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KT@42: Why Khaleej Times is a digital force to reckon with

Yousuf Saifuddin
Filed on April 16, 2020 | Last updated on April 16, 2020 at 02.56 pm


In the age of information, how does a news website stay ahead of the curve? At Khaleej Times, we do that by marrying conventional forms of storytelling (think: the written word and visuals) with more contemporary genres (audio and visuals) to give our readers a more angular view of the world. With e-governance becoming the norm in the UAE, our website and social media channels do not simply report the news as is, but our journalists strive to add value to these stories by exploring different angles and seeking expert comments on the same. Over the years, this has created a synergy between the print and online editions of Khaleej Times.

As the medium thrives, other challenges have come to the fore as well - fake news being one of them. As one of the oldest and most trusted media houses in the region, it is important for us to separate fact from fiction. At KhaleejTimes.com, we have perfected the science and art of speed verification and reporting. While social media aggregators may have earned their badges in recent years by filtering the news presciently, our competent team of web researchers and editors verifies every piece of news by sifting it through multiple sources.

A deep engagement with news and commitment to storytelling has helped us be on the frontline of every important story of the time, including Covid-19. At a time when the pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, a team of journalists works round-the-clock to stay on top of all relevant coverage of the novel coronavirus. From its emergence in Wuhan to its gradual spread to different countries across the globe, our journalists have been closely following the pandemic, all the while providing in-depth stories on how the curve can be flattened.

As a digital force, we understand the importance of responding to the current crisis responsibly, and hence balance our coverage with stories of hope. Human interest has been in our DNA as a publication and, at KhaleejTimes.com, stories of frontline warriors taking on
Covid-19 have found a dynamic platform with a number of articles, videos and photos stitched together for evocative storytelling. In the coming days, we will continue to tell one of the biggest stories of our lifetime.

yousufk@khaleejtimes.com





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