Arab Today, arab today ‘we will always be as good as our last story’
Last Updated : GMT 14:49:57
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

‘We will always be as good as our last story’

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today ‘we will always be as good as our last story’

Faisal J. Abbas

Arab News today celebrates its 42nd anniversary, just as I am preparing to mark six months on the job as its editor in chief in a few days’ time. Naturally, much has changed in the paper since its establishment in 1975. I would like to think that much has also changed in the half-year since the team and I started working on our new management’s mandate to make the paper “more digital, more global.”

Passion for journalism and quality content remain at the heart of what we do, and always will. We are delighted to announce that we have just surpassed the 100,000-mark on Twitter, we have reached 5 million followers on our Facebook page, and we have nearly 300,000 fans on our Instagram page. Last month marked our biggest ever in terms of online traffic. All this, and we are only just getting started!

Newspapers worldwide are undergoing massive change, and are being challenged by new competitors every day. The whole concept of print itself is being questioned, and these changes do not come without their issues.

Perhaps we as news consumers are now facing — more than ever before — an unprecedented rise in “fake news,” fueled by the ease of dissemination through social networks. Similarly, financial challenges and changing business models are making it difficult for quality news brands to remain sustainable, particularly since — as anyone in our industry knows — news-gathering is an incredibly costly business.

This means investing in established, trustworthy news brands is now more crucial than ever. We at Arab News have never been known to run away from challenges, but rather take them on and find ways not only to survive but to thrive.

As we strive to find new sources of revenue and refine our operation to make it “lean and mean,” we must also look at the opportunities that come with these changes in our industry. One major advantage is that there is no such thing as being a “local” content provider anymore. Thanks to advancements in technology that eliminate most barriers to entry, we are now all global players, whether we like it or not.

As such, we are now more capable than ever of attracting new audiences and advertisers outside our traditional markets. What helps us particularly in Arab News is that our slogan has always been: “The Middle East’s leading English-language daily.”

All we need to do is continue producing excellent journalism while ensuring that we are efficiently and effectively utilizing technological advancements to expand our reach and strengthen our brand. This obviously goes hand-in-hand with our need to cater to a new generation of news consumers, who need to be better informed if we are to trust them to make important decisions in the future.

Over the past six months, we have appointed regionally and internationally renowned journalists and analysts in key countries as part of our aim to widen our reach and footprint. At the same time, we are on a constant lookout for talented youngsters to document and narrate the path-breaking changes taking place in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.

Also over the past six months, we have been quoted in various respectable international media organizations on a number of issues. Our head-turning headlines and front-pages have been widely shared and discussed on the likes of CNN, the BBC and various social media platforms. Our stories have been dissected in the corridors of power in the East and West.

Providing quality content is my commitment to our readers. It remains our position that editorial integrity cannot be promised, it must be proven. This is why, and as part of our commitment to quality content, we are proud to announce our partnership with YouGov, the world pioneer and leader in online polling.

We worked with YouGov in November last year, and our first ever regional poll on Arab sentiment prior to the US election proved to be an incredible success, with so many readers, academic institutions and media outlets downloading it, citing it, or requesting further details and additional copies.

Last but not least, I would like to thank all my previous editors in chief. Thanks to them, we have a well-established brand we can build on as we keep an eye on the future. To our avid and loyal readers, I say: We do not take any of this for granted, and you should rest assured that we are fully aware that as journalists, we will always only be as good as our last story.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today ‘we will always be as good as our last story’ Arab Today, arab today ‘we will always be as good as our last story’

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fashion designer reveals her new collection

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

GMT 09:36 2017 Monday ,21 August

Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights
Arab Today, arab today Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs
Arab Today, arab today South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives

GMT 20:49 2017 Monday ,21 August

South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives
Arab Today, arab today For 'embarrassing' selfies with Mogherini

GMT 15:37 2017 Thursday ,10 August

For 'embarrassing' selfies with Mogherini
Arab Today, arab today Shrouk Ibrahim highlights attractiveness of women

GMT 15:34 2017 Friday ,11 August

Shrouk Ibrahim highlights attractiveness of women
Arab Today, arab today Brief tourism impact from Spain attacks

GMT 11:23 2017 Saturday ,19 August

Brief tourism impact from Spain attacks
Arab Today, arab today Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation
Arab Today, arab today Suhair Jaradat expresses her anger

GMT 03:25 2017 Wednesday ,09 August

Suhair Jaradat expresses her anger
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Expert blames measures against the Gaza Strip

GMT 16:48 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Expert blames measures against the Gaza Strip
Arab Today, arab today Egyptian MP warns of unlicensed health centers

GMT 13:47 2017 Monday ,21 August

Egyptian MP warns of unlicensed health centers
Arab Today, arab today UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch

GMT 23:12 2017 Monday ,21 August

UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today In probe of Fiat Chrysler, union

GMT 11:19 2017 Saturday ,19 August

In probe of Fiat Chrysler, union
Arab Today, arab today Dora: Her role is different from previous roles

GMT 09:11 2017 Monday ,21 August

Dora: Her role is different from previous roles
Arab Today, arab today Mexico City fishermen fight

GMT 05:22 2017 Sunday ,20 August

Mexico City fishermen fight

GMT 10:33 2017 Saturday ,19 August

Youssra Al Lozy happy for her role in “Al-Halal”

GMT 12:18 2017 Friday ,18 August

Youssra prepares for new film with Zafer

GMT 03:43 2017 Wednesday ,16 August

Enas Al Deghidy promoted gender equality

GMT 17:35 2017 Monday ,14 August

Tunisia pushes for achieving gender equality

GMT 16:20 2017 Friday ,04 August

Rawda Al Mehy invents a new idea to design

GMT 16:17 2017 Sunday ,30 July

Engy explains secrets of Kafr Delhab

GMT 19:41 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Senegal's slave shipwreck detective

GMT 12:33 2017 Wednesday ,16 August

Kuwait reports second oil spill

GMT 14:44 2017 Monday ,29 May

Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan

GMT 15:53 2017 Saturday ,27 May

How to do your own Ramadan corner?

GMT 16:13 2017 Friday ,18 August

Drug 'personalities' die in Philippines'

GMT 09:20 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Hokkaido makes it special

GMT 14:18 2017 Friday ,18 August

Quiet seaside resort of Cambrils emerges

GMT 09:07 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Ibiza struggles to house locals

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 18:18 2017 Saturday ,22 July

Honor 9 smartphone coming soon to Kingdom

GMT 11:40 2017 Saturday ,29 July

Designer Mennatallah reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday