HPU Communication Professors Team Up, Publish Article on Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 4, 2011 — Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of journalism, and Dr. Julie Wiest, assistant professor of strategic communication at High Point University, recently published an article, titled “Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution: Reconsidering Resource Mobilization Theory” in the International Journal of Communication.

In the article, Eltantawy and Wiest highlight the importance of social media in the 2011 Egyptian revolution through a limited case study analysis. The professors argue that social media played an instrumental role in the success of the anti-government protests that led to the resignation of the country’s leader.

Eltantawy, a native of Egypt, has been monitoring the Egyptian revolution from the beginning, and says this was the perfect time for the professors to combine their expertise. Social media is also a topic heavily discussed in her journalism classes.

“We both worked hard on this article, and I’m very proud of our collaborative work,” Eltantawy says. “In my own classes, we talk about citizen journalism a lot and how social media can provide quick yet interesting ways of dispersing the news. This is a perfect case study to demonstrate how social media can be a great journalism tool.”

Wiest agrees, adding that this article is also a good example of interdisciplinary scholarship and how a combination of perspectives strengthens understanding of a phenomenon.

“My experience working with Dr. Eltantawy on this piece also is an example of collaborative and cooperative work completed under tight time restrictions,” Wiest says. “I, too, am proud of what we accomplished with this paper.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠  HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

# # # Pam Haynes
Communication Specialist

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