The Arab Press Network, through the ANDP programme, will be publishing a serie of articles about social media tools, and how they are being used currently by journalists. Delicious is the fourth social networking tool to be introduced, as part of this serie. it is a social bookmarking tool, which allows users to bookmark, tag and share websites that catch their interest as they go about browsing the Internet. More
Buy in is crucial, no project can work without a conviction from the top, says international media consultant David Brewer who collaborated with Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar to launch one of the first web TV channels in the Arab world. APN interviewed David Brewer to have more insight on this project. More
The Arab Press Network, through the ANDP programme, will be publishing a serie of articles about social media tools, and how they are being used currently by journalists. MySpace is the third social networking tool to be introduced, as part of this serie. MySpace is a social networking site which allows users to create networks of friends, maintain a blog, join groups, and share pictures and video. MySpace users are able to personalize their pages using HTML coding, a feature that many other social networking website do not offer. More
The Arab Press Network, through the ANDP programme, will be publishing a serie of articles about social media tools, and how they are being used currently by journalists. Twitter is the second social networking tool to be introduced, as part of this serie. It is a social media and micro-blogging platform which allows users to send and read updates, known as 'tweets,' up to 140 characters in length. The success and popularity of this web apparatus has skyrocketed, and it has become one of the top three most used social networking tools, behind Facebook and MySpace. More
ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol), the new tool devised by the worldwide publishing community to help make copyright work on the web, is gaining more and more traction with an industry that feels it risks losing control of its main asset - its content. Over 800 sites in 43 countries worldwide have already implemented ACAP on their sites, 53% of which are in the US, as the clearest possible sign to the search engine community and other aggregators that publishers are reasserting their right to decide on the use of their intellectual property, a right which is currently ignored by many players on the Internet. More
One of Lebanon's leading newspapers, the independent An-Nahar, has moved into video production in an effort to reach a new, online audience. The aim is to offer searching, interesting and informative behind-the-scenes journalism aimed at strengthening the brand's presence in the region. The news focus will be based on the same editorial values and thrust as the main print newsroom of An-Nahar, but with the aim to offer a new snap-shot on life in Lebanon, more fitting to those who consume their news through You Tube and social networking sites. More
Online journalists in Morocco have decided to create a new union that is able to regulate their work and defend their rights and freedoms, Magharebia.com reports. According to the Moroccan Union of Online Press, a committee is planning a national conference for online journalists, bloggers and internet writers to launch a new entity for that purpose. More
"Rome was not built in a day," declares Abdul Hamid Ahmad, editor-in-chief of the Dubai-based Gulf News, when speaking of the major change that his newspaper has recently undergone. "We have been planning this for a while. It is a cultural shift and cannot be achieved overnight." Ahmad spoke with APN about Gulf News' recent newsroom integration and the value that he hopes the changes will provide for the daily's readers. More
Elaph.com, launched in May 2001 by Saudi journalist and businessman Osman el-Omeir, is the most widely read news website in the Arab world not associated with any established print or broadcast medium. In an interview with the APN, Elie Hajj, one of Elaph's senior Lebanon correspondents, noted, "Elaph is not afraid to take risks in putting out its news stories. Because it is based in London, it does not face the same censorship as other media in the Arab world, and is even banned in certain countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Syria." More
The Awan daily in Kuwait was the first Arab newspaper to employ a convergent newsroom back in November 2007. "We started by differentiating from other traditional Arabic newspapers where there are rankings: the editor-in-chief and sub-editors. What we have is three editors, one for the website and two for the printed paper," said Dr. Rumaihi, founder and editor of Awan, in an interview with APN. More
Despite impressive gains in audience and advertisers, newspaper websites do not produce revenue comparable to that of print newspapers. Caroline Little, advisor to The Washington Post and The Guardian on their Internet strategies, comments on this at the WAN World Digital Publishing Conference, taking place in Amsterdam 15-16 October. More
After months of planning, Kuwait's Public Prosecutors Office (PPO) is set to finalize a bill that will punish 'Internet offenders' in the country. APN spoke with two Kuwaiti bloggers about the proposed Internet Crime and Data Information law, why it is being implemented and how to get around it. More
"Citizen journalists report on how the world really is," says Sashi Kumar, Chairman of the Media Development Foundation at the Asian College of Journalism in India. Kumar, along with Nahla Al Shahhal, a freelance journalist contributing to the Al Hayat daily in Lebanon; Ayman Al-Sayyad, editor-in-chief of Egypt's Weghat Nazar magazine; and Jihad Al Khazen, a columnist for the Al Hayat daily in London, spoke with APN about the swell of citizen journalism in the Arab world. More
In a three-part series, APN looks at Internet censorship in the Gulf countries, the tools used by the authorities and which areas of the Web they target. The third part looks at the heavy Internet censorship reportedly taking place in Bahrain and Yemen.
