and Ahmad Abdelkader, Head of Business Operations Cairo gave a presentation on the successful “This is Egypt” campaign capitalizing on new media technologies to promote and rebrand Egypt as a touristic destination during a time of crisis. In the second plenary panel guest speakers Tarek Atia, CEO and founder, Egypt Media Development Program, Sherif Bakr, CEO, Al-Arabi Publishing house and Secretary General, Egyptian Publishers Association, Mohamed Shoeir Assistant Editor in Chief and Opinion Page Writer, Al-Ahram and Mohamed Abdel-Rahman Editor-in- chief, 3lam.org and consultant to the Cinema and TV industries discussed the revival of literary journalism in attempt to create an audience for long-from journalism and nonfiction equivalent of the great Egyptian novel of the past. Noteworthy presentations included a panel presenting guest speakers MP Mona Amer and member of the National Council for Women, MP Marianne Azer, Nile University, Egypt and MP Manal El Gameil, NGO specialist who discussed the stance and empowerment of women during the current era through the moderation of Dr. Mervat Abou Oaf. Another dominant theme at the conference was the phenomena of hate speech in media worldwide and methods of combating this detrimental trend. Dr. Naila Hamdy, chair of the organizing committee, discussed the issue together with Dr. Phil Auter, University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She also launched a hate speech glossary authored by graduate students under her supervision as a starting point to raising awareness and starting a debate in Egypt and the Arab region. Professor Firas Al-Atrqchi, JRMC chair, Dr. Zahre Harb, City University, London, and Dr. Abeer Alnajjar, American University in Sharjah also gave presentations on dangers of hate speech in both traditional and social media. The conference was followed by an award ceremony and dinner held on the Nile Maxim boat courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism. The top three English paper awards were given to three JRMC MA program alumni, whilst the top three Arabic paper awards were given to three media professors from the University of Bagdad. Fnally, the participants spent a day at the Pyramids, the Islamic Museum and Khan Al Khalil Bazar after three days of significant contributions to the conference. View some photos here.



Dr. Rasha Allam
CARAVAN Twitter Session with the AUC Provost

26 Oct, 2017

The Caravan had successfully conducted a Twitter Q&A session with Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman on Blended Education last week. The session had quite high levels of engagement and interaction. You can still follow up by watching the Provost reply on all participants inquiries through #AskTheProvost. 





Dr. Naila Hamdy
Rebranding Competition Award Ceremony

25 Oct, 2017

Students of the JRMC department submitted designs to the School of Business and Travco Properties’ Rebranding Competition Award together with students in Business, and Graphic Design majors during the Summer of 2017. JRMC faculty including Professor Firas Atraqchi, Dr. Naila Hamdy, and Mr. Ashraf Foda participated in the two judging phases. Congratulations to the final winners who were honored at a ceremony on October 24 at the Moataz Alfy Hall.






Dr. Hussein Amin
Drone Journalism Lecture

25 Oct, 2017

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism held its first lecture this fall under the Media Development Series on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The lecture titled, “Drone Journalism” was delivered by Adham Center alumna, class of 2016, and rising drone pilot in Egypt, Mohamed Essam Abdel Razek. Abdel Razek spoke about the evolution of aerial videography over the years. He also presented different aerial videography solutions and techniques, including drones, shot-over systems, techno-cranes, cable cams and chase cars. Finally, Abdel Razek showed clips from his recent drone work in Egypt as well as the different uses in journalism and news coverage of war-torn areas, environmental issues and terrains that are difficult to reach. This invention transformed the journalism and film making industry in the whole world, boosting footage quality with no need for higher budgets. Abdel Razek, then, demonstrated his drone cameras in the Library garden and attendees had the chance to operate the camera on the drone. The lecture was moderated by Dr. Hussein Amin, Professor and Director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism. Dr. Amin delivered opening remarks and moderated the Q&A session. The lecture was well attended by students, faculty, and attendees from outside AUC. 



Dr. Shahira Fahmy
JRMC 3310 Field Trip to AL-Ahram Institution

25 Oct, 2017

Dr. Fahmy took her Public Opinion and Propaganda class on a field trip to Al Ahram establishment on October 17th. Students listened to a number of interesting presentations and visited different sections there throughout the one day tour.




Dr. Ronnie Close
JRMC 2230 Field trip to Moaz Street

18 Oct, 2017

On Tuesday the 17th October two sections of the Foundations in Photography course visited the area of Moaz Street. The students had a graded assignment to make a portrait of a stranger. This involved asking random people to stop and make a photograph and look at light direction, backgrounds, exposures and importantly composition. The results are impressive and students interacted with the locals in a respectful manner whilst doing the assignment. There are some samples images here and more will be uploaded to the course Tumblr page and the class Instagram group, links below:
Tumblr: https://rclose01.tumblr.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cairo_student_photography/
@cairo_student_photography
# cairo_student_photography


Prof. Alaa Abdel Ghai
Sports Article: The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For

18 Oct, 2017

Read full article published online in Al Ahram Weekly on the link below:
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/22665.aspx


Dr. Nadine El Sayed
Guest Speaker in Introduction to Mass Communication Class, JRMC 2200.

18 Oct, 2017

On October 5, Dr. Nadine El Sayed invited guest speaker Ms. Nayrouz Abou Zaid and her team to the JRMC 2200 class. Ms. Abou Zaid is the founder of Ego Communicate public relations and media company and has a rich client portfolio that includes brands like L’Oreal, Azza Fahmy, Asser Yassin and many others. Ms. Abou Zaid and her team discussed crisis management in public relations, focusing on the recent media crisis one of her clients, actor Ahmed El Fishawy, caused during the Gouna Film Festival.



Prof. Effat Kamel
3339 news bulletins link

18 Oct, 2017

Dr. Rasha Allam
The Hight Level Conference of Youth and Employment in North Africa

11 Oct, 2017

Dr Rasha Allam, Assistant Professor, was invited by United Nations to participate in the discussions of the Hight Level Conference of Youth and Employment in North Africa at the International Labor Organization (ILO), a UN agency  located in Geneva. Dr Allam talked about the role of media as a platform for youth engagement. The conference took place on 26 and 27 September, 2017.



Dr. Naila Hamdy
The International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space Conference

11 Oct, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy participated in the “International Cooperation in Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees in the Euro-Mediterranean Space” a two-day conference sponsored by the Center of Migration and Refugees Studies at AUC held on October 9 & 10, 2017. She contributed a working paper titled “Media Media Frames of the 2015 Migrant and Refugee Crisis” and used as a framework for the panel that she moderated on “Media and the Refugee Crisis”. Panel participants included Dr. Carola Richter, Free University Berlin, Dr. James Dennison, European University Institute, and Ms. Ragnhild Ek, UNHCR. She was also responsible for presenting a report on the panel discussion on the second day including recommendations.


Prof. Effat Kamel
Studio Production: AUC TV JRMC 3339 News Bulletins

11 Oct, 2017

Dr. Ahmed Taher
Student Project for GAPP School

9 Oct, 2017

Students in Dr. Ahmed Taher's Creative Strategy class were assigned to propose new posters for the main entrance for the GAPP School.  Four teams produced excellent designs that will be displayed successively.  The pictures show members of the first team proudly posing alongside their work.  Look up for the next project in a few weeks. 

Dr. Shahira Fahmy
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Annual Conference Dr. Shahira Fahmy recently attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. Attend

9 Oct, 2017

Dr. Shahira Fahmy recently attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. Attending this conference came in line with being invited to attend the annual editorial board meetings of the top tier academic journals in the fields of journalism; Mass Communication and Society (MC&S), Visual Communication Quarterly (VCQ) as well as the Flagship Journal the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (JQ).  At the annual editorial board meeting of Mass Communication and Society she discussed her upcoming special issue on terrorism and communication. Dr. Fahmy has served as associate editor for the Mass Communication and Society journal for almost a decade and recently completed editing its special issue, Media Terrorism and Society. The premise of this work is to offer a forum for inspiring new conversations and advancing terrorism studies within the mass communication field. A pool of almost 50 US and international submissions solid were submitted, from which eight were selected after several rounds of peer reviews. The work builds upon traditional approaches to mass media’s role in shaping and amplifying terrorism issues by opening new space for including how the social and/or mass media have covered terrorism narratives, specifically with the evolution of digital media.



Prof. Kim Fox
Guest Speaker in Capstone Class JRMC 4480

27 Sep, 2017

Last Sunday, Prof. Fox invited guest speaker Mr. Amr Eleraqi, Co-Founder of InfoTimes, the First Arabic Info-graphic Website in the Arab Region. He is also the author of the first Arabic written data journalism handbook.  
The title of his lecture was Data Driven Journalism, and it focused on basic data skills, and some of the effective tools one can use to visualize data. This is a link to the InfoTimes website.




Dr. Shahira Fahmy
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Social Sciences in Athens, Greece.

25 Sep, 2017

In July Professor Shahira Fahmy presented a paper at the 4th Annual International Conference on Social Sciences in Athens, Greece, co-authored with Professor Ahmed Al-Rawi from Concordia University Montreal. The paper entitled Social Media Use in the Diaspora: The Case of the Syrian Community in Italy offers a unique insight into parameters that could serve as a “community profiling” tool for policy-makers to better understand the characteristics of an Arab diaspora community of migrants in Europe.
Abstract: Soon after the events of the so-called “Arab Spring”, a mostly Sunni revolt erupted in March 2011 against the Alawite regime of Bashar Assad. Soon afterwards, different armed factions such as the Free Syrian Army, Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State began fighting each other, creating one of the worst humanitarian crises since WWII. After several years of conflict millions of Syrian migrants and refugees have fled, forced to take perilous roads by sea or land in order to reach safer countries, and are now the largest national group applying for asylum. While few Syria’s neighboring countries, welcomed most of the refugees, thousands sought asylum in Europe. This study is an empirical examination of visuals and related texts posted on a popular Facebook page of a Syrian immigrant community in Europe as its members engage with their homeland and their host country. Findings provide an understanding into how this Syrian community produced visual and textual materials posted on social media. The work involves the analysis of over 17,000 comments and almost 1000 photos on Facebook. It represents one of the first studies that empirically investigates images posted online by an immigrant community. 


Dr. Ahmed Taher
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)

25 Sep, 2017

On September 13th, Sector Analyst Dr. Ahmed Taher delivered the Strategic Plan for the Building Materials Sector to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). Dr. Taher has led the project for the past 4 months with involvement from MTI Affiliates, Donor organizations, and several international consultants under the auspices of British Standards International (BSI).”  


Prof. Alaa Abdel-Ghani
Sports Article: What would Egypt do in the World Cup?

25 Sep, 2017

Egypt is close to going to the World Cup but once there, it’s not sure whether they can emulate the many Arab and African countries that gave sterling performances on football’s greatest stage, writes Alaa Abdel-Ghani in Al Ahram Weekly last week. Read more here.


Dr. Hussein Amin
The Second Climate Communicators Network Meeting

14 Sep, 2017

Over the past week, the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in partnership with the Swedish Institute Alexandria conducted a series of workshops, training and lectures within the Second Climate Communicators Network Meeting CCNM. Twenty-two (22) Participants from more than 13 countries (Egypt, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Algeria and Lebanon) in addition to 19 trainers and lecturers took part in this activity. The program with its participatory approach included an open public lecture on environmental governance as well as the challenges of achieving sustainable development within the current regional context. The Adham Center contributed this year with four sessions: The first was a session by Dr. Hussein Amin, Director of the Center, on how media covers climate change issues; the second session focused on hands-on training on the power of social media. The third one was a practical session on how to increase awareness by creating Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Finally, the fourth session was on fact checking approaches and techniques. The program took place in two distant locations during the period from September 9 - 14, 2017; Anafora which is an ecological retreat in the Egyptian Western Desert was the starting point, then participants moved to the premises of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria for the rest of the workshops.





