Category Archives: Middle East And North Africa

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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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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