There is growing government pressure on bloggers throughout the Arab world. However, the unison reply from these members of the online community is that they will not accept to be silenced. Meet some of the most prominent and outspoken bloggers in Egypt, Tunisia, Saudia Arabia and Syria.
In a three-part series, APN looks at Internet censorship in the Gulf countries, the tools used by the authorities and which areas of the Web they target. The second part assesses the situation in Saudi Arabia where over 400,000 websites are reportedly blocked from access.
In a three-part series, APN looks at Internet censorship in the Gulf countries, the tools used by the authorities and which areas of the Web they target. The first part gives a general introduction to the situation in the region and explores where things stand in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Since the recent launch of ACAP, the new standard to protect the intellectual property of anyone publishing on the worldwide web, the blogosphere has been full of comments about it -- and not all of them have been polite.
In recent months, at least eight news websites in Yemen have been blocked within the country by the public internet service provider, operated by the Ministry of Telecommunications. The authorities have not offered any explanation to why the websites have been blocked, but in an interview with APN, Walid Al-Saqaf, founder of Yemen Portal, the country's first news crawler and one of three websites blocked on 19 January, claims it is an act of censorship.
Is newsroom integration really working? Editors at four of the world's most prestigious newspapers will examine this question at the 15th World Editors Forum, to be held in Sweden in June, the Forum announced on Tuesday.
Mustapha Hamoui, the author of beirutspring, one of the highest-profile blogs in the Lebanese blogosphere, never wanted to be a journalist. Still, his ambition is to change things through writing. Less than three years after its creation his blog registers as many as 1000 hits a day.
Internet has become a place where young people in the Arab world can discuss and obtain information about a number of taboo subjects such as sexuality, poverty and human rights issues. Bahraini blogger Esra'a Al Shafei gives her perspective on this new trend.
The International Center for Journalists has just released a free and interactive training module, both for journalists and amateurs, designed to introduce user to the basics of citizen journalism and blogs. More
The Arab world has recently seen the emergence of outspoken bloggers whose critical postings often anger the authorities. In several countries these freedom of expression advocates have been charged with defamation and put behind bars. How do Arab newspapers cope with these new competitors who scorn the market constraints and are able to bypass the governmental anti-free speech arsenals thanks to their anonymity?
Gulfnews.com, the electronic version of the Emirati English-language daily, is one of the most successful newspaper websites in the Arab region with an average of 1.1 million unique users per month. Online manager Sean Burns spoke to APN about the key ingredients that contribute to this achievement and the future plans for the website.
The World Association of Newspapers has gathered the latest digital media data and forecasts into a new publication, "World Digital Media Trends," to assist the world’s media strategists to profit from the tremendous opportunity of digital media.
Time is getting short to register for the 7th World Young Reader
Conference, “Making New Connections,” set for 25 to 28 March 2007 in
Washington, D.C., USA.
The event will include the full range of
new approaches, delivery platforms and rethinking we must be doing to
have a hope that newspapers will connect with a generation whose
members are more and more content to find out for themselves what’s
going on and using paths we don’t provide.
was the first newspaper in the United Kingdom to offer its content
online and the first to offer podcasts. It has embraced the digital
future completely. Marketing Director Katie Vanneck and New Media
Director Annelies van den Belt spoke about how to integrate new media
into the newspaper culture.
Chilean publisher Agustín J Edwards has been working with readership data on a per-story basis for three years. Page view counters have long been used to measure "click-throughs" on online advertising banners. Mr Edwards' newspaper, Las Ultimas Noticias, has attached them to every editorial story online, "so we can infer what readers are most interested in," he says.
More than 100
million newspapers are printed in China each day, making the country
the world's biggest newspaper market. It has more newspapers among the
world's 100 largest papers than any other country. But while the
Chinese newspaper market is booming, the Chinese Newspaper Association
is not sitting on its laurels: It is preparing for the internet
The Lebanese Daily Star currently has 750,000 monthly visitors and the number keeps increasing, according to General Manager Ayad Tassabehji.
However, online advertising revenue represents 1 per cent of its
overall advertising income. As many newspapers the world over, The Daily Star is looking for ways to increase its revenues online.
How do you
re-invent a classical market like publishing when it is growing too
fast to track? This was the question Ahmed Al Mansoori, Chairman of the
Second Middle East Publishers Conference, Dubai Consultancy, Research
and Media Centre, asked and answered in the opening session. There are
several ways that publications can and must re-invent themselves,
pushed by technological advances, changing markets and the desire of
readers for interactivity through online initiatives.
The electronic edition of the Arab-language Lebanese newspaper Al Anwar,
which claims to be the oldest Arab newspaper on the internet, will
start charging for its services in six months. APN spoke to Zeena Trad,
Head of Al Anwar’s internet edition.