Prof. Kim Fox
The Annual AEJMC Conference in Chicago, Illinois, August 2017.

13 Sep, 2017

Kim Fox was a workshop presenter at the annual AEJMC conference in Chicago, Illinois last month. The half day "Going Mobile for News: Tips for the Classroom" workshop was a part of AEJMC pre-conference activities.
According to the AEJMC website: "AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level."
Pictured are the workshop facilitators from left to right:
--Tim Underhill, Ball State University
--Kim Fox, The American University in Cairo
--Rick Brunson, University of Central Florida
--Reggie Mills, Chicago State
--Lee Hood, Loyola-Chicago




Tara AlKadi
University of Arts London : Professional Development Courses

13 Sep, 2017

Tara went to University of Arts London and attended two courses this summer for self development .The courses are Graphic Design for Social Media and Creative Thinking for Advertising offered at the University of Arts: London College of Communication . Below are courses certificates. 






Prof. Alaa Abdel-Ghani
Sports Article published in Al Ahram Weekly Last August

13 Sep, 2017

Alaa Abdel-Ghani traces the mystery connection between the French club that bought the Brazilian superstar and the Gulf state’s dubious 2022 football extravaganza. Read full article here

Dr. Shahira Fahmy
Recent Publication : Article

7 Sep, 2017

The promise to the Arab World: Attributes of US President Obama in Arabic-language tweets by Mariam F Alkazemi, ShahiraFahmy, Wayne Wanta, in International Communication Gazette. The journal is published by SAGE and is one of the world's leading communication journals publishing scholarly articles from the international community of communication scholars.
Abstract: U.S. President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated address in Egypt in 2009 promised a new beginning between the U.S. government and the Arab world but only a few years later there were many criticisms that the U.S. President did not live up to his promises, driving Arab attitudes toward the United States to their lowest point in years. Five years later, we analyzed Arabic-language twitter messages involving President Obama to examine cognitive and affective attributes. Results show that tweets by members of the media differed greatly from tweets by members of the public. The public tweets held more negative attitudes towards the U.S. President than tweets by news organizations. Members of the public also were more likely to link the President to a wider range of countries, suggesting a greater diversity of attributes, while primarily fixating on the Palestinian issue.


Dr. Naila Hamdy
The Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut

7 Sep, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy attended the two week course offered by the Media and Digital literacy Academy of Beirut MDLab 2017,last August, hosted by the Lebanese American University. She also participated on a panel discussing the regional media programs including those at AUC. 






Dr. Hussein Amin
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Annual Conference

6 Sep, 2017

Adham Center Director Dr. Hussein Amin recently attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. Attending this conference came in line with being invited to attend the annual editorial board meetings of two of the top tier academic journals in the fields of journalism and journalism education; the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (JQ) as well as the Journalism and Mass Communication Educator (JMCE). The meetings took place in the Chicago Marriott, August 10-11, 2017, Chicago, Illinois, United States.




Prof. Kim Fox
BEA On Location Award Winners, Pinnacle Award Finalists, NPSA Award Finalists and Egypt Today

6 Sep, 2017

BEST OF SHOW
Yasmine Hassan, Yasmine Shaheen and Farah Tawfeek (MMJ, Fall '16)
JRMC 4480 Multimedia Journalism Capstone Group Project (Fall '16)
Excluded and Forgotten
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Sara Mohamed (MMJ, senior)
JRMC 4460 Audio Production Final Project
The Stigma Facing Recovering Drug Addicts in Cairo (Spr '17) 
Youssef Shaalan (MMJ, Spr '17)
JRMC 4460 Audio Production Final Project
Sunbird - An Audio Documentary (Spr '17)
The Pinnacle Awards - Online Finalist: Oct. 25-29 in Dallas, Texas
BEST PODCAST - FINALIST

Abdallah AbdelDayem (MMJ, Fall '16)
JRMC 4460 Audio Production Final Project
"More Than Just a Game: A Documentary about Professional Video Gaming in Egypt"
The National Student Production Awards (NSPA) Finalist: Nov. 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas
BEST DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Abdallah AbdelDayem (MMJ, Fall '16)JRMC 4460 Audio Production Final Project: "More Than Just a Game: A Documentary about Professional Video Gaming in Egypt"
This is the second awards recognition for Excluded and Forgotten having been a finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Regional Competition in the In-Depth Reporting category.
This is the fourth awards recognition for Abdallah, having previously received First Place BEA's for Student Audio in the Educational Program category. The bronze award at the New York Festival World's Best Radio Programs 2017: Best Student Documentary.
Finally, three students in the MMJ Capstone from Spring 2017 had their work published in Egypt Today. The project was called #HerEconPower

JRMC Department
Graduate Students Theses Defense Spring 2017

21 Jun, 2017

-Student: Nouran Hussein Khalil . Title: Dabiq: A study of the usage of terrorist-produced publications in framing and selective moral disengagement. Adviser: Dr. Rasha Allam. Second reader: Dr. Hussein Amin. Third reader: Prof. Firas Al-Atraqchi.
-Student: Nourhan Gamal. Title: Objectification of Women in the New Shaa’ by Song. Adviser: Dr. Hussein Amin. Second reader: Dr. Rasha Allam. Third reader: Dr. Aliaa Dawoud.
-Student: Menna-t-Allah Hussein Kamal. Title: The Syrian public opinion versus frames in news media. Adviser: Dr. Amani Ismail . Second reader: Dr. Ronnie Close. Third reader: Dr. Amani Ismail (on behalf of Dr. Allison Hodgkins, PPAD).
-Student: Maha Sherra. Title: Framing of Charity TV Advertisements in Egypt: A Content Analysis. Adviser: Dr. Amani Ismail. Second reader: Dr. Ibrahim Hegazy. Third reader: Dr. Marwa Mutafy.
-Student: Mona Mohamed Naguib. Title: The Perceived Professionalism and Credibility of the Citizen Journalism in Egypt. Adviser: Dr. Hussein Amin. Second reader: Dr. Rasha Allam. Third reader: Dr. Aliaa Dawoud.
-Student: Salma Sherif El Ghetany . Title: The Challenges and the Policies of Media Literacy Programs in Egyptian Schools. Adviser: Dr. Hussein Amin. Second Reader:Dr. Tarek Shawki. Third reader: Dr. Rasha Allam.
-Student: Farida Temraz, Title: Effect of Social Media on Brand Equity: Application to Luxury Brands. Thesis Adviser: Dr. Hamed Shamma,
Co-Adviser: Dr. Naila Hamdy, Reader: Dr. Rasha Allam.
-Student: Nihal Elkharadly, Title: Fear Appeal Message Reception in Public Service Announcements: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Thesis Adviser: Dr. Naila Hamdy, Second Reader: Dr. Aliaa Dawoud, Third Reader: Dr. Rasha Allam.

Dr. Hussein Amin
Iftar in honor of Editors-in-chief of National Newspapers and the Middle East News Agency (MENA)

21 Jun, 2017

Dr. Hussein Amin was invited to the Iftar banquet held by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday 14/6/2017 in honor of the editors-in-chief of national newspapers and the Middle East News Agency (MENA) as well as a number of Media thinkers and distinguished Journalists. The banquet was attended by head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation Makram Mohamed Ahmed and head of the National Press Authority Karam Gabr. In addition, it was attended by director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Moustafa el Feqi, new State Information Service (SIS) chairman Diaa Rashwan. An Open discussions of current affairs issues and the media coverage of national, regional, and international affairs lasted for hours. The banquet that was held at the Foreign Ministry headquarters.



Dr. Rasha Abdulla
A Panel at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

21 Jun, 2017

 Dr. Rasha Abdulla, associate professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, was invited to speak on a panel on fake news at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 13th. The panel was organized by Article 19, and featured David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Eileen Donahue, former United States ambassador to the United Nations and current faculty member at Stanford University, and Dr. Abdulla. The panel was moderated by Article 19 Executive Director Thomas Hughes. Article 19 live tweeted the event. Read more here





Dr. Aliaa Dawoud
Conference at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

21 Jun, 2017

Aliaa Dawoud, adjunct faculty, recently participated in a conference called Advancing Women in Leadership: Cultivating Our Whole Selves.  
It was held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York from 11 to 14 June. She  presented a summary of her upcoming book 'Why State Feminism Backfires: The Case of Mrs. Mubarak's Laws.' It will be published by AUC Press soon. 



JRMC Department
The School of GAPP's Honors Assembly 2016/2017

15 Jun, 2017

The School of GAPP held the 2016/2017 Honors Assembly on Thursday May 25, 2017 recognizing undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. Nabil Fahmy, dean of the School of GAPP, said in the ceremony’s opening notes that the event was meant to recognize excellent work executed by all members of the school including enrolled students.
Rasha Abdallah, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Usha Natarjan, assistant professor in the Department of Law, received the Faculty Research Award.
Seventy-nine graduate students and 77 undergraduate students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. The school also presented, for the first time, the Dean’s Award for distinct work carried out by students in three categories: design, social media management and copy writing. Winning students receive a monetary award and are offered an internship opportunity in the school.
The school of GAPP also presented the Caravan Merit of Distinction Award to MMJ major student Yasmeen Shaheen.
View pics here



JRMC Department
Eduniversal Ranks 10 AUC Graduate Programs Among Top in Africa

15 Jun, 2017

Ten of AUC’s master’s programs have topped the 2017 Eduniversal Rankings, with four being ranked the first in Africa. In its master's rankings, Eduniversal ranked 4,000 of the best master’s programs in 32 fields of study worldwide. Specifically, AUC’s master’s programs in journalism and mass communication, economics in international development, public administration, and economics were all ranked first regionally in their respective categories. Moreover, AUC’s Master of Science programs in finance and electronics and communications engineering as well as the Executive MBA programs all ranked second regionally. The MBA and the master’s in electronics and communications engineering with a concentration in management of technology ranked third in Africa, while the LLM in international and comparative law ranked fourth.
Founded in 1994, Eduniversal uses three main criteria in its master’s rankings methodology: reputation of the program, salary of first employment post-graduation and a student satisfaction survey, demonstrating the wide-ranging strength of AUC’s graduate programs.

Dr. Naila Hamdy
The IX International Conference on Communication and Reality, Blanquerna University

15 Jun, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy presented a paper on Egyptian youth online and offline political participation at the IX International Conference on Communication and Reality hosted by the Blanquerna University's School of Communication and International Relations on June 8, 2017. The paper was co-authored with Mohamed Gameel and published in the conference proceedings.

Dr. Mervat Abou Oaf
Mervat Abou Oaf Moderates NCW Conference on Women Role Endorsing ‘Soft Power’

8 Jun, 2017

As National Council for Women (NCW) member in the Foreign Affairs Committee Dr. Mervat Abou Oaf moderated and presented the one-day-extended conference organized by NCW, entitled The Role of Women in Supporting Egypt's Soft Power in collaboration with the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA). The conference was held in the Opera House on Wednesday, May 24 (9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) The event comes within the framework of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declaration of the year 2017 being that of Egyptian women. In her capacity as Chamber for Cinema Industry Consultant, Abou Oaf directed and engaged the panels at the conference in discussions emphasizing the influence of soft power in promoting cultural, economic and political positivism and moderation via tourism, art and drama, media, and sports; with special emphasis on women role in the process. The conference discussed the sources of women power, the concept of soft power and the role of women in supporting them. Read more news.





