Tag: arab spring

by Sonia Paul

A newly updated survey by the Northwestern University in Qatar reveals an expansive look at attitudes and behaviors toward the media across the Middle East. The survey, “Media Use in the Middle East,” documents trends in Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the UAE, and is a follow-up to the first region-wide survey that was conducted in […] more »

by Hiba Zayadin

Abdullah Al-Maglooth and Raif Badawi are both Saudi bloggers. They both enjoy a massive online following. But while one of them was honored at the Arab Social Media Awards for employing social media channels to promote positivity and tolerance, the other is serving a ten-year prison sentence, and the very reason for his incarceration is […] more »

by Angela Washeck

A new study by Northwestern University in Qatar and the Doha Film Institute reveals that Middle Eastern citizens are quite active online, with many spending time on the web daily to watch news and entertainment video, access social media and stream music, film and TV. “Entertainment Media Use In the Middle East” is a six-nation […] more »

by Angela Washeck

Veteran journalist Andy Carvin gained fame by using Twitter for blanket real-time coverage of the Arab Spring revolutions. Based in NPR’s newsroom at the time, Carvin led one of the most memorable examples of crowdsourced reporting efforts ever seen in the industry, collaborating with sources knowledgeable about the Middle East conflict and Arabic dialects, while […] more »

by Janna Quitney Anderson

The World Wide Web turns 25 March 12, and the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center are issuing a number of important reports coinciding with this milestone. When you reduce it to simple numbers, the power and influence of today’s networked communications is fairly mind-boggling. Recently released results gathered […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Post-Arab Spring, citizen journalists suffer (Alice Su / Columbia Journalism Review) 2. Twitter's SuperBowl goal: More ad credibility (Yoree Koh & Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal)  3. BuzzFeed is the future (whether it lives or dies) (John Evans / TechCrunch)   4. The News Literacy Project is bringing its curriculum online (Ben Adler […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. BuzzFeed’s video strategy relies on identity, emotion and sharing content as communication (Caroline Donovan / Nieman Lab) 2. The phone that helped Andy Carvin report the Arab Spring is now in the Smithsonian (Vicky Gan / Smithsonian Magazine) 3. Consumer Reports restructures to survive in the digital era (Jim Romenesko) 4. Google Plus remains […] more »

by A. Adam Glenn

Andy Carvin is the “war reporter who never attended the war.” And indeed, NPR’s senior social media strategist came to the attention of the journalism and wider world in a unique fashion during the Arab Spring, tweeting virtually around the clock while monitoring half a dozen revolutions in the region — all from his perch […] more »

by Jenny Hauser

When young Arabs took to the streets of North Africa in 2011 to fight for democracy armed with Internet-connected mobile phones, few, if any, were there to shake the foundations of traditional news reporting. But their YouTube videos and other social media content have become a staple of news coverage from the region. Even the […] more »

by Cathy Yungmann

It seems that providing students with the opportunity for global education experiences is currently a major initiative in higher education. The benefits of preparing college students — especially journalism students — to become global citizens through international contacts are obvious. Some educators are calling it “internationalization.” But a recent report claims that the numbers of […] more »