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Egyptian radio show - 2nd November 2015, 6:30pm interview with Scott Bridges, Managing Director of Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange

Jerry Guirguis interviews Scott Bridges, Managing Director of Australia-MiddleEast Journalism Exchange [ AMEJE ], Mr Bridges helped organize an exchange program in 2015 for University of Canberra students studying Journalism to visit Middle Eastern country - Doha Qatar,  Scott will be speaking to us Live-to-air via mobile hook-up here on 96.5FM – Egyptian radio show [ Monday 2nd November 2015 ] .


6:30pm – Our 2nd special guest tonight is;


Scott Bridges

Managing Director

Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange

0415 417 739


Hi and welcome, can we start with ......................


            Q1] Was this the first time AMEJE took it's Jurno-students to the Middle East ?


            Q2] What did you set out to achieve and how do you [ & students ] think you went  ?


            Q3] Do you think offering this exchange program to the wider public, just might encourage non-students

                        who are not sure if Middle East journalism is what they want to pursue at Uni ?   


            Q4] Can this successful program be modified to accommodate other regions like visiting Egypt's media institutions ? 


Scott Bridges has taught at the University of Canberra since 2011 and currently lectures in communications and journalism.

His PhD looked at how Al Jazeera’s reach and influence is expanding in the non-Arabic-speaking world.


On February 11, 2011, President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule of Egypt came to an end after 18 days of massive and unprecedented street protests. In the course of those few days, a 24-hour news channel unlike any other, Al Jazeera English, emerged in a crowded global news market as the source for reporting on the Egyptian Revolution. 


Many Egyptians felt betrayed, and Facebook and Twitter were full of rumors about;

 a deal between Qatar - the Persian Gulf emirate whose emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, founded Al Jazeera in 1996 — and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who visited the emir in Doha.


Scott worked as a director at Al Jazeera English in 2010 and 2011.

Scott Bridges author of [ 18 Days – Al Jazeera English and the Egyptian Revolution ]


            Scott started work on 18 Days after finishing work at AJE and spent eighteen months on the project, including two research trips back to Qatar. 


Jerry Guirguis


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