The Arab Spring gave new meaning to the power of social media. Ever since the advent, the news and media industry in the Middle East has been evolving rapidly. The growth, particularly of the Arabic platforms of social media networks and mobile broadband access presents the industry and marketers with many new opportunities and content challenges.
Technology convergence affects the entire journalism value chain: from news production processes through to the ultimate consumption by the end user. This article looks at some of the drivers of this convergence as well as the current technology trends that are likely to impact journalism in the near future.