The Egyptian revolution, and how a premature report of Mubarak's departure spread

For this week’s post, I re-examined the timeline in which the news media inaccurately reported Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was stepping down on Thursday, Feb. 10. We know now that he has stepped aside, but on Thursday the news media, like the crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, got a different ending to their narrative.

Here is an attempt to break down the from my point of view using Storify. This mainly reflects Twitter and my experiences.

Robert Hernandez is a Web Journalism professor at USC Annenberg and co-creator of #wjchat, a weekly chat for Web Journalists held on Twitter. You can contact him by e-mail ([email protected]) or through Twitter (@webjournalist). Yes, he’s a tech/journo geek.

About Robert Hernandez

Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, is an assistant professor at USC Annenberg. Hernandez has been working in Web journalism for more than a decade. He has worked for,,, La Prensa Gr