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Program

of Events Transforming Middle East Media


Research and discussion of Arab journalism during a critical time in the region


Twitter hashtag: #AUSACE

Friday, Nov. 16 Noon 5 p.m. 3 3:15 p.m. 3:15 4:45 p.m.

Conference registration Marriott Residence Inn Opening remarks DAEL Theatre First Floor of 1 Park Place Leonard Teel, Director of Center for International Media Education, GSU Judy Turk, President of American-US Association for Communication Educators Film screening and panel discussion The Isaac Solotaroff documentary Wham! Bam! Islam! is about the comic book The 99 created to offer an alternative to Western media heroes for the Islamic world. After the screening, we will hold a Q&A with the audience to discuss the issues it raises related to Islam, cultural imperialism, freedom of expression and other topics. Open to participants, GSU students and general public. Q&A led by: Matt J. Duffy, AUSACE organizer

5 p.m. 7 p.m. Conference reception Georgia State University West Exhibit Hall Urban Life Center 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Opening Dinner Danias Gourmet on Peachtree Street (Sponsored by Zayed University) Saturday, Nov. 17 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Conference registration Georgia State University Classroom South Fifth Floor 9 -- 10:15 a.m. Research Paper Session Transforming Middle East media: Examining the shortfalls and promises of traditional Arab journalism Classroom South Room 525 How Egyptians perceive media professionalism and ethics in covering January revolution? Azza A. Mohamed, Abu Dhabi University (via video link) LBC and the new culture of Arab journalism Natalie Khazaal, Texas A&M University How the Red Lines affect job satisfaction among elite Pan-Arab TV journalists: The case of Al-Arabiya satellite channel Mohammed el-Nawawy, Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina and Cathy Strong, Massey University, New Zealand "Transforming Egyptian media: New media and Internet activism" Hamza Mohamed, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A time-series examination of concurrent validity among Freedom House and reporters sans frontieres' press freedom indices Justin D. Martin, Northwestern University Qatar and Dalia Abbas, American University in Cairo 9 10:15 a.m. Research Paper Session Social Media: How networking technology is altering the media landscape Classroom South Room 526 Discussant: Leonard Teel, Georgia State University Ethics dialog in social networking website: Facebook case study in Iran Zohreh Rajabi, Allameh Tabatabai University, Iran (via video link) Social media as a tool for the evolution of global communication culture: Egypts 2011 revolution Nihal Said, Ohio University Social media use between cultures: Examining how individuals in the Middle East and America use social media to access news Lauren Anderson Auverset and Nagham El Karhili, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lindsey Conlin, University of Alabama Digitalism and development of Arab media in the 21st Century Issam Suleiman Mousa, Yarmouk University, Jordan Religiosity, cultural traits & innovative ability as predictors of social networking channels use for religious communication Mian Asim, University of Florida 10:15 10:45 10:45 -- noon Coffee break Research paper session Effects of media regulation and policy on journalism Classroom South Room 525 Discussant: Phil Auter, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Public television after the Arab Spring, is it a dying field? Analysis of barriers facing Egyptian state owned television (ERTU) in responding to its public role Omneya Khalifa, City University, London Dynamics of social media, politics and public policy in the Arab world David C. Coulson, Jackson State University, Mississippi Transparency in Arab journalism: How journalists from Egypt and the UAE deal with instruments creating journalistic transparency Andreas Straeter, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany Media Laws and regulations of the GCC countries: A normative analysis Matt J. Duffy, Doha Center for Media Freedom, Qatar

10:45 - noon

Noon -- 1:30 p.m. Lunch University Center 460-465 1:30 2:45 p.m. Research Paper Session Differing perspectives: Examining coverage of Arab issues through varying lenses Classroom South Room 525 Discussant: David Coulson, Jackson State University Two views on the same story: The difference in coverage of the Egyptian elections between U.S. and Arab media Lindsey Conlin, University of Alabama Lauren Auverset, University of Louisiana at Lafayette The framing of the Egyptian Revolution portrayed through Al Jazeera and CNN Amir Jameel Yehia, University of Missouri Maria Garcia, University of Missouri Fritz Cropp, University of Missouri Coverage of Tunisian Revolution by International Radio Services: Voice of America, China Radio International, BBC, Radio France International and Voice of Russia Svetlana Kulikova, Georgia State University The media landscapes of Apartheid South Africa during African decolonialization (1960- 1980) and Israel/Palestine during the Arab Spring: Parallels, differences, pitfalls and grounds for hope Anthony Lwstedt, Webster University Vienna Mary Jane Parmentier, Webster University Vienna

