Tunisian journalism professor
Catherine Cassara, journalism (left), met with Fatma Azouz last year in Tunis when BGSU faculty worked with faculty from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences.


Tunisian journalism professor to be Fulbright Scholar here

The School of Communication Studies will welcome Dr. Fatma Azouz of Tunisia as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence this fall. Azouz’s visit to BGSU is part of a developing relationship between the school and scholars and students from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences (Institut de Presse and des Sciences de l’Information-IPSI), in Tunis.

Azouz, an assistant professor of journalism at IPSI, is also the Tunisian partnership director for BGSU’s collaboration with the institute. The joint venture is supported by a grant from the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. She has worked with School of Communication Studies faculty
developing the two-year project, which involves BGSU faculty helping IPSI develop a new degree focus in international media and new curricula in the areas of international media, women and the media, new media, the role of media in building democratic societies, environmental reporting and journalism ethics.
The partnership has created opportunities for BGSU and IPSI faculty to work together in Bowling Green and Tunis, and for Tunisian students to visit BGSU this summer for a two-week workshop.

In addition to her academic affiliation, Azouz is also a practitioner of journalism, having worked at Radio Television Tunisienne, Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Corp.

She is committed to advancing the understanding of cultures and nations through international exchange and dialogue, and to women’s rights and professional development.

Azouz has participated in international meetings on “Training Communication Skills,” in Tunis, and on “Youth Representations of Women’s Rights,” in Tabarka, Tunisia. She has presented her work on Arab women journalists in Beirut and Tunis, and has published articles on such topics as women and the media in the Arab world, the Tunisian press and the environment and international media.

She received her Ph.D. in journalism from Pantheon University in Paris and was awarded a Humphrey Fellowship to study in the United States from 2000-01. She completed her journalism training at Belgian Radio Television and studied digital editing in Marseilles, France, and at the African Center for the Perfection of Journalists and Communicators (Centre Africain de Perfectionnement des Journalistes et Communicateurs).

August 15, 2005