Egypt has long been known for its rich culture and history, as well as for its role in maintaining regional peace and stability. As of January 25, 2011 it also became known for being at the center of historical change in the Middle East.
This enormous change taking place throughout the region makes it even more important for America to show common cause and expand bonds with the people of the Arab and Muslim world. Likewise, the relationship between Egypt and the United States has never been so important.
The "Covering a Revolution" Reporting Fellowship
The Open Hands Initiative, together with international news website GlobalPost, brought together 17 top, young journalists--8 Americans, 9 Egyptians--to participate in the "Covering a Revolution" Reporting Fellowship in Cairo from October 12-23, 2011.
"I learned a lot about both Egyptians and Americans...
that we're all so different but that we share curiosity and a passion for what we do."
This fellowship consisted of a three-day seminar led by expert panelist from Egypt and the United States, followed by five days of field reporting. Working together, the American and Egyptian writers, videographers, and photographers covered five "beats" critical to understanding and telling the story of the Egyptian Revolution: Arts & Culture, Economy & Tourism, Human Rights & Justice, Politics & Governance, and Religion & Minorities.
These fellows had the unique opportunity to work together in teams to produce a 25-part “Special Report” published on GlobalPost that covered the impact of the revolution in Egypt. The Reporting Fellowship not only helped hone the fellows' skills as investigative journalists, but served to build lasting bonds between our two countries. The result of the fellows collaboration can be viewed on the GlobalPost Tahrir Square blog as well as in the "Tahrir Square" Special Report.