— Shabina Khatri upon learning that my brother’s friends in school read Doha News. (via yassermasood)
Khatri and Omar Chatriwala - the couple behind Doha News - were recently interviewed by DCMF about the growth of online media in Qatar.
In it, they share their views on why online media sources like Doha News have become so popular in recent years.
“We know there is not a lot of real time information shared by the traditional news sources here, and that is something you can get for better or for worse on social media,” says Chatriwala. “Being able to have your opinion heard and sharing information - I think that is leading the embrace of social media and making it grow so rapidly here – its news and views.”
The pair say that there isn’t any issue they won’t cover on Doha News, providing that they can check that the story is true.
However, Chatriwala says that this can often be a difficult task :
“We just wish that people (in Qatar) understood the way media works and that denial isn’t always the best way to go about things – transparency would help,” he says. “We aren’t going to cover it unless we can journalistically back it up with multiple sources, even if they are not necessarily official sources. If we can back it up with legitimate sources then that is when we will cover something.”
What do you think about the media scene here in Qatar? Does social media tell you things traditional sources do not?
Credit: Photo courtesy of Joe Grimm
- Haha, I do this too sometimes. Pure laziness.
- Person: Where do you live?
- Me: Doha
- Person: Where's that?
- Me (what I want to say): The host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, the hosts of the Asian Games in 2006, they OWN the football team Barcelona, THEY OWN THEM - and now they own David Beckham, it's the richest country in the world, it has the highest obesity rate in the world, it has the highest CO2 emissions in the world, Janet Jackson is getting married here, Doha owns London, literally it owns everything there, e.g. Harrods, The Shard (Tallest building in Europe), Sainsburys, and many many more...
- Me (what I actually say): It's next to Dubai.