Journalism and Mass Communication
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo has gained distinction and recognition throughout the world by producing outstanding graduates who play a major role in developing the region's print, advertising and broadcast media.
Students in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication are taught to think critically and creatively while being prepared to acquire suitable skills for successful careers in journalism, mass communications and related fields. Students are given grounding in liberal arts, along with core courses in the sciences and business, which are designed to prepare students for a lifetime of contribution to their communities as engaged members of a global civil society. Students are encouraged to write for the Caravan, AUC's student newspaper, study photography and graphic communications, participate in the many student activities on campus, and otherwise participate in the life of the campus and the events taking place in the region. Students have a choice of three majors: journalism, communication and media arts, and integrated marketing communication.
The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism is home to the oldest and most respected graduate journalism program in the Arab world. It was founded in 1985 by Professor Emeritus Abdallah Schleifer with the generous support of AUC board member Sheikh Kamal Adham. The Center has since graduated some of Egypt’s most distinguished television figures, and alumni can be found in all the region’s major satellite channels and stations, including Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, Future TV, AlHurra, ONTV, as well as BBC Arabic, and in many of the region’s leading newspapers. To read more about the center, click here.
Graduates of the journalism and mass communication program at AUC are by far the most qualified in the region, blending outstanding professional skills with fluency in English and Arabic and a deep understanding of the issues facing the world. Our graduates work at leading news organizations, including CNN, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, NBC, and Reuters, as well as playing key roles in the region's growing transnational media organizations, such as Al Jazeera, MBC, Dubai's Al Arabiya, Radio Sawa, Nile TV, MSNBC in Arabic and CNN Arabia. They have also helped develop some of the most influential newspapers in the region, such as Al Sharq Al Awsat, The Middle East Times, Al Ahram and Al Ahram Weekly. Alums include CNN's White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, Al-Jazeera's award-winning investigative correspondent and London bureau chief Yousri Foda, commentator and analyst Mona Eltahawy, senior producer and anchorman for CNBC Arabia Sami Zeidan and managing editor of Alam Al-Youm Lamees El Hadidy. Our program has also produced a new generation of media and communications researchers and academic professionals at universities in the U.S. and throughout the region.
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is also dedicated to creating an environment that fosters academic research in media and communication throughout the region. Arab Media & Society (formally TBS Journal) provides researchers from around the world with a forum for topics related to the changing media, political and cultural landscapes of the Arab Region. The department also publishes the Arabic edition of the Global Media Journal http://www1.aucegypt.edu/academic/gmj/, which explores the world of global communication.