Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication Organizes Online Workshops on Enhancing Professional and Soft Skills!

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Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication Organizes Online Workshops on Enhancing Professional and Soft Skills!

With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing in-person work and professional gatherings to a halt, the Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication, in cooperation with Egypt’s Society for Culture and Development, organized a series of online workshops on the improvement of professional and soft skills from December 23- 30, 2020.  These workshops, organized by Professor Hanan Kilany, Vice Dean for Community Service and Environment Development, are part of the Faculty’s virtual engagement with the community.  Two workshops on writing resumes and improving interview and presentation skills for young university graduates were led by Dr. Ingy Emara, Associate Professor of Linguistics in Al Alsun Department.  In addition, the Mass Communication Department Teaching Assistants Habiba Ayman, Nehal Walid and Amina El Sardy conducted two workshops on creating and managing a Facebook page and digital marketing. Each workshop was followed by application practicums. The participants expressed their appreciation to the trainers and to MIU for organizing these useful workshops as well as their request for more training workshops in the future.

The Center of Excellence in Translation & Localization Organizes Webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 on Interpreting

With the advent of 2021, the Center of Excellence in Translation and Localization of the Faculty of Al Alsun & Mass Communication, organized its first webinar titled “Interpreting: Theory and Practice during COVID-19 and Beyond” on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
The faculty discussed the impact of the pandemic on interpreting as a profession and a field of research. The list of speakers included the accomplished freelance interpreter/translator Rehab Salah, the talented freelance interpreter/translator Aya Tohamy, and Dr. Sama Dawood, Associate Professor of Translation and Interpreting, the Faculty of Al Alsun & Mass Communication, MIU. Our distinguished alumnus, Ahmed Towman, Head of Translation and Interpreting Department at AFAQ Consultancy for Leadership Development, UAE, was also among the speakers of the webinar.
The session was moderated by Dr. Hanan Sharaf, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, and Ms. Maha Ashraf Assistant Lecturer, at the Faculty of Al Alsun & Mass Communication. The talks were followed by an interactive Q &A session where participants shared their views and raised some relevant questions. More than 100 attendees participated in the webinar including professors, interpreters, and students.

Al Alsun Department Organizes Training Workshop on Trados SDL Studio

In its efforts to bring new developments to its staff and students, Al Alsun Department of the Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication has bought the license for Trados SDL Studio 2019, the most popular Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) software.  

Introducing this tool in translation classes will bring new dimensions to the learning experience of the students and will better prepare them for the job market.  This software is also useful for staff members who are interested in organizing and preparing their translation projects in a more professional manner. To this end, Al Alsun Department organized a two-day workshop on December 8 and 10, 2020 to introduce Trados SDL Studio to the staff members, in collaboration with its partner iTranslate Group. The workshop was moderated by Mr. Mo’men Rawi, Project Manager at iTranslate Group, and delivered by Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed, Senior Translator at iTranslate Group.

MCM Holds Second Graduate Student Conference on Comparative Media Studies

The Department of Mass Communication of the Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication organized its Second Graduate Student Conference on “Comparative Media Studies” on December 12, 2020.   

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that we face as a global community, the conference was virtual this year.  The one-day conference provided an interdisciplinary platform for scholarly interaction and a sounding board for young scholars (particularly MA and doctoral students) to present their work and get feedback.  The conference also offered emerging scholars the opportunity to discuss and exchange research ideas and innovative theoretical insights with participants from different backgrounds. 

Keynote speakers included Dr. Shaun Shafer, Interim Vice Provost and Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Policy Development, at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, the USA and Dr. May Telmissany, Associate Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and Director of ACANS, the Arab Canadian Studies Research Group. 

A number of Mass Communication professors from different universities participated in the Conference and shared their knowledge and insights with the speakers.  Conference topics included media convergence and social change, media economics, health and environmental communication, drama and media production, and new trends in integrated marketing communication.  The conference attracted a large number of participants from different public and private universities. 

CEO Amr Koura guest lectures at MIU

Mass Communication department had the pleasure to have the CEO Amr Koura as a guest lecturer in “Special Topics in Broadcast” class. Amr Koura is the CEO at Creative Arab Talent CAT and Ektebli, the content sourcing agency.
Amr Koura conducted an online class with MCM students to explain how the Egyptians get inspired by foreign TV shows and programs, and how Egyptians tweak them to fit the Egyptian culture.
MCM students acquired great knowledge and information from the renowned media guru, Amr Koura.

