How Necessity Drives Media Innovation in Middle East, North Africa
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How Necessity Drives Media Innovation in Middle East, North Africa

GIJN |
January 3, 2019

Circling in on Sustainability: Journalists join a GIJN roundtable discussion on business models at the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Forum in Jordan. Photo: GIJN


In December, GIJN hosted a roundtable discussion on business models for sustainable journalism at a conference in Jordan. Founders of four startups from the Arab world spoke about the ways they have had innovate in order to survive and thrive, including Lina Attalah, founder and editor in chief, Mada Masr, Egypt; Lina Ejeilat, co-founder and editor in chief, 7iber, Jordan; Walid Mejri, co-founder and editor in chief, Inkyfada, Tunisia; and Alia Ibrahim, co-founder and CEO, Daraj, Lebanon.

Each has had to find ways to serve their audience based on the unique characteristics of their target market, as well as their staff, available technology, banking and payment arrangements and political environment. The unique challenges of each, and the solutions they have found, suggest paths that others could find productive.

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