Preserving Digital Published News in Arabic at Time of Conflicts: Libyan and Syrian Conflicts as Examples

AL-JABRI, Saif and AL-BADI, Waleed (2016) Preserving Digital Published News in Arabic at Time of Conflicts: Libyan and Syrian Conflicts as Examples. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 90 - Information Technology, Preservation and Conservation and News Media.

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Abstract

Preserving Digital Published News in Arabic at Time of Conflicts: Libyan and Syrian Conflicts as Examples

In our changing world, many of the most important things in our lives are changing. Newspapers, magazines and other news forms are changing to digital format, even after the announcement of stopping a large number of international newspapers from being published in paper, they continued digitally. Digital News has become an alternative to a very large number of traditional newspapers and more accessible, thanks to recent technological innovations. Digital news or citizen journalism plays a very important role in today’s conflict zones not only in starting some of these wars, but also in spreading news and facts about what going on in the ground where the usual news correspondents have no access. In resent conflicts in Libya and Syria, citizen journalism via the internet and mobile devices were extremely important, in some cases it was a unique source of information that bring up and document some of the events and crimes happened in the red zones. The study looked at a wide range of initiatives of citizen journalism in Libyan and Syrian conflicts that have information value to readers and researchers. Some unique projects were discussed in details and facts about them are discussed in the paper. The assumption that news published using social media services like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc. survive logger than other initiatives using blogs or personal sites. In fact, initiatives using more than on type of social media services are more known and have more followers. At the end some recommendations were listed on how to help citizen journalism initiatives to survive and flourish.

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