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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

The Egyptian President’s Speech


Being the last show to air of the week, I feel the need to end the week with a bang and give the viewers some amazing story to end their school week with. I always try to vary from the other shows of the week but this week my hand was forced. My lead story was of Mubarak and Egypt. The most difficult part of the opening was trying to decipher what was actually happening in Egypt. Mubarak made his speech around 4p.m. and translators and AP wires made it difficult to figure out what he has said and what was the most important point in his speech. I started off with his announcement to not step down and the crowd’s reaction to him. I was aiming to allow the viewer to feel the tension in the square and then their frustration and anger at his refusal to step down. I then had the speech broken down into his main points. From there we rolled into the Egyptian military and the Vice-President and the power Mubarak handed over to them earlier that day. I was very proud of our coverage and the graphics, which made the speech that much easier for our viewers to follow.

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