At a time of major news developments in the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab-American media’s efforts to meet the demands of its audience have been complicated by declining ad revenue, new technology, and growing competition from Arab outlets in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new PEJ study.
Hurricane Sandy and Twitter
How did people use Twitter during Hurricane Sandy and what did they tweet about? A new study from PEJ shows that over half of the conversation on and around the hurricane’s landfall was news, information, photos and videos of and about the super storm.
Apple Announcements Dominate the Blogosphere
The news made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last week ricocheted through the internet’s many tech blogs. And on YouTube, a mixture of President Obama and the catchy pop tune “Call Me Maybe” was the most viewed news-related video for the second week in a row.
Smartphone Speculation Soars on Social Media
Bloggers and Twitter users love guessing about new high-tech devices and last week, they were busy discussing what the new iPhone would look like and whether Facebook would jump into the smartphone business. On YouTube, many users saw video of a gruesome crime.
Pop Culture is King in Social Media
The naming of new celebrity judges for a popular reality show generated major attention in both the blogosphere and Twitterverse last week. And for the second week in a row, events related to the 2012 Mexican presidential election registered as the top news video on YouTube.
Bloggers Discuss Barack Obama’s Dating Life
An article that focused largely on the president’s relationships with some old girlfriends inspired bloggers to weigh in on both Obama and the article last week. On YouTube, protests in Malaysia calling for fair elections dominated the week’s most popular news videos.
Bloggers Speculate on Google Innovations
The impending release of Google Drive and looming changes at Google+ triggered a lively online discussion last week as bloggers generally seemed to welcome these new developments. On Twitter, it was another big week for pop stars while a tragic car accident in Japan registered as the most viewed news video.
Project Glass Takes Social Media by Storm
Social media users are often fascinated by high-tech advances and a preview of Google’s augmented-reality glasses last week generated a major reaction on blogs and Twitter. Meanwhile, an April Fools’ joke at the expense of a presidential candidate was the most popular news-related YouTube video.
Newspapers: Building Digital Revenues Proves Painfully Slow
The newspaper industry enters 2012 neither dying nor assured of a stable future. The industry has rallied around a story about itself – that year-by year it is developing new digital products and new revenue streams to transition from dependence on print advertising. In 2011, that traditional advertising pool declined for a sixth consecutive year. The website of the Gannett Company, emphasizing those digital initiatives, now intentionally has no mention of newspapers on its home page.
Network News: The Pace of Change Accelerates
The year 2011 was one of marked transition and even some positive numbers for network news.