Inside Newsroom: Social Media & News Production in the UAE

Abstract

News Coverage in the Middle East has managed to break its shackles of censorship to a large extent in the last two decades. The advent of satellite television followed by Internet connectivity via mobile devices has had a revolutionizing effect on Arab Media. In the backdrop of Arab Spring and with the rise of Social Media, there is a genuine lack of understanding to what transpires inside a newsroom (Pintak, 2009). Although Agenda Setting which drives both journalist and public opinion has been analysed too often, yet they rarely follow up by going inside the newsroom and asking reporters and editors how they constructed their stories and how social media has influenced the news gathering tools (Klinenberg, 2005). This research intends to examine journalistic production and the practices of two major news-organisations in the UAE and to show how reporters/editors manage the constraints of immediacy in news production under regimes of convergence news making. The study will help understand the use of Social Media by the reporters for news coverage and its limitations. The Study will draw connections between the political economy of the journalistic field, the organisational structure for news production, new communication technologies, and the qualities of content created by media workers. It will also help to demarcate the tools of social media and their mode of preferences among the journalists in the UAE.



Author Information
Sabir Haque, Manipal University Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Seena Biju, Manipal University Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paper Information
Conference: MediAsia2013
Stream: Media Studies

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