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Social media becoming increasingly popular

Staff Reporter / 10 June 2012

Social media is becoming increasingly important as a source of news, according to a survey conducted by the Dubai Press Club.

During the survey conducted on the sidelines of the recent Arab Media Forum, 60 per cent of the 734 respondents said they get  30 per cent of the news from social media platforms. An additional 15 per cent obtain between 30 and 69 per cent of their news from social media.

In other standout results from the survey, 55 per cent said the quality of Arab journalism has evolved for the better over the last two years. Just 24 per cent feel significant change is yet to take place, while 21 per cent believe the standard has dropped.

Over half (53 per cent) of respondents would like the media to focus on key areas such as ‘civics and education’, ‘family issues’ and ‘health and medicine’.

Fifty four per cent of those surveyed confirmed that they followed the recent political situation in the region from online sources, while 43 per cent preferred the TV. Themed ‘Arab Media: Exposure and Transition’, the 11th Arab Media Forum brought together over 3,800 regional and international journalists, as well as influential decision makers, opinion leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators.


Carry on print: Poll

A new survey conducted by the Dubai Press Club, organisers of the Arab Media Forum, has found that a solid 75 per cent of respondents believed a possible death of the print media is still long away.

Examining the status of the print media’s marked decline, 25 per cent of the respondents said that the industry would fade out.

The survey revealed that 53 per cent of the respondents would like the media to focus on key areas such as civics and education, family issues, health and medicine.

Only six per cent felt that the media should spotlight on topics such as media transparency, politics and sports. - Wam


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