As Egypt moves toward democracy and free elections after the overthrow of the country’s dictator during the Arab Spring uprisings, journalists from Egypt are anxious to learn and practice investigative techniques.
A group of them explored investigative journalism and visited in New York City with major news media in a program conducted this winter by J/MS professor emeritus Jerome Aumente.
The journalists met with top editors, reporters and administrators from NBC News, the Associated Press, The New York Times, ProPublica, and Bloomberg News for first-hand discussions of enterprise and investigative reporting. The visits were part of a program organized by Meridian International Center with support from the U.S. State Department.
Aumente is exploring follow-up, investigative training and exchange programs in Cairo as well as assistance to online news reporting websites in Egypt that played a key role in the country’s uprising against the Hosni Mubarak regime.
“The print, broadcast news media and Internet websites are playing a critically important role in helping Egypt move from the initial revolution ignited in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to a full-fledged democracy and rule of law,” Aumente said.