Dr. Naila Hamdy
Recent Publication

8 Jun, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy published a book chapter in newly launched edited by Zahera Harb, Senior Lecturer, City University, UK. The citation is “Hamdy, N. (2017). Reporting Egypt. In Reporting the Middle East: The Practice of News in the Twenty-first Century. Ed. I.B. Taurus. For more details please click here.

JRMC Department
Dr. Rasha Abdulla's Promotion

8 Jun, 2017

Dr. Rasha Abudulla  has been recently promoted to the rank of Professor. She has been awarded the promotion for maintaining and enhancing an already outstanding record of teaching and research since her tenure in 2010. Congratulations on a well-deserved promotion!

JRMC Department
End of Year Gathering

8 Jun, 2017

The JRMC department Chair, Dr. Naila Hamdy organized an end of academic year gathering to celebrate the efforts and dedication of all JRMC staff on May 18 at 1 pm. The chair and faculty members thanked and appreciated staff members for their sincere support to the faculty and students.



Dr. Naila Hamdy
MENA Region Media Schools Meeting in Jordan

1 Jun, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy attended the fourth meeting of MENA region media schools hosted by the Jordan Media Institute as a participant and panel moderator on May 24-25.  The event is part of a European Union funded MedMedia Initiative, that builds on previous meeting include the previous Cairo meeting hosted by the JRMC department in November, 2016.  The purpose of the network is to explore ways of improving journalism curricula as well as strengthening the network of media schools in the Southern Mediterranean Region that consist of journalism teachers and international experts from both sides of the Mediterranean.

Dr. Hussein Amin
Dr. Hussein Amin Honored For 25 Years of Commitment to AUC

1 Jun, 2017

Dr. Hussein Amin has been recognized for 25 years of service during the Senate Faculty Assembly Meeting held on May 14, 2017, at the American University in Cairo. Interim Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman, Dean of The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy Nabil Fahmy, and AUC Senate Chair Mohamed Naguib Abu Zeid presented Dr. Amin with a token of appreciation in recognition of his 25 years of academic excellence and contributions.



Dr. Rasha Abdulla
Rasha Abdulla's Research Appears in National Geographic

31 May, 2017

Rasha Abdulla, professor of journalism and mass communication, has her research featured in the cover story of the June 2017 issue of National Geographic.  (Scroll down for cover story)
 Abdulla collaborated with leading communication behavioral scientist Timothy Levine on a study that was featured in the cover story and based on which National Geographic designed an interactive quiz. The study link is featured in the story. The study, which analyzed motivations of lying across five different cultures, uses open ended accounts of over 500 respondents. In their conclusions, the researchers developed a cross-cultural typology of deception motives.

JRMC Department
AUC Commemorates Achievements in Community-Based Learning

31 May, 2017

The Academic Community Engagement (ACE) Awards Day was held on May 7, 2017 at Prince Waleed Hall to commemorate members of the AUC community who participated in the annual community-based learning programs. The event was attended by notable signatories including the Minister of Education and former Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering Tarek Shawky, whose mission to improve the quality of education extends to all sectors of society. Among these programs is the ACE Social Media Training the Trainer Program, an initiative in which JRMC faculty provided training and guidance to Egyptian TV journalists. The two-day training was organized by the department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dr. Naila Hamdy, Chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication,  Professors Firas Al Atraqchi, Rasha Allam, Galal Zaki, Alaa Abdel-Ghani, Tara Alkadi, Mohamed Gameel, and four students from the Caravan course; Mohamed Kouta, Dina Sabry, Ahmed Refai, and Nehal Sharaf, as well as staff Lamya Desokey, were among those who received awards and recognition for their participation in organizing the workshop. View pics here. Various members of AUC faculty also received recognition for their contributions to teaching and community-based development.
Amr Farouk, a journalist from Al Ahram was also awarded after having enrolled in a social media course at AUC.  “We took the course of social media over an extensive and concentrated two-day period in the New Campus,” said Farouk.  Not only did he recognize the content and techniques he learnt, but he also stressed on the importance of such certification to professional development and resumé-building.  
ACE event YouTube links: 1, 2



JRMC Department
Wish You a Blessed and Peaceful Ramadan

25 May, 2017




JRMC Department
The Fourty-Ninth African Journalists Workshop

24 May, 2017

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized the 49th African journalists workshop in association with the Union of African Journalists (UAJ) on Monday May 15, 2017. This event marks the 25th Anniversary of the launch of program at AUC. The journalists who attended the one-day workshop came from 20 countries across Africa. The workshop covered topics related to print media research, social media, news gathering, and print media management delivered by Hussein Amin, professor and director of the Kamal Adham Center, Kim Fox, associate professor of practice, and Rasha Allam, assistant professor. The bi-annual workshop comes within the framework of UAJ's and JRMC's role to train African cadres in the field of journalism to benefit all African countries. The training program that was introduced in 1992 under the supervision of Hussein Amin, has now developed into a network of journalists who have been trained and work all over African media.




Dr. Naila Hamdy
Global Affairs, Public Policy Executive Education offers Media Management Certificate

24 May, 2017

The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Executive Education, partnered with WIN WAN-IFRA, leading association for the world’s press, to annually offer the international Media Management Certificate in Arabic for the region for the first time at AUC.The program is offered to Arab women leaders in the media. Naila Hamdy, Chair, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, took the lead on curriculum development and customization for the region.
 
   

Dr. Hussein Amin
The Media Code of Ethics (CoE) Committee

24 May, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Adham Center Director Dr. Hussein Amin accepted the invitation to participate in the media code of ethics (CoE) committee. The committee, formed by the Broadcast Media Syndicate, is assigned to draft a new code of ethics for Egyptian broadcasters. Its responsibility is to develop the broadcasters' code of ethics governing their duties, rights and performance. According to law, the CoE committee held its preparatory meeting and examined different models of codes of ethics governing performance of broadcasters in different parts of the world. The CoE committee also looked into other codes of ethics as well as studies on specific issues in Egypt. Over the next six months as mandated by the law, the CoE committee will convene regularly to draft the code of ethics and to implement it in Egypt.

Dr. Ronnie Close
"Panorama" Professional Photography Website of Mada Masr

17 May, 2017

An ex-photo student has been published in the professional photography website Panorama, a section of Mada Masr. It is an impression project by Jihad Abaza and here is the link to view

Dr. Rasha Allam
Third Monthly Youth Conference

17 May, 2017

Dr. Rasha Allam, Assistant Professor, JRMC, was one of the main organizers of the "Monthly Youth conference" for the third time. The Third Monthly Youth Conference took place on April 25, 2017, at Ismalia governorate under the auspices of the President of the Republic, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.




Dr. Nagwa El Gazzar & Prof. Sherin Moody
Sherine Moody judges IMC graduation projects at Canadian International College

17 May, 2017

Dr. Nagwa El Gazzar, supervisor of IMC graduation projects at CIC and adjunct faculty of IMC at AUC,  invited  Prof. Sherin Moody to evaluate IMC projects of CIC. The committee consisted of Prof. Sherin Moody- Instructor of IMC at AUC, Mr. Halim Abu Seif – the PR Director at RADA Research and Public Relations, and Mr. Ahmed Abdoun – Managing Director of Creative Lab. “The strategic aspect is highly stressed, I liked the topics and students’ spirit of dedicated work”.  One of the topics “Awareness Campaign to fight illegal immigration of children”, was chosen by the supreme committee of illegal immigration to officially buy it and use it.  Another  topic “encouraging buying the Egyptian Products”, attracted the attention of  TV presenter- Mona El Shazly where she hosted them in her program, and Cairo Media school delivered the group a fully sponsored training program. “Most of groups were enthusiastic about their topics and executed excellent PR activities, beside creative advertising ideas”, Dr. El Gazzar mentioned.

Prof. Scott MacLeod
Scott MacLeod Serves on Overseas Press Club of America Jury

17 May, 2017

Scott MacLeod, professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and managing editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, served on the jury that honored journalist Masha Gessen with the 2016 Best Commentary Award from the Overseas Press Club of America at a gala awards dinner in New York on April 27. Gessen won for essays written for The New York Review of Books in which she “brilliantly deconstructed the Trump-Putin relationship, confronted unquestioned assumptions about how power works, and described a profound crisis of democracy.” Other members of the Best Commentary jury were Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project and former executive editor of The New York Times; Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; and David Shipley, executive editor of Bloomberg View. Previously, MacLeod served on the 2014 and 2015 juries for the Hal Boyle Award, honoring the best newspaper, news service, or digital reporting from abroad. 


Dr. Hussein Amin
Daily News Egypt Article on the Adham Center’s Recent Virtual Speaker Lecture

11 May, 2017

Please check the link to the article in Daily News Egypt on the Adham Center’s recent virtual speaker lecture with Vince Gonzales, who is an investigative journalist, professor of professional practice at the University of South California, and coordinator of the University’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s masters degree programme in journalism. He spoke to students about credible news-making on social media. The discussion was titled “Critical News-Making for Social Media.” The session was moderated by professor Dr. Hussein Amin, director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, and in the presence of guest of honour Mr. Brian A. Shott, press attaché at the US embassy.

Prof. Firas Al-Atraqchi
Toronto-based Arabic Language Canadawy Radio

11 May, 2017

On May 1, Firas Al-Atraqchi joined the crew of the Toronto-based Arabic language Canadawy radio station as a political analyst. His first report aired on May 7 and focused on strengthened military ties between Russia and Turkey.

Prof. Sean David Hobbs
JRMC 2201 on a Field Trip to the Associated Press

10 May, 2017

Sean Hobbs' JRMC 2201 class paid a special visit to  the Associated Press' offices in Zamalek on Tuesday, May 2. Students and Sean met with Middle East Editor Dan Perry and editor Lamia Radi and journalist Maggie Michael. 
The Editor Perry discussed the kind of commitment it takes to be a successful journalist in today's digital age. The students asked wide ranging questions from the kind of visual representations that the news should show about conflicts in Syria and Palestine to AP's role in Egypt and relationship with the Egyptian government.



Dr. Tara Al Kadi
Awarded Ph D from the University of Roehampton, UK, May 2017

10 May, 2017

JRMC Adjunct Faculty, Tara Al Kadi, has just got awarded Doctoral degree from the University of Roehampton on May 2nd upon passing the VIVA examination. Department: media and cultural studies. Title: TV Advertising and Product Placement Regulation in Egypt: Policy Developments and Audience and Industry Perspectives.



Dr. Rasha Abdulla
Broadcast Education Association Convention 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada.

4 May, 2017

Dr. Rasha Abdulla organized, moderated, and participated in a panel on public service broadcasting at the Broadcast Education Association convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April. The diverse panel hosted four reputed scholars from different parts of the world, who are all well published in the area of public service broadcasting in their respected territories. While Dr. Abdulla presented on the latest updates in public service broadcasting in Egypt, the panel also featured Dr. Des Freedman, Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, and project lead for the Future of Public Service Television Inquiry, who presented on public service television in the UK; Dr, Matthew Powers of the University of Washington - Seattle, who presented on "Insights from a comparative analysis of 12 democracies;" and Dr. Minna Aslama Horowitz of St. John's University, New York, who presented on the Global Public Service Media Experts Network, a project she coordinates which links public service media experts worldwide. The panel was warmly received with interesting questions and comments from the audience.


