Egyptian writers gain experience in U.S.

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.