Category Archives: Media Professionals Programme

The woman putting all of Egypt on the map

01 Fatemah Case Study 1

Fatemah Farag, the founder and director of Welad Elbalad, during an editorial meeting.

When Welad Elbalad Media Services first launched in 2011 with a handful of hyper-local community news services across Egypt, its journalists grumbled about not being granted press cards because of restrictive laws dating back to the 1970s.

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Bereft of an outlet, Egyptian journalists band together

Sherif Case Study 1When the English-language newspaper Egypt Independent abruptly ceased publication on 16 April 2013 – purportedly for its unprofitability – 25 of its employees swiftly banded together to create their own publication.

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Cambodian Newspaper Moving Towards Financial Stability

09 Borom Case Study 2Six months after Borom Chea joined Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post in 2012, he was promoted from sales manger to head of an entire department with a staff of 30. Since then, the inner-workings of his department have changed dramatically to allow for a sharp uptick in sales, greater responsibility for all staff members, and more acknowledgment when achievements are made.

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Managing a newsroom: A fine balance between consistency and creativity



With a group of young journalists and editors in Cairo, I co-founded Mada Masr in June 2013, a product of crisis and precarity, as I often like to call it.

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