Dr. Naila Hamdy
The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2017 Convention

3 May, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy attended the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2017 Convention held April 22-25 to present a study on “teaching social media in Egyptian journalism and mass communication programs.” The presentation was made on a panel that addressed “Media Education for a Digital Generation in the Middle East” and chaired by Dr. Douglas Boyd, Professor, Department of Communication, School of Journalism and Media, University of Kentucky.




JRMC Department
JRMC Professors meet with DMJX Coordinator

3 May, 2017

At the 2017 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in April, Kim Fox (left) and Naila Hamdy (right) met with the coordinator of the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) Inger Munk (center). JRMC and DMJX have had a faculty and student exchange since 2011.


Prof. Scott MacLeod
The Overseas Press Club of America Jury

3 May, 2017

Scott MacLeod, professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and managing editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, served on the jury that honored journalist Masha Gessen with the 2016 Best Commentary Award from the Overseas Press Club of America at a gala awards dinner in New York April 27. Gessen won for essays written for The New York Review of Books in which she “brilliantly deconstructed the Trump-Putin relationship, confronted unquestioned assumptions about how power works, and described a profound crisis of democracy.” Other members of the Best Commentary jury were Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project and former executive editor of The New York Times; Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; and David Shipley, executive editor of Bloomberg View. Previously, MacLeod served on the 2014 and 2015 juries for the Hal Boyle Award honoring the best newspaper, news service, or digital reporting from abroad.

Dr. Mervat Abou Oaf
Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf Represents Chamber of Cinema Industry in 3rd CSR Annual Conference

27 Apr, 2017

In her capacity as Directory Board Consultant of the Chamber of Cinema Industry (CCI), Federation in Egypt, and a media law expert and educator, Dr. Abou Oaf participated in the conference promoting this round’s theme which witnessed the organization of the “First CSR Matchmaking Forum” providing the necessary platform for the Chamber to investigate and initiate potential collaboration with a variety of companies, universities, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), ministries and NGOs to negotiate and arrange CSR partnerships targeting development projects.
The Third Egyptian CSR Conference titled "Impact of CSR Initiatives on Improving Egypt’s Economic Competitiveness" conference was organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Cairo Office Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) with the support of the USAID in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce and Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, and was held on April 10-11, 2017 in Cairo, Egypt. Link here. Minister of Investment and International Cooperation HE Dr. Sahar Nasr speech in the event focused on the government's commitment to achieving comprehensive and sustainable development in Egypt together with the collaboration of the private sector's needed dedication to supporting the community. Abou Oaf was involved in discussions regarding the social compliance requirements and the potential role to be played by CCI among other ministries, chambers, universities, research centers, and NGOs in promoting and developing CSR policies in Egypt. The conference highlighted opportunities offered by businesses through CSR programs to create new jobs opportunities, to develop entrepreneurship, and to support supply chains.





Dr. Rasha Allam
Alexandria Media Forum

27 Apr, 2017

Dr. Rasha Allam, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication Department, was a keynote speaker during the opening session of Alexandria Media Forum on April 25, 2017. Dr. Allam's speech was on Creativity and Media Education in the Digital Era. The Opening session was attended by many important figures from media academics and media professionals, together with Mr. Ahmed Essmat, head of Alexandria Media Forum (second pic). The forum was covered by many media outlets, such as Al Watan Newspaper, Al Masry Al Youm, Alyoum7, and Extra News TV. See links here: 1, 2, and 3.

 




Prof. Salma Amer
Investigative TV Journalists as Guest Speakers in JRMC 3337

27 Apr, 2017

Over the past week, students of JRMC 337 TV Script writing and Production class delved into understanding the step by step process of in-depth investigative journalism. Part of this was watching and analyzing the political investigative documentary film Kornet. After breaking down their understanding of the films content, structure and outline; students were joined on April 26 by journalists Sayed Torky and Wael Mamdouh for an open discussion about their own process in unfolding the truth about arms smuggling routes to Egypt and through Sinai. The story specifically focuses on how certain weapons end up falling into the hands of Sinai based terrorist groups. Kornet was investigated by Sayed Torky and Wael Mamdouh in full production with ARIJ . The investigation narrated by Yosri Fouda aired on DW during February 2017.






Dr. Nagwa El Gazzar
Introduction to Advertising class visits Tarek Nour Communications

27 Apr, 2017

Dr. Nagwa El Gazzar and her JRMC 3315 students went on an exciting field  trip to TNC on Tuesday, February 28.  The class was hosted by Amira Atef, who guided the students in a tour inside the agency, visiting the studios and talking to professionals. Students toured inside DDB, and discussed several issues concerning advertising production with the managers.




Dr. Mervat Abou Oaf
National Council for Women and Egyptian Demographers Association Symposium

20 Apr, 2017

As a member of the National Council of Women (NCW)’s Foreign Affairs Committee, and a media law expert and educator, Dr. Abou Oaf delivered a presentation on “Media Role in the Political Awareness of Egyptian Women,”in a panel that included distinguished researchers demonstrating the current status of women in Egypt. The symposium dubbed “Egyptian Women Realism In light of the requirements and challenges of Egypt's vision for sustainable development 2030” was held on 4 April 2017, in the framework of collaborations between the National Council for Women and the Egyptian Demographers Association, at the headquarters of the Demographic Center in Cairo. In her presentation, Abou Oaf discussed the major challenges facing women’s stigmatized image in media in Egypt and worldwide, the media role in promoting political, health, cultural and educational awareness, the elimination of gender discrimination and the endorsement of equality, and equity all with special emphasis on establishing human principles of morality and humanity, developing a sense of pertinence and belonging to our Egypt.





Prof. Sean David Hobbs
JRMC 2201 on a Field Trip to DMC-TV

19 Apr, 2017

Prof. Hobbs and JRMC 2201 students went on an exciting trip to visit the well-known tv host and jrmc alum Ramy Radwan on the studio of Ramy's new show "8 Al-Sabah" at Egyptian Media Production City, on Tuesday March 28. It was informative to have Ramy show them all around 8 Al-Sabah's studio and also see the entire control room at DMC-TV. After showing them DMC-TV, Ramy spoke separately with the class for nearly 2 hours. It was really a special experience. The students enjoyed it and connected well with Ramy. 





Prof. Kim Fox
2017 Region 7 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards Finalists

19 Apr, 2017

Several JRMC students have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards as a finalists. This is a student competition. The award winners will be announced at the SPJ Region 7 Awards on May 6 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The details of the finalists are :
*Mariam Seif, Reem Mohamed and Hanien Gaballah (current students) JRMC 2202 Covering an Event Assignment Second University Forum Leaves the American University in Cairo Administration Disappointed and Students Furious **A finalist in two categories: Online News Reporting and Best Use of Multimedia. 
*Yasmine Hassan, Yasmine Shaheen and Farah Tawfeek (recent grads; all MMJ) JRMC 4480 Multimedia Journalism Capstone Group Project Excluded and Forgotten **A finalist in Online In-Depth Reporting category.
*Yasmine Hassan JRMC 4480 Multimedia Journalism Capstone Individual Project Egypt Floats the Pound. **A finalist in Online News Reporting category.
*Yasmeen Shaheen JRMC 4480 Multimedia Journalism Capstone Individual Project Egypt - A Transit Station? **A finalist in Online Feature Reporting category.

Dr. Ahmed Taher
Guest Speaker in Dr. Ahmed Taher's Class JRMC 4415

19 Apr, 2017

Students in the Public Relations Theory course taught by Dr. Ahmed Taher had a lecture by PR professional, Heba Selim, who managed PR for Coca Cola, Microsoft, and Vodafone. The lecture that took place on Monday, March 20, was on crisis management. Topics covered by Selim included speculating crisis scenarios to put an action plan in advance, and addressing media during a crisis. Many examples were used to deliver different concepts. Comments and questions kept flowing as the time for the class came to an end. Selim promised to come again toward the end of the semester to expand and enrich the topic of crisis management. 


Dr. Rasha Abdulla
Rasha Abdulla Records Podcast with UN Special Rapporteur

4 Apr, 2017

Rasha Abdulla, asssociate professor of journalism and mass communications, recorded a podcast on the issue of fake news with David Kaye, United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The podcast was part of a three-day conference hosted by Wilton Park in the United Kingdom. You can listen to the podcast here.

Dr. Mervat Abou Oaf
“AWLADNA International Arts Forum for the Gifted”

4 Apr, 2017

AWLADNA is launched under the auspices of HE President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi; the Ministry of Youth, embodied within the Egyptian Federation for Sports for the Disabled, as well as The Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Social Solidarity, Ministry of Immigration, and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Academy of Arts, the UNICEF, General Union of Professional Syndicates of Arts, and the Arab Artists Union.
Due to her expertise in the film industry domain and her extensive involvement in film festivals, Abou Oaf joined the Jury of “Awladna’s Creative Work of Films, Music, and Performances” sector. AWLADNA initiated the first round of our children with special needs’ forum on March 24, 2017, at the Grand hall, Cairo University. AWLADNA Forum comes as the first of its kind in Egypt, dedicated to feature the cultural and artistic work of the gifted, in pursuit of providing a venue to present their artistic and creative works to the whole world in the categories of: Cinema; Performance; Music; Handicrafts and Accessories; Painting and Fine Arts; and Sports.  More media coverage of the opening and closure ceremony.  



Dr. Rasha Allam
The Most Inspiring Women in Egypt and the Arab World Event

4 Apr, 2017

Dr Rasha Allam, Assistant Professor, was recognized by Cairo University among the "Most Inspiring Women" in Egypt and the Arab World event. The recognition ceremony took place on Thursday March 23 at Nile Towers Hotel.



Prof. Mona Salman
Guest Speaker in JRMC 4402

4 Apr, 2017

Mr Mahmoud Mosallam the chief editor of Al Watan newspaper and the DMC channel was our guest speaker on the 23rd of March in Arabic reporting class. This is a link to the coverage by the students of class for the lecture in the WordPress blog.



Prof. Sherin Moody
Introduction to Advertising Class (JRMC 3315) Presentations

4 Apr, 2017

Six groups presented a product or service that needed to be re-positioned during the Introduction to Advertising class taught by Professor Sherin Moody on March 30th. The products/services that were re-positioned were Luna, Omar Effendi, Best juice, Bon Appetit, Corona and Kalbaz. Each group changed the package, came up with a Big Unifying Idea (BUI), Slogan, Positioning Statement, A/V scripts and a series of TV and radio ads.






Prof. Sherin Moody
Guest Speaker in Prof. Moody's Class JRMC 3315

29 Mar, 2017

Dina El Hawary, Creative Director for DDB (Tarek Nour) delivered a lecture for the Introduction to Advertising class taught by Professor Sherin Moody on March 27th during assembly hour. Her lecture was about the campaign “Taa Marbota ة - Empowering Women” for  UNFPA and UN Women.  The lecture also covered the campaign for "Vodafone" which won an award at "Dubai Lynx." At the end, the lecture was open to questions.



Dr. Ronnie Close
JRMC 2230 Photography Field Trip

29 Mar, 2017

View some photos from a second filed trip to Moaz Street on Saturday 18th of March. The students had an assignment to photograph a stranger and spent the day asking people to stop and pose for an image. More details can be seen on the photography course blog here.



