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Biography of Professor Robert L. Jones, II

I am Professor of Visual Communication Practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining this faculty in 2004, I worked more than 25 years as a commercial photographer, photojournalist, television film documentary producer and media consultant. In addition, I am a distance-learning consultant to several emerging virtual universities and training centers.

My creative work has been featured in many publications and television broadcasts including National Geographic Magazine, CBS-TV, ABC-TV, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine and Life Magazine.

Since 1993, I have been engaged in work that aims to enhance the quality of education in Africa and the Diaspora through the integration of interactive information and communication technologies. In 2010 I published the first twelve modules in a series of on-line dynamic virtual e-textbooks for visual communicators--"Shedding Light on Photography: Your Concise Guide to Technical Control and Artistic Rendering” and "Publication Design Principles and Practices”. These interactive, participatory and culture specific learning resources are designed to work in concert with “Treasures of Africa and the Middle East” (Magazine/e-Zine) and the SIMBA Photography Agency that I developed to provide my students with practical ways to compete against world class image makers while showcasing their own constantly developing professional skills.

I am producing a series of illustrated catalogs and coffee table books focusing on the need to preserve the ancient arts and crafts of Egypt and other African countries as part of a community based learning project for ethnographic media that is funded by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. This work is being expanded into an international community based learning project with support from the OnLine Africa Knowledge Foundation and will result in the rebirth of African Treasures Magazine and a journal for the Society of African Journalists.