Panel Discussion International Training: Process and Product Classroom South Room 526 Discussion of the opportunities and challenges of international training, and how college and universities can assist in developing training opportunities Introduction: Leonard Teel, Georgia State University Moderator Richard Welch, Georgia State University Panelists Gayle Nelson, director of Global Initiatives, Georgia State University Jill Williams, lecturer of Inclusive Education, Kennesaw State University Ibrahim Elsawy, regional director of Arab World Projects Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University Katty Alheyak, Syrian journalist and graduate student, Ohio University

Challenging status quo through protests: Framing Arab Spring in the U.S. and Middle Eastern newspapers Mian Asim, University of Florida Sarabdeep K. Kochhar, University of Florida 1:30 2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion Influence of professional and citizen journalists in energizing and empowering citizens of Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and other Arab countries to insist on greater democracy and freedoms Classroom South Room 526 Exploration of the role of citizen journalists in the Arab Spring protests, the revolutions and toppling of governments, the establishment of interim authorities, elections and the process of forming new, long-term constitutions Moderator Judy VanSlyke Turk, Virginia Commonwealth University Panelists Matt J. Duffy, Georgia State University Elsayed Bekhit, Sharjah University, UAE Mohammad El-Nawawy, Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina Francis Matthews, Gulf News, Dubai, UAE (via video link) 2:45 -- 3:15 p.m. Coffee break 3:30 -- 4:30 p.m. Tour of CNN 4:30 -- 6 p.m. Atlanta walking tour 7 - 9 p.m. Arabic reception at Marriott Residence Inn Light hors doeuvres 6 7:30 p.m. AUSACE board meeting Marriott Residence Inn Sunday, Nov. 18 8 9 a.m. Conference registration Georgia State University Classroom South Room 608 9 10:15 a.m. Research paper presentations Media and Culture: Mapping the intersection Classroom South Room 525 Discussant: Jad Melki, American University of Beirut, Lebanon Qatari identity issue as analyzed by the local mass media Nishan Rafi Havandjian, Qatar University Sanjay Asthana, Middle Tennessee State University

Gendering the Arab Spring: How womens voices, activisms and resistances are transforming the political and communication landscapes Sahar Khamis, University of Maryland, College Park More than just laughter: Abu Ghraib postcolonial political cartoons Patrick G Richey, Middle Tennessee State University Women empowerment as portrayed through the Egyptian cinema: Content analysis of films produced between 2001-2011 Aya Ateya, American University of Cairo Writing from inside out: Accounts on experiences of some Sudanese women working in the media Saadia Izzeldin Malik, Qatar University The first ladies of the Arab Spring: A critical analysis of the media coverage of the female counterparts of authoritarian oppression in the Middle East Elza Ibroscheva, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Arabic session: Social Media and Changes in the Arab World (see back of program for Arabic entries) Classroom South Room 526 Discussant: Yusef Alfailakawi, Kuwait University Credibility of citizen journalism and traditional television journalism among Emirati youth: a comparative study Hebatallah El-Samary United Arab Emirates University Propaganda methods for the parties of political Islam on Facebook Yousra Housni Abdel Halek Hassan, Asiut University, Egypt (via video link) "The Political roles of social media networks in the Arab world: indicators assessment and a proposed model" Bakhith Mohammed Darwish, Sharjah University, UAE

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"Use of Twitter to monitor community mood in times of turmoil with 2011 events in Egypt as a model" Nagwa Fahmi, Sharjah University, UAE (via video link) 10:15 10:45 10:45 -- noon Coffee break Keynote speaker Ahmed Amir, supervising editor for CNN International Classroom South Room 606 A journalist since 1997 for Atlanta based CNN, Amir now helps manage much of CNN Internationals coverage. As the supervising editor, Amir oversees more than 100 staffers in 25 countries as he helps plan comprehensive coverage for the channel. Introduction: Leonard Teel, Georgia State University