Dr. Ahmed Taher
Guest Speaker in Dr. Ahmed Taher's Class JRMC 4415

29 Mar, 2017

Students in the Public Relations Theory course taught by Dr. Ahmed Taher received a lecture by PR professional, Heba Selim, who managed PR for Coca Cola, Microsoft, and Vodafone. The lecture that took place on Monday, March 20, was on crisis management. Topics covered by Selim included speculating crisis scenarios to put an action plan in advance, and addressing media during a crisis. Many examples were used to deliver different concepts. Comments and questions kept flowing as the time for the class came to an end. Selim promised to come again toward the end of the semester to expand and enrich the topic of crisis management. 



Dr. Hussein Amin
The Adham Center Trains Group of 12 Gastroenterologists in How to Face the Media

29 Mar, 2017

The Professional Development Program at the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism conducted a day-long training for the World Endoscopy Organization. The training was centered around How to Face the Media and was specially tailored for Gastroenterologists from countries all around the world including Iran, Kuwait, Turkey, Vietnam, Egypt, Pakistan, Belgium, USA, Brazil, Taiwan, Chile and Romania. The first session was given by journalist Lena El Ghadban in which the doctors learned how to interact with the media during television interviews. They learned what to do and what not to do and received many tips on how to have a successful interview on live television.This session was followed by individual interview simulations for each of the doctors. The larger group of twelve was divided into two groups of six, each group being interviewed by journalist Lamia Radi or Shahira Amin in one of our two state-of-the-art television studios. The simulations were then followed by a critique session for all of the interviews, lead by the instructor and both anchors. During this session, the doctors were given constructive feedback on their performance during the mock interviews. This gave them the chance to fully grasp everything they had learned during the lecture and practiced during the interview simulations. At the end of the day, Dr. Hussein Amin, director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, joined the trainees to personally hand them their certificates.




Dr. Hussein Amin
The Egyptian Women Celebration - March 21, 2017

22 Mar, 2017

March 21, 2017 - Dr. Hussein Amin, Director of the Adham Center was invited to attend the Egyptian Women Celebration held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The celebration also marked mother's day. President El-Sisi delivered a speech honoring Egyptian women and their pivotal role in the society across the years. He also announced, in light of 2017 being the Year of the Woman, several plans towards more woman empowerment and support, calling on different ministries to partake in these projects. The festive ceremony included honoring mothers of the year in each governorate. This comes in line with Adham Center's recent protocol of cooperation signed with the The National Council for Women's Dr. Maya Morsi, to work on capacity building of women calibers on media related topics. Read more on the protocol here




Dr. Rasha Allam
The Egyptian Woman Celebration - March 21,2107

22 Mar, 2017

Dr. Rasha Allam was one of the main organizers of​ the Presidential Celebration of the Egyptian Woman day, where the ​President  ​of Egypt  announced the strategy for women empowerment until 2030. The event was attended by the Egyptian Cabinet and VIP figures and dignitaries form different fields​. Women from different fields and governorates were recognized for their role in the Egyptian societies. The event was covered by local, regional, and​ international ​media. 





Prof. Kim Fox
Kim Fox Facilitated a Podcasting Workshop as a part of the Digital Humanities Institute in Beirut

22 Mar, 2017

Kim Fox facilitated a Podcasting Workshop as a part of the Digital Humanities Institute in Beirut from March 10-12, 2017. The workshop focused on open source environments for the processing and dissemination of digital sound. Participants discussed podcast production and assessment of podcasts for teaching. For more information, visit the Digital Humanities Institute - Beirut. You can also see the tweets at #DHIB2017.





Dr. Ahmed Taher
Guest Speaker in Dr. Ahmed Taher's Class JRMC 4415

22 Mar, 2017

Dr. SherineZaklama, a leading PR professional who is responsible for the PR of the Egyptian government locally and globally, delivered a lecture in the Public Relations Theory class on March 9th. Her lecture “The Golden Gate to Behavior Change” presented a model for persuasive communication with the public to manage their perceptions, attitudes, and ultimately their behavior. Dr. Zaklama explained the cycle of behavior change, as well as the different approaches to reach that target. The lecture was concluded by students working in groups to develop highlights of their strategy to improve the image of Egypt abroad. 




Dr. Ronnie Close
Field Trip of JRMC 2230 Last Saturday

16 Mar, 2017

A selection of photos from a field trip with the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography class JRMC 2230 to Downtown area on March 11th, 2017. The day was spent doing portraits of strangers in the street, as part of the students' assignment. Later they visited Photo Cairo Exhibition in the Contemporary Image Collective.







Dr. Naila Hamdy
The Finish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) Seminar

16 Mar, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy participated in the FIME Seminar: Egypt as an International and Regional Actor with a lecture on the “Current State of Media in Egypt: Freedom’s and Constraints” on March 14, 2017, at AUC Tahrir Campus.



Dr. Rasha Allam
Guest Speaker in JRMC 4420 Class

16 Mar, 2017

Last week, Dr. Rasha Allam has invited Mr. Ahmed Fayek, head of AlNahar Network as a guest speaker in her JRMC 4420 course, Media Management, where he talked about different aspects of television programming and described the new business models of the television networks.



Prof. Ashraf Foda
Guest Speakers in JRMC 3305 Last Week

16 Mar, 2017

On Monday 6th of March, Ms. Zeinab Khashab, makeup artist, jewelry designer & beauty photographer gave a talk about “Designing your Look” which covered topics like basic understanding of face structure, general tips on makeup and photography. As well as total look designs for various functions, theatre, runway, tv or personal looks. Ms. Zeinab is an AUC graduate with BSC of construction Engineering with minor in Art and Architecture.



On Thursday 9th of March, Mrs. Deena Fadel - artist, designer, and founder of Joud home accessories - gave a talk about design, art and how to start a design based project. It was a very inspiring talk and will definitely get you going for your project. Mrs. Deena is an AUC graduate with BA in Mass Communication (IMC) and Art, featured in buzz feed as one of the top 16 female entrepreneurs changing the way business is done in the Middle East. 





Dr. Rasha Abdulla
Rasha Abdulla's Renewed Membership of UN Internet Governance Forum

9 Mar, 2017

Rasha Abdulla, JRMC associate professor, has been renewed for a second year on the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Appointments to this expert group are made by the UN secretary-general in a highly selective process that produces the organizing committee of the annual IGF convention. This year's Internet Governance Forum is to be held in Geneva in December 2017. Abdulla has been leading the working group assigned with revamping the Internet Governance Forum session review and evaluation processes.

Dr. Ahmed Taher
Guest Speaker at AHRA, Alexandria.

9 Mar, 2017

Dr. Ahmed Taher, JRMC assistant professor, was invited by Alexandria Human Resources Association (AHRA) to deliver an honorary lecture titled “Employer Branding.” The lecture was attended by 58 HR directors and managers. It took place at TOLIP Royal Hotels in Alexandria on February 18th, 2017. Dr. Taher gave a lecture on the usage of social media to achieve employer branding equity, emphasizing on what makes a great employer brand.




Dr. Rasha Allam
Recent Publication

9 Mar, 2017

Rasha Allam, Assistant Professor, has published a policy paper at the Policy Brief Series by the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy titled "Egypt's New Regulatory Media System: Challenges and Opportunities." The paper discusses Law 92 for 2016 that was ratified by the President of the Republic.

Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf
JRMC Department Celebrates Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf's Doctoral Degree

9 Mar, 2017

In a highly festive atmosphere, the JRMC Department celebrated Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf's earning her doctoral degree at an event attended by GAPP's associate dean of graduate studies, JRMC chair and associate chair, faculty, staff, students and guests. Splendid highlights of the event included a pre-recorded song by Prof. Galal Zaki and beautiful daughter Rula Zaki!



Prof. Kim Fox
Studying Abroad in Denmark: JRMC Students Share Their Experience

2 Mar, 2017

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) and the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) have had a student and faculty exchange program since 2011. Recent students, majoring in multimedia journalism (MMJ) who have traveled to DMJX in Aarhus to study abroad, shared their experience as student journalists in Denmark last Sunday Feb 26 assembly hour. Panelists were Nour Ibrahim (Spring 2016) and Youssef Shaalan (Fall 2016). For more details, see the JRMC FB event page


Dr. Naila Hamdy
Guest Speaker in Dr. Naila's Graduate Class

1 Mar, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy invited Award Winning Investigative Reporter Hisham Allam to discuss how he conducts and distributes his reports in Egypt and detail his work with the Panama Papers team who revealed the secrets of the offshore world to JRMC 5502 Current Issues class on February 19, 2017. 

Prof. Kim Fox
Panel Discussion: JRMC Students Study Abroad

1 Mar, 2017

JRMC students Mariam Elmenoufi (MMJ), Nour Eltigani (IMC), Omar Elkashawy (MMJ & POLS), and Hussein Shaker (IMC) shared their study abroad experiences at last week's panel discussion held on Feb 15th assembly hour. They shared tips for traveling, cooking and eating and projects they produced while away from Cairo. Pictured from left to right: Nour Eltigani, Mariam Elmenoufi, Hussein Shaker and Omar Elkashawy. See more pics on the JRMC FB page.



Dr. Ahmed Taher
The Public Relations Theory course JRMC 4415

1 Mar, 2017

As part of AUC's experiential learning, students in the Public Relations Theory course JRMC 4415 taught by Dr. Ahmed Taher met with clients seeking PR campaigns to raise awareness and/or to attract donors. Two of those beneficiaries are within AUC; the Career Center, and the GAPP Executive Education. The other two are devoted to charity and community service represented in Ganat El Kholoud and Mahatat foundations. Students are expected to come up with integrated PR plans by the end of the semester having a great chance that their projects would be executed on the ground and securing them an internship or permanent jobs.

Dr. Ronnie Close
The Photo Cairo Sixth Festival

23 Feb, 2017

Dr. Ronnie Close is exhibiting a new film called 'Wander Lines' as part of the Photo Cairo 6th Festival, which opened on Wednesday 15th of February and will last for 5 weeks. This is a series of exhibitions and events across the city of photography and film works. Prof. Ronnie is part of one film exhibition in the Saad Zaghoul Center, near the metro station off Kasr El Aini. See more details on the Contemporary Image Collective website.

Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf
Prof. Abou Oaf Jury Member at “Awladna International Arts Forum for the Gifted”

23 Feb, 2017

Professor Mervat Abou Oaf has been selected to serve as a Jury member in the first edition of the “Awladna International Arts Forum for the Gifted” that the Arab Republic of Egypt is launching under the auspices of “The Ministry of Youth,” embodied within the “Egyptian Federation for Sports for the Disabled,” “The Ministry of Tourism,” “Ministry of Social Solidarity,” “Ministry of Immigration,” and “Egyptian Expatriates Affairs,” “Ministry of Culture,” “Academy of Arts,” the UNICEF, “General Union of Professional Syndicates of Arts,” and the “Arab Artists Union.” Due to her expertise and vast connections and interaction in the domain of festivals, and due to her enrich knowledge in making sound fair judgments of such a competition, Abou Oaf has been invited to join the Jury judging “Awladna Creative Work of Films, Music, and Performances.”Awladna Forum comes as the first of its kind in Egypt, dedicated to feature the cultural and artistic work of the gifted, in pursue of providing a venue to present their works to the whole world in the categories of: Cinema; Performance; Music; Handicrafts and Accessories; Painting and Fine Arts; and Sports. The Federation Chairperson Eng. Amal Mobadda, and Festival Founder/Director Dr. Soheir Abdel Kader organize the event. A Grand Press Conference is held Feb. 5 at 12 noon, in Zamalek, to announce the inauguration of the first edition of “Awladna International Forum” Forum for the Gifted” The press conference is attended by leading and prominent celebrities and political figures, and is covered by media channels.






