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Source:  Angela Powers, apowers@k-state.edu;
and Samuel Mwangi, 785-532-3960, scmwangi@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jennifer Torline, 785-532-0847, jtorline@k-state.edu

Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

NEWS TIP: K-STATE JOURNALISM PROFESSORS CAN PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO MEDIA AND EGYPT

MANHATTAN -- The media is playing a powerful role in communicating about the political uprising in Egypt, and two faculty members from Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications have expertise on the subject.

Angela Powers, director of the A.Q. Miller School, can discuss the changing face of media management in Egypt. In 2010 Powers spent three weeks in the country working with more than 120 media managers and professionals in the country to help promote transparency in the media.

Currently the government owns all of Egypt's major media organizations, including five newspapers and network radio and television stations. Television remains the most popular medium in Egypt, with state radio playing recitations from the Koran, Powers said.

She can be reached at apowers@k-state.edu.

Samuel Mwangi, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, researches social media, interactive media technologies and social change. He is the coordinator of the International Media and Democracy Project. He previously worked as a print journalist in Kenya and the United States. He can discuss social media and its impact in Egypt. Mwangi can be reached at 785-532-3960 or scmwangi@k-state.edu.