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Upon suggestion of one of our participants, I am starting this page for you all to upload your bios and photos. Please feel free to do so in the comment area. We look forward to getting to know each and every one of you better.

Note: if you would prefer to keep this information private, you are under no obligation to post personal information here.

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  1. Ruth Eglash permalink
    February 8, 2010 2:03 pm

    Hi, I am Ruth Eglash, Social Affairs and Human Interest Reporter from The Jerusalem Post in Israel. I write on a wide range of issues including poverty, women, religion, immigration and many more topics….

  2. Elisa Di Benedetto permalink
    February 9, 2010 3:52 am

    Hi, my name is Elisa Di Benedetto.
    I’m an Italian journalist based in the North-East of Italy. I currently contribute as reporter and photographer to a local daily newspaper, covering social and cultural issues, human rights and religion related issues. I also write on a freelance basis with several on-line and print publications.
    In the past four years covered the Italian Army operations in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Kosovo as embedded journalist. I specialised in reporting on civil-military relations and in CIMIC-Civil Military Cooperation.

    I’m very interested in the role of information in building dialogue between different cultures and religions and in post-conflict reconstruction process.

    Well, this is not all about me…you’ll find out something more in Alexandria!

    Looking forward to meeting you all,

  3. tantushyan permalink
    February 9, 2010 4:18 pm

    I am Ruzanna Tantushyan, recent graduate student from DePaul University. Currently, I contribute to as a content editor for Eastern Europe and Russia. Previously, I was editorial assistant and a “fixer” at, online bilingual magazine. I am interested in digital reporting, photography, documentary production and … many more. I look forward to the conference and meeting you all in person. Ruzanna

  4. Sasa Milosevic permalink
    February 9, 2010 6:29 pm

    It s my great pleasure to be a part of this unique media conference in Alexandria.
    I am coming from Serbia, South East Europe and I am ready to share own professional experiences with my colleagues around the world in battle for media democracy.

    I am freelance journalist for a 20 years. I never work as a staff considering that only as a freelancer may be free and have unlimited choice of free writing.
    Member of Serbian Association of Journalists
    I have collaborated with the most prestigious Serbian newspapers and magazines.
    The owner, editor and journalist of Serbian on line magazines Daily Serbia
    The owner of the next blogs:
    Bloody Yellow House (
    Fexda (
    Contributor for United International Press (
    Collaboration with
    Initiator the Center for ESL journalists (CESL)

    Basic education: Dentistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia
    Forensic odontology, University of Oslo, Norway
    Blog about dental tourism
    In one part of my life I tried to be happy in dentistry instead journalism but times showed that it is impossible. Althought, dentistry helped me to find new challenge in me – forensic odontology- as the way to have big knowledge from branches close to those segments of journalism that request specific knowledge such as: war, war crimes, human rights, etc.
    But, no one journalism category is not problematic for me if I “smell” good topic.

    I use Internet as one of the main resources for my work and I am sure it is media of future. I have made lot of contacts with interesting people over different social networks and write lot of stories that may have never been born without on line industry.

  5. February 9, 2010 11:36 pm

    It is my absolute pleasure and honor to be a part of this group. And I am keenly looking forward to meeting everyone in person.

    I am from Karachi, Pakistan – born to an Iraqi mother and Yemeni-South Asian father. I manage content and development for Pakistan’s first English Language radio network – CityFM89. I am a trained creative writer and hoping to hone my news/op-ed writing skills with the ICFJ. I have recently contributed to the Search for Common Ground News Service.

    See you all soon!

  6. February 10, 2010 1:02 am

    مرحبا للجميع .. انا عبير ابو طوق ، اعمل صحفية في احدى المؤسسات الاعلامية الخاصة في الاردن .. احمل درجة البكالوريوس في الادارة والتسويق ، لكنني بدأت العمل في المجال الصحفي منذ عامين تقريبا .. اكتب في العديد من المجالات منها : التحقيقات الصحفية .. المقابلات الميدانية .. المقالات .. وهذا من خلال جريدة الدستور – احدى الصحف اليومية التي تصدر في الاردن وه ثاني اهم صحيفة لدينا .. كما امارس التدوين بين وقت وآخر على موقع “اردن مبدع” الى جانب اعداد التقارير الصحفية باستخدام كاميرا الفيديو وانشرها على موقع عمان نت

    سعيدة لانني سالتقى بكم

    عبير هشام ابو طوق

  7. February 10, 2010 4:41 am

    Hi, I am Lourdes from Malta. I have worked in journalism for 15 years, mostly in broadcast journalism. I produced one of the main current affairs programmes on Net TV. I am currently working also at a the Mediterranean diplomatic Academy at the University of Malta where I also studied.