Noon -- 1:30 p.m. Lunch Lanier Suite Student Center

1:30 -- 2:45 p.m. Research paper session Research and methods to help improve journalism instruction Classroom South Room 525 Discussant: Slma Shelbayah, Brenau University, Atlanta Independent Media Making in Qatar Susan Dun and Rezwan Al-Islam, Northwestern University -- Qatar (via video link) The Arab Spring and the role of journalism curriculum R.S. (Kip) Wotkyns III, Metropolitan State University of Denver (via video link) Arab media education: A Q-study of communication and media educators at Arab universities Jad Melki, American University of Beirut A cross cultural analysis of the effectiveness of distance learning in communication instruction Phil Auter, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Mahmoud Galander, Qatar University, and Nagham El Karhili, University of Louisiana at Lafayette 1:30 2:45 p.m. Panel discussion Factors underlying social medias impact on creation of civil society in the Arab world Classroom South Room 526 Discussion of lessons that can be learned about some important dimensions to understanding how successful social media may be to the development of civil society in the Arab world Introduction: Matt J. Duffy, Georgia State University Moderator: Alma Kadragic, University of Wollongong-Dubai, UAE Panelists David Coulson, Jackson State University, Mississippi Yusef Alfailakawi, Kuwait University Leonard Ray Teel, Georgia State University 2:45 3:15 p.m. Coffee break 3:15 5 p.m. AUSACE award ceremony/election of new president 5 6 p.m. AUSACE board meeting Marriott Residence Inn 6 p.m. 10 p.m. Excursion to Little Five Points/Landmark Cinema (optional) Bus leaves from Marriott Residence Inn

Monday, Nov. 19 9 10:15 a.m. Research Paper Session Audience Studies: How Arab users consume traditional and digital media in the Middle East Classroom South Room 525 Discussant: Matt J. Duffy, Georgia State University Twitter Tweenz: Examining young Emiratis use of social media Hessah Al Falahi, Zayed University (via video link) The role of search engines vs. social networks in news information seeking Noran Aref, American University in Cairo The relationship between media use, social networks and political attitudes in Qatar Robert Meeds, Qatar University Darwish Abdulrahman Al-Emadi, Qatar University and Abdoulaye Diop, Qatar University The effects of political advertising during 2012 parliamentary election in Kuwait on perceived credibility of ad messages and voting behaviors Mohammad Akbar and Anastasia Kononova, American University of Kuwait (via video) Social media and the relationships between Israeli and Palestinian youth Dustin Domangue and Philip Auter, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Social media consumption habits in the UAE: A survey on trends and practices of Twitter users Ahmed Almansoori, United Arab Emirates University 9 -- 10:15 a.m. Arabic session: News in the Arab World: between Traditional Media and New and Social Media (see back of program for Arabic entry) Classroom South Room 526 Discussant: Yusef Alfailakawi, Kuwait University Emirati media and political changes in the Arab world: a newspaper analysis Mohammed al-Astal, Sharjah University, UAE Dependence on social networking as a source for news Amin Wafi, The Islamic University, Ghazza (via video link) New Media and Philosophy Bakhitha al-Amiry, UAE University (via video link) Public relations and industry confidence Ibrahim Karmia, M'sila University, Algeria 10:15 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 -- noon

Speaker forum How to launch a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the Middle East Speakers Tara Puckey, chapter coordinator of SPJ, Indianapolis, Indiana Matt J. Duffy, founder of Zayed University student chapter in Abu Dhabi June Nicholson, Virginia Commonwealth University, former chair of SPJ International Journalism Committee

Noon -- 1:30 p.m. Lunch Lanier Suite Student Center 1:30 -- 2:45 Research paper session Arab Spring: Developments for journalism and digital media during an unprecedented era of change in the Middle East and North Africa Classroom South Room 525 Discussant: Phil Auter, University of Louisiana at Lafayette The Arab Spring in North Africa: Still winter in Morocco? Rebecca S. Robinson, Arizona State University The role of media and interpersonal communication in the 2012 parliamentary election in Kuwait: Two-step flow of information approach Anastasia Kononova, American University of Kuwait (via video link) Mohammad Akbar, American University of Kuwait February 20th Movement: Contested space, collective identity & mediated resistance Houda Abadi, Georgia State University Reporting suicide stories in the Egyptian press before and after the Arab Spring Hesham Mesbah, Rollins College, Florida Framing analysis: Examining images of the Arab Spring in U.S. newspapers Husain Murad, Howard University, Washington, D.C. Noor Hameededdin, Howard University, Washington, D.C. Morsi and the Press: A Content Analysis of Egyptian newspapers during the first four months of the Mohamed Morsi era Mohamad Elmasry, American University of Cairo 2:45 -- 3:15 p.m. Coffee break

3:15 4:30 p.m. Final research paper session How digital innovations are changing media storytelling in the Arab world Classroom South Room 525 Discussant: June Nicholson, Virginia Commonwealth University Technology Embedded Imagination for Arab Women Muqeem Khan, Northwestern University in Qatar (via video link) The news blog: Social media and global news coverage of the Arab Democracy Spring Aziz Douai, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Philip Auter and Dustin Domangue, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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