The Future of Online News Video: A UAE Perspective


Online Video is a crucial component of the new media landscape accounting for much of the web traffic to mainstream news organizations website and social media platforms. Most of the news organizations have been building resources over the past years raising their proficiency in handling video. Today they produce regular news headlines in video and provide live streaming using services such as Periscope and Facebook Live. However, legacy new publishers are facing intense competition from digital-native news publishers, as they both have the same goal: Getting more people to watch their video. The recent changes to Facebook-newsfeed' algorithm, may worsen the fate of news publishers ahead. The study aims to understand what strategy the legacy news publishers in the UAE are employing to make compelling, shareable video content. The research involves interviewing Journalists and senior editors from the two-leading news organization in Dubai: Gulf News and Khaleej Times to examine their approach towards online news video. Analysis of the news organization performances with video news stories will help understand what the future holds for a news organization as they adapt to the new medium of storytelling including apps, going beyond newsletter, podcasts and aggregation platforms.

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Sabir Haque, MAHE Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates

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Conference: MediAsia2018
Stream: Digital Media and Use of New Technology in Newsgathering

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