    Cross cultural issues are becoming more important by the day in my country. I am looking forward to this conference and to meeting you all to discuss some of the world’s hottest issues.

    See you soon.

  8. Amanda Wilson permalink
    February 10, 2010 6:28 pm

    Hello, My name is Amanda Wilson I am a freelance correspondent and proofreader based in North Carolina, USA. I have lived and worked in Hungary, Italy, and Turkey. I currently contribute to a local NC newspaper (about local government issues) and collaborate as a proofreader with an information-sharing regional institute, based in Rovereto, Italy, focused on the Balkan and Caucasus regions. I am very interested in how journalists are adapting to the new digital environment and your perspectives on what the future holds.

    I look forward to meeting everyone in Alexandria!

  9. eurolinknews permalink
    February 11, 2010 7:44 am

    Hello. My name is Jessica Magee, I have been a freelance print and broadcast journalist in Dublin, Ireland for the last 9 years. My principal contract is with the European Parliament covering EU affairs for regional newspapers; I also do news reporting for two national radio stations. I’ve been to Lebanon, Kosovo, India and South America for work..and am very excited to be visiting Egypt for the first time.
    This trip promises to be a wonderful and rare opportunity to learn more about how the media can improve its role in promoting cross-cultural dialogue using digital, web, (and video blogging?) skills …and I can’t wait.
    I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone too.

  10. Aroosa Masroor permalink
    February 11, 2010 7:47 am

    Hi everyone, I am Aroosa Masroor from Karachi, Pakistan. I am currently working as a Staff Reporter / Multimedia Content Producer with, which is the web edition of the Dawn newspaper. I started my career in journalism in 2005 as a daily correspondent for The News, a major English daily in Pakistan and have worked on several news beats including human rights, religious minorities, health, education and environment. I have also remained the editor of a weekly magazine Kolachi (of The News) after which I switched to online journalism in June 2009.

    Apart from this, I also work as a Media Trainer for the ‘Open Minds’ project of Institute of War and Peace Reporting (UK) in Karachi, where I train young students from marginalised backgrounds in journalism and discussion skills.

    I graduated with a Masters in Mass Communication from University of Karachi in 2006.

  11. February 11, 2010 12:57 pm

    Hi everyone! So excited to be a part of this amazing event. Here’s a little info about me:

    I grew up in Jerusalem, studied journalism in London and now live and work in Washington, D.C. I have worked at four daily newspapers, serving variously as a reporter, feature writer, features editor and bureau chief, and am currently based at Washington National Cathedral where I edit Washington Window, the newspaper of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. The newspaper, which has won numerous awards, serves 20,000 members of Episcopal churches in the District of Columbia and four Maryland counties. I contribute regular stories to Episcopal Life, the national church’s newspaper, and the Episcopal News Service.

    • February 17, 2010 7:23 pm

      Hi Lucy,
      I’m really sad that I couldn’t make it to the conference. How is it going?
      I look fwd to keeping in touch.

  12. Antonio Bernhardt Jr permalink
    February 12, 2010 10:00 pm

    Leaving for Egypt tomorrow. Excited to meet all of you guys and looking forward to an eye opening dialouge

  13. Lucy Chumbley permalink
    February 19, 2010 11:16 am

    Hi Terry and sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you this time. I will definitely keep in touch and plan to post some more about the conference on this blog after I get over the jet-lag!

  14. waqargillani permalink
    February 25, 2010 3:16 am

    Hi. This is Waqar Gillani, a reporter with The News on Sunday, the Sunday edition of the News International, Pakistan. It is one of the leading newspapers of the biggest group of publications – Jang Group of Publication, Pakistan.I amd also contributing for The New York Times from Lahore, Pakistan. Hope you people enjoyed the workshop.
    Unluckily, i could not make to the workshop because of some logistical problems in getting visa from the Egypt embassy to Islamabad. So missed you all people. the debates going on on the blog actually show how much you people enjoyed the work. This is interesting.
    You people can also go to my blog, a reult of our Kathmandu, Nepal, workshop at
    thank you all.


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