Let me say that two weeks observing social media and digital content at WCPO/ 9 On Your Side in Cincinnati, went by way too fast. But I’m full of inspiration and knowledge and grateful for the opportunity provided by the Scripps Howard Foundation and AEJMC.

WCPO’s Evan Millward and me. (July 2018)

SOME WEEK 2 OBSERVATIONS: My second week began early on Sunday morning with the Timyka Artist and Barak Shapiro on Good Morning Tri-State Weekend (Evan Millward was off that morning having anchored the Saturday evening newscast). They, like all of the newsroom staff I spoke with, openly shared their thoughts on using social media for…


For two weeks I will be a visiting professor at WCPO/ABC 9 in Cincinnati as a part of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Scripps Howard Foundation Social Media Fellowship. This opportunity is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation. You can’t imagine my excitement in May when I learned that I was accepted for this competitive opportunity.

2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for WCPO. (July 2018)

My interests as it relates to the fellowship is/was varied including getting an inside look at how they are handling their social media accounts and digital media across multiple platforms. Since WCPO recently won a pair of regional Edward…


“A Tale of a Drum and a Song: Exploring the Mesaharaty” by Shaza Walid.

Perhaps the first thing to come to your mind when you think about Ramadan is family gatherings, syrupy desserts, colorful lanterns and of course … the mesaharaty.

In this episode, Shaza Walid takes us on a journey to explore the history of the mesaharaty and his iconic drumbeat and special songs. But it’s not the story of a man this time, as it has always been over the past decades. …


“Intending to Fast” by Nour Ibrahim, @nour-ibrahim-58 on SoundCloud.

In this episode, Nour, a Coptic Christian takes us on her attempt to go on an Islamic fast for a day. She discovers the hardships of fasting and more.

“Intending to Fast” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

On our Facebook page you can share your experience of fasting in Ramadan or fasting for other reasons:
www.facebook.com/EhkyYaMasr/


“Children and Ramadan” by Refan AbdelNabi.

This audio feature is a glimpse into how children experience Ramadan. The celebration and spirituality behind the Holy month; and what educational programs are available for them.

“Children and Ramadan” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

On our Facebook page you can share your experience of when you first began to fast for Ramadan.:
www.facebook.com/EhkyYaMasr/


“Ramadan: The Global Experience” by Safaa Magdy.

Ramadan in Muslim countries is the prime time of the year for TV shows, lots of delicious food, and family gatherings. Whereas in non-Muslim countries it is the prime time for Muslims to answer so many questions about their religion, say no to many food offers and struggle to balance their spiritual/work life.

“Ramadan: The Global Experience” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

You can share your experience of Ramadan in a non-Muslim country on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/EhkyYaMasr/


Isn’t it ironic that even though in Ramadan we’re supposed to be fasting, we still end up buying and eating too much food?

On this audio feature Sarah El Safty sheds light on the food shopping habits of Egyptians during Ramadan and its effect on the economy, particularly this year following the recent devaluation of the country’s currency.

“The Economics of Ramadan” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

On our Facebook page, you can share stories of how the current economic crisis in Egypt has affected your family’s Ramadan:
www.facebook.com/EhkyYaMasr/


التقويم الهجري مش بس رمضان: سارة حسن
حلقة النهاردة من #إحكي_يا_مصر عن التقويم الهجري اللي نسيناه أو فاكرين منه بس رمضان. سارة حسن هتفكرنا تاني بأهميته في حياتنا وهتتساءل عن مستقبله في السنين الجاية.

“Hijri Months Isn’t Only Ramadan” by Sarah Hassan.

This audio feature puts the Islamic Hijri calendar under the microscope, as there are generations that have have no clue what its months are except for Ramadan. That said, Sarah Hassan reveals the importance of this calendar and wonders where will it be within a decade or two.

“Hijri Months Isn’t Only Ramadan” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

Share your Hijiri stories, on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/EhkyYaMasr/


“The Time Capsule of Ramadan” by Kanzy Mahmoud

This audio feature compares Ramadan in Egypt from the past to today. Ehky Ya Masr’s Kanzy Mahmoud explores Ramadan rituals, family gatherings, entertainment and neighborhood celebrations … all in an effort to highlight how different generations have celebrated and are celebrating the Holy month.

“The Time Capsule of Ramadan” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

Share stories of how Ramadan has changed for you and your family, on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/EhkyYaMasr/


“The History of the Fanous” by @NadeenShaker

This audio feature explores the origin of the story of the Ramadan lantern called the “fanous.” Learn when and how the fanous was made popular in Egypt, and how the tradition has endured, despite the recent economic crises.

“The History of the Fanous” is a part of the Ehky Ya Masr إحكي يا مصر Ramadan series.

Share photos of your family’s fanous, on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/EhkyYaMasr/

Kim Fox

Radio Journalism Professor at The American University in Cairo/former reporter/host @WOSU

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