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Journalist Fellows' Papers

The Coverage of Egypt’s Revolution in the Egyptian, American and Israeli Newspapers

Reuters Institute Fellow's Paper

Hend Selim, an Egyptian journalist who works at the Foreign Affairs section of the Al Wafd daily newspaper, has written an exhaustive account of how newspapers in Egypt, the USA and Israel reported the revolution in her country in early 2011.

In her research paper The Coverage of Egypt’s Revolution in the Egyptian, American and Israeli Newspapers Hend carries out extensive content analysis of three newspapers in Egypt (the state-owned Al-Ahram, the opposition Al Wafd, and the privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm), two in the USA (New York Times and The Wall Street Journal), and two in Israel (Haaretz and Ynetnews) to address some key questions: Was there a difference in the quantity of coverage of the Egyptian revolution by each newspaper? What were the main sources used by newspapers ? What were the other indicators of bias in the reporting ? Which factors influenced the coverage of the revolution?

Hend backs up her content analysis with interviews with key journalists at the seven newspapers.

As with all Fellows’ research papers, any opinions expressed are those of the author and not of the Institute.

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