Dr. Hussein Amin
Kamal Adham Center Celebrates 25th Graduating Class

22 Feb, 2017

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo (AUC) hosted its annual awards dinner to celebrate the 25th graduating class of the Master’s in Television and Digital Journalism program. Hussein Amin, director of the Kamal Adham Center, delivered the keynote address welcoming attendees, the graduating class, and their families and friends. Amin also recognized this year’s guest of honor, veteran journalist Moufid Fawzy, for a lifetime of achievement in the fields of print and broadcast journalism. Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at AUC, presented the award. For more on the event pictures as appeared on the GAPP School's website, click here.
In addition to more links to the center's graduation event on TV Channels:
1-Interview with Dr. Amin on DMC’s 8 AM show with Ramy Radwan (Feb. 15, 2017).
2-Interview with Dr. Amin and Adham Center graduates on MBC Masr 2’s Sabahek Bel Masry show with Seham Saleh (Feb. 15, 2017):
3-DMC Report on Annual Dinner:
4-MBC Masr Report on Annual Dinner:
5-Dream TV Report on Annual Dinner:
6-Facebook post on Dr. Amin and students’ guest appearance on MBC Masr 2.
More Media Coverage:
1.AlMasry Al Youm
2.Onaeg.com
3. Alaan.org
4. Elcinema.com 
5. Elgornal.net
6. Sada el Balad
7. El Youm 7
8. Elfagr.org
9.Elwatannews.com
10.Elwast.net
11.El Nada News



Prof. Galal Zaki
Watch Rula Zaki & Galal Zaki "When You're Smiling...."on YouTube‎

22 Feb, 2017

Check the link for the song that Rula Zaki and her father Galal Zaki produced. The song is originally in English and they both produced the Arabic lyrics. It was aired on radio stations such as Radio 9090 FM. Following that, other radio channels asked them to produce several old time favorites in Arabic and English.

JRMC Department
AUC's Midyear Commencement February 2017

15 Feb, 2017

The midyear commencement ceremony saw the graduation of 71 JRMC bachelor’s degree candidates, and 7 JRMC Master’s degree candidates at the February 2017 commencement. It is remarkable that at both the graduate and undergraduate commencements, the commencement speeches were given by JRMC major students. Arpi Khatcherian, graduate class representative, and Mahmoud Elrayes, undergraduate class representative, IMC major. 




Prof. Kim Fox
Two JRMC Student Winners for 2017 BEA Media Festival of Arts Award

15 Feb, 2017

JRMC had five submissions/entries and we have two first place award winners in two different categories. From JRMC 4460 Audio Production class: First Place for Student Audio in the Educational Program category: Abdallah Abdeldayem, major: multimedia journalism; "More Than Just a Game: A Documentary about Professional Video Gaming in Egypt". Listen to the audio on SoundCloud.
It's worth to announce that students from JRMC 2202 Multimedia Writing class have won an award as well. First Place in the Student Interactive Multimedia Competition (small team): Mariam Seif, Reem Mohamed, Hanien Gaballah produced multimedia coverage of the Second University Forum Leaves the American University in Cairo Administration Disappointed and Students Furious. Congratulations to our award winning students in this international competition.!  

Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf
Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf Moderating “Cinema Memory / ذاكرة السينما” Screening Session

13 Feb, 2017

Prof. Abou Oaf moderated the premiere screening of the documentary “Cinema Memory” directed by filmmaker Sherif Fathy Salem in The History of Egyptian Cinema Seminar, jointly organized by AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication on Feb 1, from 1-3 pm, at the AUC Library. Abou Oaf conducted the discussion with guest speakers: Salem, renowned veteran and the oldest Egyptian movies set photographer Mohamed Bakr, as well as the High Cinema Institute photography professor Dr. Hussein Bakr. The documentary illustrated the role of the ‘movies set still photographer’ a profession that almost disappeared when digital cinema came out.
The screening was very well attended and impressively received by all audience. Students' enthusiasm and engagement in the discussion echoed the central message of the documentary reflecting the importance of film history in Egypt, one of the world pioneers in film industry, signifying that Egyptian film cinematography treasures are worth being preserved and proficiently archived. View few pics here

Prof. Alaa Abdel-Ghani
Article on the Africa Cup of Nations

13 Feb, 2017

Adjunct faculty, Alaa Abdel-Ghani, wrote an article in the sports section of Al-Ahram Weekly issue of Feb 9-15, 2017, titled "We almost did it :Egypt was close to winning the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but no cigar." Read full article here

Prof. Mervat Abou Oaf
Mervat Abou Oaf Directory Board Consultant of the Chamber of Cinema Industry (CCI), Federation in Egypt

8 Feb, 2017

Professor Mervat Abou Oaf has been assigned the position of "Consultant of the Board of Directors to the Chamber of Cinema Industry (CCI) in Egypt" in it's Legislative Commission. The Chamber of Cinema Industry is a member of the Federation of Egyptian Industries, which is part of the Ministry of Industry. It is affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, the Academy of Arts, the General Union of Professional Syndicates of Arts, Arab Artists Union, and the Censorship Directorate of Artistic Works among others. The CCI board includes associates in charge of all affairs related to the film industry and acts as the negotiator between the industry, the Cinema Syndicate members and the state. CCI includes personnel in charge of the industry including production company owners, distributors, movie theaters and lab owners. As such, the chamber arbitrates in dealings pertinent to the film industry in Egypt and overseas, as well as in problems arising among its stakeholders. Abou Oaf focuses on addressing affairs such as piracy, censorship, barriers to foreign film production in Egypt, fostering Independent film making, government intervention, bureaucracy and other affairs regulating the film industry in Egypt.




Prof. Ashraf Foda
Recent Commercials Production

8 Feb, 2017

Vision Advertising just launched their first work for IFFCO Egypt, two campaigns for Sunny cooking oil and Fern ghee. The Sunny campaign is a tribute to women who are challenging the status quo in the Egyptian society, supporting them setting an example for others to follow. The Fern campaign is a celebration of Egyptian food culture and the artists behind the famous Egyptian street restaurants. Highlighting their craftsmanship and their attention to detail in their ingredients.
Sunny
https://youtu.be/wuFWA_iYul8
A tribute to women who are challenging the status quo in the Egyptian society, supporting them setting the example for others to follow.
Fern: https://youtu.be/XOrU7e10H-8
Celebrating the Egyptian food culture and the artists behind the famous Egyptian street restaurants. Highlighting their craftsmanship and their attention to detail in their ingredients.
 
2B Computerhttps://youtu.be/lFp4fUY4CMo
Follow the unfortunate life of young man as his luck change with a twist at the end.


Prof. Randa Shaath
The Fotomuseum Winterthur Event, Switzerland, January 27-29,2017

6 Feb, 2017

Adjunct professor Randa Shaath was one of 10 experts discussing the projects of the 42 winning photographers from all around the world at Fotomuseum Winterthur Switzerland. The event took place January 27- 29, 2017 and marked the 17th round of «Plat(t)form», a portfolio viewing for up-and-coming artists and photographers. Plat(t)form» will provide artists from Europe with the possibility to get in touch with experts and present their work or portfolio to an interested public. In collaboration with Fotomuseum Winterthur, Pro Helvetia has invited six international curators who will introduce themselves in short presentations.
The experts invited by the museum were Milena Carstens, executive photo editor Zeit Magazin, Hamburg; Zak Kyes, art director and curator Zak Group, London; Lesley A. Martin, Aperture Books, New York; Diane van der Marel, collector and founder / Evelien Kunst, fellowship director, MIAP Foundation; Francesco Zanot, chief curator CAMERA, Turin; Thomas Seelig, director Fotomuseum Winterthur, and the Pro Helvetia guests were Ann-Christin Bertrand (DE), Cai Meng (CN), Azu Nwagbogu (NG), Randa Shaath (EG), Nadya Sheremetova (RU), Nishant Shukla (IN).

Dr. Hussein Amin
Kamal Adham Center Signs Protocol of Cooperation with National Council for Women

6 Feb, 2017

On Wednesday, February 1, Hussein Amin, Director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at American University in Cairo, signed a cooperation protocol with Maya Morsi, president of The National Council for Women, to initiate cooperation between the two institutions with regard to women's development.  Hussein Amin praised the Council's efforts to improve the conditions of the Egyptian women, pointing to the importance of the year 2017 being a year of Egyptian women, stressing that all institutions should cooperate in the empowerment of women in all fields and to show their positive role in the world. Morsi has expressed her great happiness having signed the Protocol, indicating that it intended to carry out various activities for the development of Egyptian women's capabilities and skills, including the preparation of development programs for women cadres in various media and political fields. In addition, the two sides agreed on producing joint Public Service Announcements (PSA) aimed to raise awareness of women's issues and their main role in society. The PSAs will be aired in all media channels during 2017, the year of Egyptian women. 



JRMC Department
Graduate Students Theses Defense Fall & Winter 2017

30 Jan, 2017

-Student: Mohamed Moustafa Gameel . Title: The Image of Turkey in Egyptian Media: Content and Discourse Analysis of the Coverage in three Egyptian News papers. Adviser: Dr. Naila Hamdy. First reader: Dr. Hussein Amin. Second reader: Dr. Aliaa Dawoud.
-Student: Ahmed Sabri. Title: Cultivation Effects of Saudi Newspapers on Estimates of Expat crimes. Adviser: Dr. Amani Ismail. Firs reader: Dr. Ahsan Ullah. Second reader: Professor Firas Al Atraqshi.
-Student: Mona Rady. Title: Egyptian Food and Beverage Advertising Viewed by Egyptian Children . Adviser: Dr. Naila Hamdy . First reader: Dr. Rasha Allam. Second reader: Dr. Aliaa Dawoud.
-Student: Arpi Sarkis. Title: The Images of Alcohol and Abstinence in Egyptian Films A Content Analysis . Adviser: Dr. Naila Hamdy. First reader: Dr. Hussein Amin. Second reader: Dr. Rasha Allam.
-Student: Caroline Mitry. Title: Are we Intensifying the Stigma? A content analysis of movies portraying mental and psychological illness in Egyptian Cinema . Adviser: Dr. Amani Ismail. First reader: Dr. Kate Ellis. Second reader: Professor Ashraf Foda.
-Student: Reham Salem. Title: Impact of TV Terrorism News on Egyptian Perception of national Security Measures and civil Liberties: A Cultivation Study. Adviser: Dr. Amani Ismail. First reader: Dr. Allison Hodgkins. Second reader: Dr. Maha Bali.
-Student: Montiana Bahgat. Title: Visual Rhetoric and World Cinema : Mapping Cultural Identity in Popular Non-Western Film. Adviser: Dr. Ronnie Close. First reader: Dr. Amani Ismail. Second reader: Dr. Iman  Hamam.
-Student: Nashwa Eldegheidy. Title: Social Media References in Egyptian Newspapers: the use of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and whatsApp in AlAhram, AlMasry AlYoum, and AlWafd Newspapers. Adviser: Dr. Hussein Amin. First reader: Dr. Maha ElTarabishi. Second reader: Dr. Rasha Allam.
View few photos here

Prof. Kim Fox
The 2017 Reynolds Business Journalism Week in Phoenix, Arizona.

