Reporting in the MENA Region
Fig. 1. Reporting in the MENA Region. Courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Rowman & Littlefield publishes a new book titled "Reporting in the MENA Region: Cyber Engagement and Pan-Arab Social Media" written by Mohammad Ayish and Noha Mellor.

Publication Data

Ayish, Mohammad & Mellor, Noha. Reporting in the MENA Region: Cyber Engagement and Pan-Arab Social Media. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4422-3762-9.


In this consideration of media practice in the Arab region, Mohammad Ayish and Noha Mellor explore the changing status and function of journalists and journalism given the new realities of reporting in the digital age. 

The authors draw on focus group discussions, interviews, and social media traffic surveys to examine how social and new media have been integrated into Arab and pan-Arab newsroom operations and harnessed to enhance engagement with an empowered audience. Efforts to engage with audiences in social space, Ayish and Mellor argue, are part of a broad and long-waged information war aimed at winning hearts and minds in the MENA region. Social platforms present excellent opportunities to engage with audiences, but the extent to which such opportunities can be realized are hamstrung by limits on free expression and online access—and vary significantly from country to country and from media channel to media channel. Overall, Reporting in the MENA Region paints a comprehensive and contemporary picture of how today’s Arab journalists perceive and use digital media.

About the Authors

Mohammad Ayish is professor of communication at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He served as Dean of the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah from 2002-2008. He has over 60 published articles and book chapters on Arab satellite television, media and democratization, development communication, Arab-Islamic communication perspectives. His most recently published books include Arab Media (co-author, 2011) and The New Arab Public Sphere (2008). 

Noha Mellor is professor of media at Bedfordshire University, UK. She’s the author of several volumes about Arab media, including The Making of Arab News (2005), Modern Arab Journalism (2007), Arab Journalists in Transnational Media (2011) and Arab Media (co-author, 2011).

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