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Global Media Journal
Arabian Edition
Fall/Winter 2010
Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 3-15

Abstract

H a m d y |3

Arab media Adopts Citizen Journalism
Changing the Dynamics of Conflict Coverage
By Naila Hamdy
American University in Cairo

The 2008/2009 Gaza War came at a time when Arab Citizen Journalism had just begun to
make its mark on the region’s media environment. The prominent Qatar-based Al Jazeera
satellite network outlets chose to incorporate their tweets, YouTube broadcasts and virtual maps
to tell a better story, attract a larger audience and bring a counter balance to the Israeli
government and pro-Israel online support. This opportunity permitted the network to utilize
online technologies to bring citizen views to regional, global and previously unreachable
audiences, and to influence other Arab media.
This paper will present an analysis of this cyber influence as Arab citizens contribute more
actively in shaping the news and information, influencing public opinion, and shifting the level
of discussion. In addition, the paper will discuss the effect of the cumulative amount of Arab
virtual citizen participation in bringing wider discourse about conflicts and affecting the
dynamics of war coverage.
Keywords: Arab Citizen Journalism, Weblog, Gaza War, Al Jazeera Networks


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