For the past two weeks, KUT News has hosted two students from Tunisia: Salma Abed, 22, and Khaoula Nagati, 23.
Traveling from Tunsia, to Washington D.C., to Austin and back again, Abed and Nagati are part of a traveling delegation of Tunisian journalism students, sponsored by the International Center for Journalists.
Abed graduated from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences in June 2011, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in electronic journalism. Nagati also graduated from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences.
We asked Abed and Nagati to describe their experiences in Austin. They accompanied reporters from KUT on a preview of a futuristic design exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center on the UT campus, a event announcing a Formula 1-related scholarship program for the Del Valle school district, and an Austin Police press conference regarding pedestrian fatalities. Their visit also came as protests rocked the Middle East, tied in part to an inflammatory anti-Muslim film, and a bomb hoax on the UT campus evacuated the KUT newsroom.