On the Margins No More: Citizen Journalism Training for Egyptian Women and Youth

This training program has been extended to early 2013. It promotes the concept of citizen journalism, where members of the public play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information through traditional and non-traditional media outlets.

Professional journalists participating in the program learn more about the concept of citizen journalism, including: citizen journalism best practices, ethical issues in dealing with citizen journalists and their content and the latest new media tools for citizen and professional journalists to achieve more exciting and interactive media content.

Professional and citizen journalists also receive capacity-building on a variety of social, gender, environmental and political issues of importance to the general Egyptian population.

Professional journalists also help citizen journalists produce stories on social, gender, environmental and political issues of importance. These stories are published/broadcast in/on participating media organizations’ websites, newspapers, radio and TV programs.

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In the News

  • Oct 182010

    The Tuk Tuk: A Big Toy In The Hands Of A Naughty Child

    A Tuk Tuk is a motor vehicle and a mode of transport for private use and as a vehicle for hire. It is a motorized 3-wheeled cabin cycle, operated by a single individual. This individual is oftentimes not over the age of 14 in rural Egypt. The owners pay the children a small fraction of their daily labor costs and, naturally as children, they treat these machines like big toys. Racing and improper driving ensue, and thus become a major cause for child safety. As one local Professor explains: “The reason behind child labor is the breakdown of the family due to divorce, separation of the parents or one of the parents leaving. This is in addition to poverty and the poor economic situation, as well as a lack of public awareness about the importance of education, which leads to the trade-off between child work and school.”

  • Oct 182010

    In "Al-Wabor" You Can Neither Leave Nor Live In Your Home

    In the small village of Al-Wabour, nearly 12,000 people can neither leave nor live in their homes. The horrible smell, revolting view and insects that have spread everywhere as a result of the collections of sewage water that have surrounded all corners of the houses, have made living miserable altogether. “We’ve been suffering from this problem for 5 whole years now and no one in the government cares. Instead, we have to remove the sewage water ourselves which costs L.E 100 daily, an amount we cannot afford,” said Mahmoud Abd Al-Lateef, one of the village residents.

  • Oct 182010

    The e-Library

    Four young Egyptians have launched a new website aspiring to provide full documentation for manuscripts. Their website, daralkotob.net, documents Arabic books on the Internet and provides book cover photos, as well as information, prices, authors, publishers and distributors of these books. In addition, the site also follows book signing events. This e-library also publishes a list of bestselling books and a monthly report with critics opinions of the books issued that month highlighting the positives and negatives of each book.

  • Sep 112010

    Orbit Channel Highlights ICFJ Citizen Journalism Program in Egypt

    By Bassam Sebti

    Cairo Today, a program that airs on Orbit satellite channel, has recently featured the citizen journalism program that ICFJ has been running in Cairo in a special TV report.

    The report discussed the program’s goals and objectives, in which citizen and professional journalists have been receiving quality journalism training by ICFJ’s trainers.

    “We are all journalists,” Hanazada Fikry, the country program director in Egypt, was quoted saying.