Face-to-Face: Reporting on Revolution

Course Overview

Face-to-Face: Reporting on Revolution
Seminar Snapshot
Time Estimate:
One hour.

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See Egypt through the eyes of independent journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous. In this conversation, Kouddous takes you to Tahrir Square during the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak, describing how he covered street protests in Cairo, and discusses the election of Eqypt’s first democratically elected president. He talks about what it’s like reporting a revolution in the place where he grew up, and recounts the only time he was arrested while covering a protest.

In addition to the replay of the live "Face-to-Face" conversation (on Sept. 26, 2012), this Seminar Snapshot includes teaching resources designed to help students develop their news literacy skills. These include lesson plans and activities, a quiz and group discussion questions.

The journalist:

Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Sharif Abdel Kouddous, based in Cairo, is a "Democracy Now!" correspondent and a fellow at The Nation Institute. His reporting was the primary source for the HBO documentary "In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution." He has also reported on the Syrian civil war.

He has covered news stories around the world, including reporting from Baghdad during the Iraq War; New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Haiti in the days after the January 2010 earthquake; climate change conferences in Copenhagen, Bolivia, and Cancún; and the U.S. Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2004 and 2008.

Kouddous’ work from Tahrir Square won international acclaim, and in April 2012, he was awarded the fourth annual Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media.

What Will I Learn:
  • An understanding of the deeper issues of foreign correspondence
  • Big-picture issues of journalism’s role at home and abroad, such as ethics and press freedom
  • How to address concerns about your own potential future as a foreign correspondent
Who should take this course:

High school and college students who are looking to expand their view on what it means to be a correspondent in a foreign country, as well as teachers who want to help students develop their news literacy skills.

Training Partner:

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists puts students in touch with journalists they'd never otherwise meet, learning about the immense power of reliable information—and the challenges of getting it. Each month during the academic year, a newsmaker will speak live to hundreds of students in a virtual conversation that includes five schools—from high schools to universities.

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