IMC Graduation Project Wins GFF Award

An MIU Integrated Marketing Communication graduation project won a Gouna Film Festival Award. The festival’s fourth edition was held from October 23-31.
The IMC Graduation Project was about the “Egyptian Cinema Experience”, which is a museum that revives the Egyptian Cinema Heritage. The project was produced by eight enthusiastic graduates of Mass Communication. The MIU graduates got an A in the project, yet they did not stop there after graduation; the graduates had a vision of implementing their project and applied in a competition at GFF.

The judging panel at GFF consisted of Sawires’ son, actress Sherine Reda and Nermine Farag. The panel chose the IMC project to be of the best 3 chosen projects that they will help to be actually implemented into real life. The judging panel was amazed that they were the only Fresh Graduates who were able to come up with such an interesting project amidst a pandemic.

The panel granted our IMC graduates the 3rd prize and promised to connect them with investors and Head of the Culture Ministry’s General Directorate Mr Khaled Abdelgelil.
The MIU graduates intend to continue working on implementing the project and ‘shining’ in the industry.

First TVJ graduating class excels in graduation arbitration

The first Television Journalism graduating class impressed external arbitrators BBC Cairo Bureau Editor Safaa Faisal and Reuters Editor Nadia El-Gowely during their online graduation arbitration on Thursday July 9, 2020.
The Television Journalism arbitration consisted of two student groups under the supervision of Television Journalism Program coordinator Dr. Nadia Abdel Rahman and Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Dr. Sarah Shawky.
The two groups created extensive projects on the topics of Medical Tourism and Animal Rights in Egypt respectively. The projects consisted of an array of productions to showcase their journalistic abilities.
“I really, really admired your hard work,” said El-Gowely. “I am impressed. I loved what I listened to and what I watched. Beautiful.”
Students produced various types of production, including video features, podcast series and a variety of news and feature articles.
“Your career in journalism is undoubted,” said El-Gowely to one of the groups. “You are excellent, excellent, excellent. What I especially admire is your mastering of your medium and the English language.”
Students were also tasked with designing a professional news website to showcase all their work.
“The website is splendid,” said El-Gowely to the students. “It is professional work, not the work of graduating students. This is the start of a success story. This is something that could ‘explode’ and ‘echo,’ as people say.”
“Absolutely,” agreed Faisal. “I could put that on (BBC) Live.”
The students also covered all their news on all the top social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Students created campaigns to increase engagement.
“I can’t express how impressed I am that you created a competition for people,” said Faisal to the Medical Tourism group regarding their social media campaign. “Wow, this is engagement using the latest techniques. The strategy was excellent.”
These students will be the first students to graduate from the Television Journalism Program with a Bachelor degree in Mass Communication. The program replaced in 2016 the Electronic and Print Journalism program.

The Center of Excellence in Translation and Localization Organizes a Five-Day Workshop on Conference Interpreting!

The Center of Excellence in Translation and Localization of the Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication organized a five-day workshop on “Conference Interpreting” on January 19 – 23, 2020.

The workshop provided hands-on training in interpreting in a conference-like setting where the participants had the opportunity to practice and polish their interpreting skills. It covered a number of topics, including consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting and conference proceedings.
The workshop was led by Al Alsun Assistant Professors Dr. Sama Dawood and Dr. Hanan Sharaf and Al Alsun instructor Ms. Maha Ashraf.

The Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication Hosts 1st Graduate Student Conference

The Department of Mass Communication of the Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication hosted its 1st graduate student conference on “Comparative Media Studies” on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
The conference provided an interdisciplinary platform for scholarly interaction and professional development for PhD and MA students. The conference offered emerging scholars the opportunity to discuss and exchange research ideas and innovative theoretical insights with participants from different backgrounds.
Conference topics included: globalization of communication activities and national identity, media economics, media and society, media convergence, and new trends in interdisciplinary theories. The conference attracted a big number of participants from different public and private universities.

Al Alsun and Mass Communication Students Visit the House of Representatives

The Faculty of Al Alsun and Mass Communication organized a field trip to the Egyptian House of Representatives on December 8, 2019.
The trip was organized as a complementary activity to the curriculum of the political science course, under the supervision of Political Science Professor Hoda Awad.
Participating students watched a documentary movie on the history of the Legislative Council in Egypt and attended a live session of parliament.