Good luck and good fortune placed me in the right place at the right time to be selected to come to Cairo to teach at the Egyptian Supreme Press Council.
Thanks to the dedication of the people at USAID, the Press Council is training Egyptian journalists to experiment in online and multimedia, to try new writing forms and to discover stories outside of official government statements.
The Poynter Institute has a contract with the Supreme Press Council to continue training Egyptian journalists in the year ahead. It is our hope that other Middle Eastern countries will send journalists to the center as well, that it will become a regional center for journalism excellence.
This week, I have been training top Egyptian editors and journalists how to use video and online multimedia, a fairly new concept to Egyptians, where internet connections can still be slow, although smart phones and cell phones are coming into common use.