Anonymous, 7 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: citizen journalism

New Report: Freedom of the Press 2014: Press Freedom at the Lowest Level in a Decade

Freedom House released its new report titled Freedom of the Press 2014 which says that the freedom of the press has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade. In the MENA region the improvements took place in Algeria, Yemen, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Israel.

Book: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures

The book provides contextually rooted discussions of trends, practices, and emerging cultures of web-based journalism(s) across the continent, offering a comprehensive research tool that can both stand the test of time as well as offer researchers (particularly those in the economically developed Global North) models for cross-cultural comparative research. The essays here deploy either a wide range of evidence or adopt a case-study approach to engage with contemporary developments in African online journalism.

New Report: Blogs and Bullets III: Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War

The United States Institute of Peace released a report that analyzes the role of social media in Syria's civil war. The report is titled Blogs and Bullets III: Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War and written by Marc Lynch, Deen Freelon and Sean Aday. It presents novel empirical research on Twitter conversations about Syria that demonstrates important new findings about differences across Arabic and English users, and about the emergence of distinct, insular clusters of discourse.
 
El-Nawawy, Mohammed and Khamis, Sahar, Egyptian Revolution 2.0 : Political Blogging, Civic Engagement, and Citizen Journalism. Palgrave Macmillan, May 2013 abstract full text

New Book: Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement, and Citizen Journalism

This book sheds light on the growing phenomenon of cyberactivism in the Arab world, with a special focus on the Egyptian political blogosphere and its role in paving the way to democratization and socio-political change in Egypt, which culminated in Egypt's historical popular revolution on Jan. 25, 2011. In doing so, it examines the relevance and applicability of the concepts of citizen journalism and civic engagement to the discourses and deliberations in five of the most popular political blogs in Egypt, through exploring the potential connection between virtual activism, as represented in the postings on these blogs, and real activism in Egyptian political life, as represented in the calls for social, economic and political reform on the streets.

Winners of The BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards 2013

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle announced the winners of its annual The BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards. The Best Blog Award went to Li Chengpeng, a Chinese blogger and columnist. There were six Jury Awards categories (Best Blog, Best Innovation, Best Social Activism, Reporters Without Borders Award, Global Media Forum Award, and Most Creative & Original), six User Prizes in the same categories, and 14 language-specific User Prizes for Best Blogs.

New Book: Democracy's Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring

The book examines the complex role of the Internet, mobile phones, and social networking applications in the Arab Spring. Examining digital media access, level of grievance, and levels of protest for popular democratization in 16 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Howard and Hussain conclude that digital media was neither the most nor the least important cause of the Arab Spring. Instead, they illustrate a complex web of conjoined causal factors for social mobilization.

New Book: Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution

In this book, NPR social media chief Andy Carvin – “the man who tweets revolutions” - offers a unique first-person recap of the Arab Spring. Part memoir, part history, the book includes intimate stories of the revolutionaries who fought for freedom on the streets and across the Internet - stories that would have never been recorded before the days of social media.

New Issue of the Arab Media and Society

The online journal Arab Media & Society has published its new issue that discusses the role of social media before the Arab Spring and the current state of traditional news media. All included articles are available online or in the PDF format for download. Arab Media & Society, formerly TBS Journal, is a joint project of The Center for Electronic Journalism at the American University in Cairo and the Centre for Middle East Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
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