The AMF 2022 session highlights the challenges of the written press in the digital age

– Editors of leading GCC dailies share their views on prospects for print media in the Arab world

The 20th edition of the Arab Media Forum (AMF), the region’s premier annual event for the media industry, hosted a panel discussion entitled “Arab Media 2022: A Gulf Perspective”, which highlighted challenges faced by Arab print media in the digital world. age.

The panel, moderated by Sky News Arabia presenter Eissa Al Marzooqi, saw editors from prominent daily newspapers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region share their views on the outlook for print media in the Arab world in the context of the rapid proliferation of social media around the world.

Muna Busamra, Editor-in-Chief of Al Bayan (UAE) newspaper, stressed the importance of focusing more on GCC issues rather than covering breaking news all over the world. Busamra identified three approaches that can help GCC media tap into opportunities for growth: nurturing young talent to develop future media skills, focusing on positivity, and building on the region’s successes to meet challenges. Busamra highlighted the success of the Arab Media Forum (AMF) in bringing together more than 3,000 media stakeholders, which she said signifies the success of the UAE in ensuring a safe environment for events and accelerating recovery in the post-pandemic phase.

Walid Al Nosf, Editor-in-Chief of Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas, called on media in the GCC region to allocate larger budgets to develop their digital skills, deploy the latest technologies to take advantage of new opportunities and reach wider audiences. and younger. Al Nosf highlighted the success of the digital transformation achieved by the Al Qabas newspaper through a partnership with the British daily The Guardian.

Jameel Al Theyabi, editor-in-chief of the Saudi newspaper Okaz, also stressed the importance for regional media to develop a stronger presence on social networks and to provide reliable information, which will allow them to build on trust. won by established mainstream media over the years.
Moanes Al Mardi, Editor of Bahrain’s Al Bilad newspaper, focused on ways to expand media reach using social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Moanes said government support was crucial in promoting the growth of Arab social media platforms.

Launched 20 years ago, the Arab Media Forum is one of the highlights of the Dubai Press Club’s annual calendar of events. The largest media gathering in the Arab world, AMF has become the most comprehensive platform for knowledge exchange in the Arab media community. The annual platform, which attracts thousands of prominent thought leaders, has constantly evolved in scope and reach to encompass a broad international perspective.

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