The paper was launched on 5 January During the invasion of Kuwait the paper was printed in Cairo , Egypt , from August to August The paper is one of the most circulated publications in Kuwait. At the beginning of , the paper signed an agreement with IMC Digital to improve its popularity in social media. As a result of this effort, the paper reached 30, fans on Facebook , over 25, followers on Twitter and a minimum of , video views on YouTube within the first two months of The content of the paper focuses on political, social, technical and sport news.
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KUWAIT, Jan 5 KUNA -- The once-a-week newspapers' production suspension in Kuwait has left door wide open for speculations this step would either be recalculations of feasibility of overall paper production or start of transformation to online copies.
Journalists however considered the decisions by Al-Qabas, Al-Rai, Al-Anbaa and Al-Jarida dailies to stop paper production on Saturdays as unjust towards readers who have sentimental attachment to paper copies, who also consider the way they hold and read the paper a daily ritual. Arab and Western newspapers have been affected by digitization of papers in the past decade, including for example the Christian Science Monitor which stopped paper production in after circulation dropped to , copies while its digital copy was read by more than a million people.
Al-Nisf, in a statement to KUNA, said suspension may give newspapers' workers a time to rest "thus have more production while cutting cost. This procedure has been adopted in the US, Europe and other parts of the world, where newspapers have one copy for Saturday and Sunday. Al-Ali-, citing international studies conducted in , said they concluded newspapers were more "credible" than the digital copy because they "verified the story before publication, contrary to other means which consider publication speed more important than content or credibility.
Al-Marzouq said number of readers would not be affected because Saturday was a weekend anyway. Nasser Al-Otaibi, Managing Editor at Al-Jarida Newspaper, who acknowledged newspapers were suffering severe financial issues, said one-day suspension was not the end of newspapers. Al-Jarida, he told KUNA, would rather develop its paper copy to include more analyses, reports, interviews and features in order to counter the competition posed by the digital media.
Al-Otaibi said Al-Jarida, like other papers, would compensate suspension of production of its hard copy into its digital copy and social media. Al-Jarida, he noted, was already updating its digital copy and providing most recent stories like the National Assembly sessions. A study by Al-Jazeera Center for Studies showed internet users in the Arab world skyrocketed from 29 million in to million in , indicating rising number of readers of digital media.
However, Hanan Al-Zayed, another journalist, said correcting mistakes in digital copies was easy and would not cost anything, contrary to the print papers which would lose further papers. She believed the one-day production suspension "will trigger a social problem, at least at the personal level because people will miss the feeling of papers and sound of flip of pages. Al-Rajhi, anticipating suspension to include Fridays as well in one or two years, said advertisers would not advertise during holidays.
Newspapers are struggling in the face of digital age, but one should not forget many people thought introduction of TV was the end of radio. They were wrong and the radio survived through development of content and introduction of interactive methods that retained its audience. Will newspapers follow suit? Time will tell.
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