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Online Publishing
22 March 2010
Converging News Culture
One year after its switch from a traditional to a converged newsroom, Dubai-based Gulf News has undergone "a significant cultural change". More
10 August 2009
ABC to Delicious
delicious_logo.jpgThe 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
29 July 2009
Never Underestimate the Appetite for Change
david_brewer_pic.JPGBuy 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
24 July 2009
ABC to MySpace
myspace_logo.pngThe 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
20 July 2009
ABC to Twitter
twitter_logo.jpgThe 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
23 March 2009
Online publishing debate underpins need for ACAP
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
25 February 2009
Lebanese An-Nahar Daily Launches Web TV
an_nahar_video_journalist_front.jpgOne 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
24 February 2009
Online Journalists To Create Labour Union in Morocco
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
23 February 2009
Gulf News Launches Converged Newsroom
Gulf_News_Continuous_Newsdesk.jpg"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
30 January 2009
Elaph: the Number Online Newspaper in the Arab World
Picture 1_5.pngElaph.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
08 January 2009
Going Convergent in the Arab World
awannewsroom.jpgThe 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
15 October 2008
Success of the Web? Try Newspaper Values With a New Twist
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
12 August 2008
“This new Kuwaiti law means two words: SHUT UP”
Kuwait.jpgAfter 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
30 July 2008
“Citizen journalists are playing a big role in the Arab world”
Picture 1_1.png"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
25 March 2008
Internet Censorship in the Gulf Countries, Part III
Picture 2_3.pngIn 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. 
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12 March 2008
How Free are Arab Bloggers?
picaljazeera.jpgThere 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.
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11 March 2008
Internet Censorship in the Gulf Countries, Part II
Picture_4.pngIn 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.
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04 March 2008
New York Times Launches Blog in Baghdad
The New York Times has launched a new Baghdad-based blog, entitled "Baghdad Bureau: Iraq from the Inside." The blog will aim to complement the newspaper's coverage of the situation in Iraq. 
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04 March 2008
Internet Censorship in the Gulf Countries, Part I
qtel_block_msg.jpgIn 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.
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28 January 2008
ACAP Answers Its Critics
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.
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28 January 2008
News Websites in Yemen Targeted
walid.jpgIn 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.
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23 January 2008
Newsroom Integration - Why, How and When
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.
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09 January 2008
Reporting Lebanon Through Blogs
mustapha.jpgMustapha 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. 
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01 December 2007
New Open Standard for Publishers & Search Engines Goes Live
Picture_8.jpg Publishers around the world are being asked to implement a new web publishing standard that allows them to better protect their intellectual property rights.
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27 November 2007
Circumventing the Gatekeepers
apn.jpgInternet 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.
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24 October 2007
The Internet as a Global Village for Arab Activists
Mideast.gifA young Arab blogger tells about why internet has come to play such an important role for the Arab youth.
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17 September 2007
10 Steps to Citizen Journalism Online
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
15 September 2007
Arab Bloggers - Foe or Ally?
wa3yanim150bf2.gifThe 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?
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30 August 2007
Behind the Success of Gulfnews.com
gulfnews_logo.gifGulfnews.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.
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29 May 2007
Just Published: World Digital Media Trends

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.

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21 February 2007
Conference to Explore Reading Habits Among Young People

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.

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11 July 2006
Evolution - Not Revolution
The Telegraph 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.
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11 July 2006
Using Online Advertising Tools to Learn What Readers Want
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.
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11 July 2006
Preparing for the Internet Revolution in China
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 challenge. More
18 April 2006
Looking for a Business Model
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.
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07 March 2006
MEPC: Online Publishing
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.
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06 December 2005
Alanwar.com to Start Charging
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. More