30 Jan, 2017

Fox was one of eight journalism educators selected to receive fellowships. Participants heard from leaders in the journalism industry like Steven Levy, editor in chief of Back Channel, an online portal for tech industry news and Walter Robinson, editor-at-large at the Boston Globe Robinson led the investigation of the sexual abuse scandal at the Catholic Church in Boston which the movie "Spotlight" was based on. There were many learning opportunities including sessions on community business reporting and how to report on millennials in addition to workshops on teaching business journalism and creating a business journalism syllabus. Fox hopes to share her new knowledge of business journalism in her courses and she will encourage JRMC to consider a special topics course on business journalism in the near future.
Picture is Fox at the desk of Cronkite News as a part of the tour of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication facilities.



Dr. Hussein Amin
Hussein Amin Invited to Join Editorial Board of JMC Quarterly

29 Jan, 2017

Hussein Amin, professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, accepted the invitation to join the Editorial Board of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (formerly known as Journalism Quarterly JQ). Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ) is the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). It is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal ranked in the Journal Citation Reports that focuses on research in journalism and mass communication. Established in 1924, JMCQ or the Quarterly is the oldest refereed scholarly journal in mass communication and provides leadership in scholarship for the field. It serves all the divisions and interest groups of AEJMC and publishes original articles and book reviews on topics including but not limited to theoretical and methodological developments in journalism and mass communication, international communication, media technologies and society, advertising, public relations, journalism history, media law and policy, media management and economics, political communication and health communication. Amin is the first Egyptian and Arab to be invited to serve on the Quarterly’s Editorial Board. Link to the journal.



Dr. Naila Hamdy
Guest Lecturer at the American University in the Emirates

29 Jan, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy gave a guest lecture at the American University in the Emirates on January 10th, 2017. The title of the lecture was “The State of Media in Egypt, Today”, addressing the background and current status of media in terms of content and form.

Dr. Naila Hamdy
Provost's "Certificate of Appreciation".

29 Jan, 2017

Dr. Naila Hamdy received The Provost Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of exceptional efforts in recruiting to participate in the Provost’s Teaching Enhancement Initiative, October, 2017.



JRMC Department
Season's Greetings from the JRMC Department

22 Dec, 2016


Dr. Naila Hamdy
“Combating Hate Speech” Follow up Seminar

22 Dec, 2016

The department of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted a follow up to last year’s “Combating Hate Speech” seminar in partnership with the Egyptian Media Development Program and The Ethical Journalism Network. The Seminar took place on December 19-20, 2016, Tahrir Campus. Faculty and media professionals attended the seminar from Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian Territories, Morocco, Tunisia and the UK.  The Keynote speech “Latest developments on the hate speech front regionally and globally” was delivered by Dr. Rasha Abdulla. Caroline Elias, Sarah Eissa and Yasmine Azzay, JRMC graduate students and teaching assistant discussed the draft of a hate speech glossary authored under the supervision of Dr. Naila Hamdy on a panel during the seminar. The guideline was well received and will be revised to incorporate advise from participants and for use as a tool for professionals. The next meeting will take place at the Jordan Media Institute. View pics and program here

Dr. Naila Hamdy
The CMA (JRMC 4482) Final Capstone Presentations

22 Dec, 2016

This year, the CMA final capstones were widely diverse in their topics:
Omar Salem, Mariam Selim, Sadeen Nagro, and Habiba Tarek Hashish’s project, Matsbhash “don’t leave it”, won the first. This project was designed to cheer Egyptian spirit and encourage tourism. Mariam Afifi, Youssef Hadidi, Youssef Tantawi, and Omar Arafa won the second place. Their project  Shog’lak Farek’ “Your work will make a difference” was aiming to encourage Egyptian to work because each one can contribute positively to the overall economic outcome. Sara Tarek and Sara Khaled received special recognition for their projects: Memory Makers; Wedding Planning and O’ada Bsharasheeb. 


Dr. Rasha Abdulla
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico, December 2016

15 Dec, 2016

Dr. Rasha Abdulla participated in the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico, from December 5-9, 2016. Organized by the United Nations, the IGF is the largest gathering of Internet experts from a multistakeholder perspective, bringing together government representatives, activists, academics, technical experts, and the business community. Dr. Abdulla is part of the organizing committee of the IGF, in her capacity as a member of the United Nations IGF Multistake holder Advisory Group, a group of experts appointed by the UN Secretary General to organize the IGF and to advise on matters of Internet policies worldwide.

The father of the Internet, Mr. Vint Cerf, addressing the IGF.


Mexican Mariachi at the opening ceremony of the IGF.

 



Dr. Hussein Amin & Dr. Rasha Allam
The Second Youth Conference December 2016

15 Dec, 2016

Dr. Rasha Allam was one of the main organizers of the Second Youth Conference that witnessed participation of faculty and students from the department of Journalism and Mass Communication . Dr. Hussein Amin took part in the activities of the conference and three students participated in the conference activities namely Mohamed Kouta, Caravan editor in chief, Heba Fouad, Caravan Arabic managing editor, and Abdel Hamid Mahmoud, JRMC graduate. The Second Youth Conference took place on Saturday December 10, 2016 at AlMasa hotel, Cairo



Dr. Naila Hamdy
"Dynamics of Change: Media and the Public Sphere in Egypt" Conference

14 Dec, 2016

Dr. Naila Hamdy was invited to participate on a roundtable to discuss "New Spaces the n the Public Sphere: Local and Community" within a conference addressing issues related to "Dynamics of Change: Media and the Public Sphere in Egypt" held at the Free University of Berlin, December 8-10, 2016. For more info click here.

JRMC
Call for Papers: CPD-Oxford University Conference

14 Dec, 2016

USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Call for Papers


Dr. Hussein Amin
The 48th African Journalists Workshop December 5, 2016

8 Dec, 2016

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism and The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized the 48th African journalists workshop in association with the Union of African Journalists on December 5, 2016. The journalists who attended the one-day workshop came from 20 countries across Africa namely Angola, Botswana, Chad, Cote d’ Ivoire, Democratic of Congo, Djibouti, Gabon,Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan,Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The Workshop covered topics related to Print Media Research, Social Media, News Gathering, and Print Media Management by Dr. Hussein Amin, Professor and Director of the Kamal Adham Center, Prof. Kim Fox, Associate Professor of Practice, and Dr. Rasha Allam, Assistant Professor. The training program that was started in 1992 under the supervision of Dr. Hussein Amin, has now developed into a network of journalists who have been trained at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, and work all over African media. View photos.

Dr. Hussein Amin
Round Table Discussion at the School of Communication, Cairo University

8 Dec, 2016

Dr. Hussein Amin took part in Cairo University's School of Communication initiative to Support Maspero (ERTU). Dr. Amin's role as a respondent on the presentations made by Leaders of Egyptian Radio and Television Union -ERTU- and concerned academics. The round table discussion took place at the school of Communication, Cairo University on December 7, 2016.


Heba ElShahed
Guest Speakers in Adjunct Faculty, Heba ElShahed, JRMC 2270 Class

8 Dec, 2016

Ms. Christine Arida gave a guest speaker's session on November 20th for Online Communication Class (JRMC 2270), where she discussed history and development of the Internet in Egypt and had a Q&A session with students with regards to laws and policies governing the internet in Egypt. Ms. Arida is a member of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum MAG. She is the Egyptian government permanent representative on the MAG. Ms. Arida has been working in the IT field in Egypt for almost 20 years. She is now at the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

In addition, Dr Gihan Saadawi, CEO Ahl Masr Foundation presented to Online Communication (JRMC 2270) students a session on Ahl Masr' social media strategies and initiatives. Dr Saadawi and Ahl Masr Marketing Team presented on Wednesday November the 30th.



Prof. Kim Fox
JRMC 4480 Multimedia Journalism Capstone Presentation Websites

1 Dec, 2016

Prof. Kim Fox's JRMC 4480 Multimedia Journalism Capstone Presentations were held on Tuesday November 29 in P007 hall from 2-4 pm. Each of the groups produced all of the content on the websites. If interested in seeing their websites, please check below. 
Revive Downtown
Nile Pollution
Egypt's Brain Drain
Egyptian Identity
Egy Organics
Able to Aspire
Excluded and Forgotten
Depressed Citizens of Egypt



Dr. Hussein Amin
The Global Informatics Forum (GIF) November 2016

30 Nov, 2016

The Global Informatics Forum 2016 (GIF) was held under the auspices of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Kuwait. The forum covered various scientific and practical lines related to the digital age and creative technologies. Dr. Hussein Amin, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, participated among a group of experts and specialists who took part in the activities of the three-day forum from November 21 - 23, 2016, under the title of ‘Digital Transformation Toward Knowledge Economy.’ Further, the activities included a ‘Marketplace of Ideas’ exhibition, displaying future technologies, applications and digital creations of public and private establishments on both Arab and international levels, including researchers from the Arab world and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Several Topics were addressed during the forum tackling subjects that included smart cities, the latest in the world of robots, using iClouds, creativity in using financial technologies, best practices of developing mobile phone applications, 3D printers and their uses, comparison between actual and virtual reality techniques, in addition to the latest on automation techniques. Open session speakers included Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Justice Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sabah, Dr. Hussein Amin, Journalism & Mass Communication Department -School of Global Affairs and Public Policy , and Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Labs. In his opening remarks, Dr. Amin discussed Media Digitization and Knowledge Economy. The Forum took place at Arraya Ballroom in Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Dr. Naila Hamdy
Media and Digital Literacy in the Arab World Lecture

30 Nov, 2016

Recognizing the importance of media and digital competence and the broader social, legal and ethical aspects of digital use, the department of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted the Director of the Media and Digital Literacy Beirut Academy and a member of the faculty at the American University in Beirut last week. The speakers Lubna Maaliki, Director of MDlab and Sarah Mallat, Assistant Professor, AUB gave a lecture Wednesday November 23rd assembly hour on Media and Digital Literacy in the Arab World engaging students and faculty in discussions on harnessing the power of digital and social media for education and civic engagement in the region.
 



Prof. Sherin Moody
JRMC 3355 Students conduct a PSA

30 Nov, 2016

Professor Sherin Moody in the Creative Strategy and Advertising Copywriting class (JRMC 3355) last week had her students conduct a Public Service Announcement (PSA)- "Against Domestic Violence in Egypt ". The class was divided into groups where they had to write copy for TV, radio and outdoor advertising where they also executed the ads. They presented their work in class.



Dr. Naila Hamdy
The Third Networking Event of Journalism and Media Schools from the MENA Region

23 Nov, 2016

The department of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted the Medmedia third network of Journalism and Media Schools from the MENA region on November 20-21, 2016. Organized with the Blanquerna School of Communication, Barecelona and with funds from the European Union through the MedMedia programme, the department was able to host participants from a large number of schools located in the South Basin of the Mediterranean. Representatives from programs in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Beirut and Jordan attended the two-day conference to complete work begun at the first two meetings held in Morocco and Helsinki. Within the framework of the conference the department was able to invite AUC faculty and students and other members of the community to attend and contribute to two panel discussions, addressing “Best Practices of Media literacy” and “strategies to bridge the gap between industry and Journalism and Media Education. Other sessions addressed the authoring of a handbook of journalism and media education trends and future medmedia projects. The meeting was successful and members of the network will meet again at the Jordan Media Institute in May. For more information on the MedMedia programme click here, and for more information the Blanquera School of communication click here . For gallery of conference pictures please click here

Dr. Rasha Abdulla
The National Communication Association Convention in November 2016

23 Nov, 2016

Dr. Rasha Abdulla participated in the 102nd National Communication Association convention in Philadelphia in November. She delivered two presentations on two different panels. The first one was entitled, "Lessons in Democracy Leading to the Egyptian Revolution: The ‘We Are All Khaled Said’ Facebook Page" and was presented as part of the partnership on digital divide forum. The second one was "New Media as Vital Alternative Voices: The Cases of Mosireen and Kazeboon from the Egyptian Revolution" and was presented as part of a panel on the age of new media.

