Areas of Expertise
Noha Atef is an emergent researcher in the new media field, after spending five years as a media professional, she obtained a masters degree in social media from BCU, based on a project to present a range of social network sites to Arab cartoonists and visual artists. Now she is doing her PHD on the interaction between citizen and broadcast media in the Egyptian revolution.
Before studying social media, Noha accumulated her expertise in utilizing the social network sites in advocacy campaigns on human rights, particularly the advocacy of the online freedom of expression and the torture in Egypt, by reporting and editing blogs, besides training human rights advocates and political activists on web campaigning and blogging for a cause.
In its first year, Noha Atef coordinated Developing Citizen Journalists in the Arab Region; a project to empower citizens in the Arab region to use new forms of social media technology to collaboratively report, verify news stories, and fact-check political statements.
Noha is interested in researching the practices of social media users and in relation to the political and social sphere as well as their impact on the traditional media. She is particularly looking at the Arab world, making use of her familiarity with culture and being a native speaker.
Her PHD is on the changes in the performance of local and international Arabic broadcast services caused by citizen journalism in covering the Egyptian revolution, as well the influence of the institutional media on the foundation and work system of citizen journalism networks.
The Egyptian Twitter, what is happening there? At: Media, Youth Subcultures and the Politics of Resistance in the Arab World, (London, 2012)
The Relationship between Egyptian Professional and Citizen Journalists (2000-2010). At: Half a Century of Communication Research in Egypt and Internationally: Current and Future Trends, Cairo (December 2011)
Virtual Activism in the Arab World. At: New Media Alternative Politics, Cambridge (October 2010)