الجمعة، يونيو 08، 2007

YOUTHINK mag., a dream that came true

October 2005, a year that marked the birth of the initial idea of YOUTHINK magazine.


The story begins when me and my "brother" Amr were in a boring lecture about photographing in Journalism, while the lecturer was talking, Amr suddenly told me, "Ayman, what do YOUTHINK of publishing a magazine in English that targets Muslim youth, as a first priority, all over the world. It won't be a religious mag., it will be a general one containing sports, arts & culture, politics, tourism, technology, and other sections. Islam will be the content's background, however, non-Muslims can read it, cause its not religious".

Then he continued to explain his idea, which I admired so much, and we agreed to talk to some of our colleagues to form a group to work on this dream, so that one day, it can be true.

Aisha el-haddad, Amira Qasem & Engy Ghozlan were the first comers, and then the 12 other members: Ahmed Abdel Hamid, Dina Samaha, Salma el-Gazzar, Olfat Ahmed, Amira Mahmoud, Asmaa Khaleel, Sarah Ayman, Mohammed el-Shishtawy, Sarah el-Haddad, Aya Mousa, Kholoud el-Liethy, and Ethar Ahmed.

Of course, some new ideas were added to the initial one, and Aisha was the playmaker of many important modifications.

Finally, after one year and nine months, after a very hard work, many meetings, a lot of brainstorming, and many many sacrifices, YOUTHINK has been born.

The credit goes to Allah of course, and to the fabulous work done by our Editor-In-Cheif: Aisha el-Haddad, Executive Editor: Amr Fahmy, Art Department Manager: Olfat Ahmed, Layout Designer and Web-site Manager: Amira Qasem, Photographer and Layout Designer: Dina Samaha, Multi-media: Mohammed el-Shishtawy, Photographer and Layout Designer: Salma el-Gazzar, Financial Manager: Amira Mahmoud, Marketing Executive: Ahmed Abdel Hamid, Layout Designers: Asmaa Khaleel, Kholoud el-Liethy, Ethar Ahmed & Sarah Ayman, Proofreaders: Engy Ghozlan & Sarah el-Haddad, and finally, Aya Mousa.

Those fabulous people, and of course me :), are the ones who gave birth to the magazine, helped to bring it to the world, and hopefully, achieved the goal. God bless you YOUTHINK staff.