Campus Journalism in Disarray at AUC in Egypt

In its current issue, Egypt Today describes the campus relocation of American University in Cairo as chaotic: “Classrooms with no air conditioning, computers not installed, women’s bathrooms with no toilets, exposed wires and seemingly as many hard-hatted workmen as professors.”

 

The Caravan is the student newspaper at American University in Cairo.

The Caravan is the student newspaper at American University in Cairo.

 

The journalistic infrastructure, alas, has not been spared from the moving pains: 

 

Pulitzer Prize winner Suleman Din joined AUC faculty in September to supervise The Caravan, the university’s student newspaper. He came with visions of a multi-media newsroom that combines print, video and online journalism facilities. What he found were wires protruding from ceilings and walls, and the print shop not even set up. “Just to see the disarray that all of my colleagues have been talking about that has been happening in their departments too has been surprising, and to discover the extent of the haphazard way in which this campus is starting is [unfortunate],” Din says. “I just hope they resolve this quickly.”

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