Dr. Rasha Allam
First Annual Youth Conference October 2016

23 Nov, 2016

Dr. Rasha Allam, Journalism and Mass Communication Dept, has participated in the First Annual Youth Conference that was held in Sharm El Sheikh from October 25-27 under the Patronage of the President of the Republic, Abdel Fatah Al Sisi. The conference was attended by the President of the Republic, Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, the Egyptian cabinet, political parties, media professionals, celebrities, and more than 3000 youth representing most of the universities, governorates, and political parties.


Prof. Kim Fox
JRMC 4460 Visit to Nile FM

23 Nov, 2016

Students in Kim Fox's Audio Production course visited Nile FM at the Egyptian Media Production City on Tuesday, Nov. 15. They met Mark and Sally from the morning show along with Mickey and Zeinab, who are on in the afternoon. In addition to the meet and greet, they took a tour of the studios, had lunch w/the Nile FM team and took home some Nile FM gear.


JRMC Department
CBL Training Course: Journalism Training that Combines Ideals with Hands-on Practice

16 Nov, 2016

The JRMC department has completed the training of twenty-five journalists from the Egyptian Television as part of AUC’s community engagement and as a precursor to the introduction of a Community Based Learning course CBL on November 15, 2016.  The two day workshop addressed various areas of theoretical and hands-on practical training in journalism, social media use, media ethics, image capturing and other related areas. Several full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, a graduate student, and the Caravan senior editors volunteered their time to this endeavor. View photos here

Dr. Hussein Amin
“Media and Culture: A symposium organized by the journal Arab Media & Society”

15 Nov, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy held “Media and Culture: A symposium organized by the journal Arab Media & Society” in AUC Tahrir’s Oriental Hall. The event included a panel discussion with Dr. Mohi El Din Afifi, Secretary General of Al Azhar Islamic Research Academy, Dr. Mustafa Feki, noted political thinker and analyst, and Dr. Sami Al Sherif, Dean of the Faculty of Mass Communication at MTI University. Dr. Hussein Amin, professor of journalism and Director of the Adham Center moderated the event. The lively discussion, initially between panel members, then with the audience, examined how the media influences the formation of Arab cultural identity. Panel members grappled with questions of religious messaging, ethics in popular television and online content, and cross-cultural influences.
The event was well attended by media and members of the local academic community, including private satellite and national channels and publications, and students and faculty from AUC, Al Azhar, Cairo and Ain Shams universities, among others. The event was a precursor to Arab Media & Society’s upcoming special issue on “Media and Culture” set for publication on December 15. 

Prof. Kim Fox
Multimedia Writing Students Coverage

15 Nov, 2016

Students in JRMC 2202-02, the Multimedia Writing course, selected last week's November 9th University Forum as their event to cover for a class assignment. It was a last minute decision, they had a tight deadline and as students in JRMC, it was a first-hand learning experience. http://bit.ly/AUCfees16

JRMC Department
Guest Speaker in Heba ElShahed's Class

15 Nov, 2016

On November 2, 2016, Mai shamseldin, a journalist from Mada Masr independent online news website was a guest speaker to Heba ElShahed, Adjunct faculty, Online communication class JRMC2270. Eldin discussed the recent changes that took place recently within the journalism environment in Egypt, particularly after Jan 25th revolution. 

Prof. Scott Macleod
The Cairo Review Mock U.S. Presidential Election

10 Nov, 2016

Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by only a few votes in the Cairo Review mock U.S. presidential election held Monday November 7th at AUC's New Campus. 141 students cast their ballots. Six were disqualified for checking more than one candidate, bringing the total official vote to 135. The event was co-hosted by the Center for American Studies at AUC, which held a debate during the mock election on why either of the major candidates, Clinton or Trump, should become the next president of the United States.


Prof. Kim Fox
Social Media Workshop

8 Nov, 2016

Kim Fox conducted a social media training to staff members in the Business School and in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy who handle the schools' social media platforms. The well attended workshop took place on Tuesday, November 1, in the Business School meeting room. The topics discussed included how to increase engagement using social media, the use of Facebook Live, creating graphics and social media analytics.


Prof. Galal Zaki
The Water Conservation Campaign

8 Nov, 2016

Prof. Zaki was hired as a consultant to GIZ on a Water Conservation Awareness Campaign to be conducted by the Public Sector Water and Sewage Company. The campaign is funded by several donors including Unicef. The Ministry concerned has advertised the initiative and sent letters to the Presidents of all universities in Egypt to get their students to participate in producing a PSA campaign for Water Conservation. The terms are that each group of students should be no more than 5 and should be graduating within this semester or the next. All entries will be shortlisted to 10 and Prof. Zaki will be giving them a two day workshop on fine-tuning their proposals. Prof. Galal is also responsible for helping to put together the rest of the Judging Committee.The top 3 finalists will receive in kind prizes worth LE70,000, LE 50,000 and LE30,000. After that the Company will solicit professional ad agencies to execute the best campaign.



Dr. Hussein Amin
The Euro-Arab workshop

8 Nov, 2016

Dr. Hussein Amin was invited speaker at the Euro-Arab workshop. The goal was to identify common challenges between the European Union and the Arab League in the field of media and conflict. Another goal was to  explore different ways of engagement and cooperation between public administrations, regional and international institutions and different media and individual journalists. A final goal was to identify positive experiences that could be replicated but also avenues for strengthened and systematic Euro-Arab cooperation in this particular field. The workshop brought together representatives from Arab and European institutions as well as stakeholders in order to share approaches on issues such as media planning during crisis, the role of media before, during and after crisis, the coordination between media and other entities in times of crises, the identification of media messages and the target audience as well as the impact of new media and social networks. Opening remarks were presented by Andris Kesteris, Special Advisor Media and Civil Society, European Commission; Haifaa Abu Ghazala, Assistant Secretary General for the Media and Communication Sector- League of the Arab States; Giovani Buttigieg, Director of Programs, European Commission- League of the Arab States Liaison Offices; Carme Colomina, Journalist and Visiting Professor, College of Europe.​ Dr. Amin's panel was titled  The role of media and journalists in crisis situations and was composed of: Hussein Amin,  Professor of Journalism and Mass communication and Director of the Kamal Adham for Television and Digital Journalism​, The American University in Cairo;​ Stine Lehmann-Larsen, Director for Quality of Mediation Support, European Institute of Peace;​ Alexandre Balguy-Gallois, legal advisor with Reporters Without Borders; and ​ Katrin Voltmer, Professor of Communication and Democracy, School of Media and Communication (University of Leeds) and Project coordinator, MECO​DE.​ Dr. Amin’s presentation was titled Unexplored Areas of Changing Role of Media and Journalists During the time of Crises and explored areas for research that are needed with reference to media performance during the time of Crises. The meeting was organized by the European Commission and the League of the Arab States and took place October 18-19, Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Naila Hamdy
The Arab-US Communication Educators Conference (AUSACE)

3 Nov, 2016

Dr. Naila Hamdy attended the Arab-US Communication Educators AUSACE conference in Morocco, October 24-26, 2016. She won the first place award English papers section for a co-authored article with MA student Mohamed Gameel. The title of the study is “Egypt’s Youth Are Not Idle: Networked Citizens, Political Participation and Social Media”.  In addition, she chaired a session of case study presentations that addressed the general theme of Ethics, Communication and Human Rights.


Dr. Hussein Amin
Egypt’s First National Youth Conference (NYC)

3 Nov, 2016

Dr. Hussein Amin was invited speaker at Egypt’s First National Youth Conference (NYC). The conference was especially devoted to the purpose of extending effective communication channels among the Egyptian Government and prominent Egyptian youth across the country, bringing together socially responsible groups of university students, heads of political parties, and the first batch of the Presidential Leadership Program.
Dr. Amin spoke in two sessions in the conference: The first titled: The Impact of Mass Media on the Formation of Youth Public Opinion. As or the Second Session, it was titled: The Role of Developmental Media in Public Awareness. Both talks by Dr. Amin were well received ​by the youth, the public, and the media. Over three successful days, the First National Youth conference adapted the slogan of “Innovate. Advance” claimed to be the first of its kind, and hosted more than 3,000 Egyptian youth leaders, business executives and religious officials as well as media celebrities. The conference was attended by the President and the Egyptian Cabinet.​ The Youth conference took place October 25-27, 2016 at Sharm El-Sheikh National Conference Center, Sharm El- Sheikh, Egypt.

Prof. Kim Fox
Association for Independents in Radio

3 Nov, 2016

Last month, Kim Fox was elected to the Board of Directors for AIR, Association for Independents in Radio. She will serve a one year term. 

JRMC Department
JRMC-FIME Seminar on "Reporting the Middle East"

26 Oct, 2016

The GAPP school and the JRMC department in cooperation with the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) recently concluded a one-week closed seminar for visiting Finnish journalism students and professors at AUC's main campus. FIME has been organizing several seminars in cooperation with AUC's various departments in the past few years. This year's seminar focused on "Local and Foreign Media Coverage in Egypt and the Middle East". 
Ten students, in addition to professors and researchers from different universities in Finland - Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Tampere, participated in the seminar, which included lectures given by prominent JRMC professors, Egyptian journalists and foreign media residing in Egypt. JRMC professors included Dr. Naila Hamdy, Prof. Firas Alatraqchi, Dr. Hussein Amin, Dr. Rasha Abdulla, Dr. Rasha Allam, and Prof. Khaled Dawoud. The seminar was held in Tahrir campus from October 18-22, 2016. View Pics here

Prof. Galal Zaki
Guest Speaker Mr. Moustafa Ismail, Digital Communicator talks to JRMC students on "The Rise of Digital Media in Our Attention Economy"

26 Oct, 2016

On Sunday October 23, Moustafa Ismail, Regional Solutions Director of Digital Media Services Member of the Choueiri Group gave an enlightening presentation on "The Rise of Digital Media in Our Attention Economy".
Tamer El Sarraf, the Commercial Manager of the Choueiri Group in Cairo, also attended the event. Following the event, the Group met with the CAPS office and discussed potential cooperation regarding internships and job opportunities for AUC students with the Choueiri Group. The event was organized by Prof. Galal Zaki and graduate student Aida Abdou. 

Moustafa Ismail (center), Tamer El Sarraf (second from right), Aida Abdou (first from left)


Prof. Randa Shaath
Photography for Journalism Workshop

26 Oct, 2016

Randa Shaath, adjunct professor of photography, was the guest instructor and trainer for a five day workshop at the ONA Academy.  The workshop titled "Photography for Journalism" is held once a year. Five participants successfully graduated learning the basics of photography and fulfilling a short photo essay. The workshop was held from Thursday October 6th and lasted till the 10th.


Dr. Ahmed Taher
Public Opinion Speech in the Rotary Multi-District Meeting

26 Oct, 2016

Dr. Taher was invited to give a plenary speech about Public Opinion in the Rotary Multi-District Meeting held on Friday 30th of September in Aida Ballroom in Marriott.  The speech addressed the impact of public opinion on the membership growth.  Also addressed was the role of public relations in managing the perception of Rotary by the media and its different publics.