Title

What Business Model is Suitable for Online Arab Newspapers? Journalists’ Perspectives

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Elsayed B. Darwish, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

المجلة العربیة لبحوث الاعلام والاتصال

Publication Date

6-1-2022

Abstract

The study aimed to explore the journalists’ perspectives on ways to refinance Arab newspapers’ production and face the digital transformation challenges. The study found that Arab journalists have an ambiguous perception of the appropriate business models for newspapers in the digital age. The journalists ranking of the sources of revenue that newspapers can rely on are not well-suited with the appropriate business models for the digital environment, which could be explained by a lack of knowledge of business models. Most of the journalists’ experiences are derived from working under the conventional models. They do not trust public funding as a successful model and expect the continuity of the free model. The journalists still endorse the conventional business model, which depends on advertising, circulation, and external support. These types of models are difficult to be implemented in the digital era, with the decline of advertising revenue, the unwillingness of the governments to continue subsiding these newspapers, and the growing fall of the newspaper’s circulation. The journalists have some certain reluctance toward the new ecosystem

ISSN

2536-9393

Publisher

Egypts Presidential Specialized Council for Education and Scientific Research

Volume

2022

Issue

37

First Page

2

Last Page

26

Disciplines

Communication | Journalism Studies

Keywords

Journalism, Business model, Arab Newspapers, Journalists

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Bronze: This publication is openly available on the publisher’s website but without an open license

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