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Egypt's 'unfinished revolution,' reported from the ground in Cairo.

Unpacking a revolution in Cairo

Open Hands Initiative founder Jay Snyder and GlobalPost chief correspondent Charles Sennott get young reporting fellows underway.
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Egyptian "Covering a Revolution" fellows Omnia Al Desoukie, Sara Elkamel and Deena Adel participate in the first day of discussion in Cairo on October 13, 2011. (Kim Badawi/GlobalPost)

CAIRO — Just minutes from Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital — still in tumult 10 months after the start of the revolution — seventeen young Egyptian and American journalists gathered for the GlobalPost / Open Hands Initiative “Covering a Revolution” Fellowship.

Open Hands Initiative (OHI) founder Jay Snyder welcomed the group with a message of “people-to-people understanding.”

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The Egyptian revolution's early, failed days

David Wolman spent time with the April 6 Movement well before it reached critical mass.
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Wired magazine contributing editor David Wolman at the Open Hands Initiative / GlobalPost 'Covering a Revolution' seminar in Cairo, October 2011. (Kim Badawi/GlobalPost)

CAIRO — The revolution began as a failure.
 
At least that’s how it seemed on a sun-scorched summer day in 2008, as security forces easily dispersed a small group of protesters attempting to spread their pro-democracy message on an Alexandria beach.
 
David Wolman, contributing editor for Wired magazine, was shadowing activist Ahmed Maher and some friends for a story on Egypt’s nascent social networking protest movement.

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January 25: (Not) a Facebook revolution

Egyptian activists reveal social networking had a marginal role in the people’s uprising, and real change is expected to take time.
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Egyptian social networkersand leading activists in the January Revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak Ramy Raoof (L) and Ahmed Maher (R) at the Open Hands Initiative GlobalPost Seminar on 'Covering a Revolution' in Cairo, October 2011. (Gary Knight/GlobalPost)

Minutes before April 6th movement founder Ahmed Maher joined a panel to discuss the role internet social networking played — and did not play — in the Egyptian people’s uprising, he stood on the 20th floor balcony of the Cairo Marriott looking serene and hopeful.

“Now, we are preparing for part two of the revolution,” he said with a smile.

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Egypt: 'Covering a Revolution' fellows converge in Cairo

A team of young Egyptian and American journalists answer the question, "Where were you on January 25?"
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GlobalPost / Open Hands Initiative "Covering a Revolution" fellow Mai Shams El-Din connects via her smartphone as Egyptian activists and bloggers Gigi Abrahim (L) Ramy Raoof (C) and Ahmed Maher (R) discuss the revolution in Cairo, October 2011. (Ben Brody/GlobalPost)

CAIRO – Mohamed Abdelfattah, then a young videographer for Al Ahram online, said, “I’m a journalist. Here’s my credential.”

The Egyptian policeman slapped him, and as he pushed him into a police van said, “You’re a journalist and chanting against Mubarak.”

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