May 29, 2024

The book “The Mediaology of Saudi Journalism: A Reading of the Journey and Transformations” reveals the secrets of journalism.

The Mediaology of Saudi Journalism

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The recently released book in Saudi Arabia, “The Mediaology of Saudi Journalism: A Reading of the Journey and Transformations” by journalist saeed Al-Jundb, presents a nuanced view of journalism and a comprehensive analysis of its trajectory in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The author offers diverse perspectives on journalism, delving into the challenges faced by reporters, the dynamics of the editorial room, and the battles of the publishing process. The book meticulously examines the major transformations witnessed by Saudi journalism, highlighting its cultural and enlightening role in Saudi society. It illustrates how journalism has contributed to raising awareness and exerting positive influence through in-depth analysis of media content, avoiding academic rigor and opting for simplicity and practicality in language.

At the beginning of the book, the author clarifies

”that it is for those who love journalism, whether readers or practitioners, those who are drawn to its atmosphere and intensity, as well as those who approach the field with passion and ambition, regardless of the difficulties they have faced or will face. Undoubtedly, they will experience the same glow and happiness and will naturally express the other side of setbacks, disappointments, and deep contemplation. It is a phase lived with its lessons, truths, and experiences—not as beautiful as some may expect, nor is it entirely bleak and sluggish. It is a stage characterized by change, transformation, and development”.

In the opening of the book, he pointed out
”that expectations should not be raised towards the reader and the observer, and it should not be believed that what he has written represents the definitive story and transformations of Saudi journalism because that is far too ambitious and difficult to achieve, and it touches upon a complete understanding and total immersion, which is neither true nor sufficient. These are just glimpses and squares from a complete picture awaiting someone to continue working to complete its parts. It has been generalized to fit generalization and allow interpretation, but in other places, it has been dedicated to providing the full truth without biased interpretation or excessive interpretation”.
The book spans 190 pages in medium format, divided into three chapters. The first chapter, titled “About Journalism,” offers a perspective on journalism and some of its diversities, including campaign journalism, citizen journalism, and “televised” journalism. It also discusses media neutrality and content creation in the Kingdom and some other Arab countries through the author’s experience and analysis.

In the second chapter of the book “The Mediaology of Saudi Journalism,” colleague Al-Jundb enters the editorial room from the first page and then delves into the arts of journalism in political, local, economic, cultural, sports, artistic, crime, and popular journalism. He reveals some of the secrets of Islamic journalism. The book also reviews the journey of several editors-in-chief who have emerged in the field, some of whom have moved on to lead the Ministry of Media in the Kingdom. The book analyzes each minister’s tenure with complete neutrality.

The third chapter of the book delves into journalistic formats, covering news, articles, and their classifications in Saudi journalism. It provides a reading of the most important books in these fields. Then, it discusses the journey of journalistic storytelling (Feature Story), the journalistic dialogue, and the journalistic image. The book dedicates pages to documenting the careers of a select group of Saudi cartoonists. It also reveals insights into advertising practices in journalism, concluding its pages with an exposition on the significance of the last page in newspapers.

The book demonstrates how Saudi journalism has responded to new challenges and managed to maintain its position as an influential media tool in an era characterized by rapid change and intense competition. It is considered a comprehensive guide covering various aspects of Saudi journalism, including its history, development, challenges, and future opportunities, making it a valuable addition to any library or media studies collection. The book praises the role of journalism in supporting national development and enhancing cultural identity, emphasizing the importance of journalism as a fundamental element in the social and cultural fabric of the Kingdom.

This work serves as a testament to the efforts made by journalists and media institutions in the Kingdom to elevate the level of journalism and achieve global quality standards. It also offers a forward-looking perspective on how journalism can continue to play its vital role in society. “The Mediology of Saudi Journalism: A Reading of the Journey and Transformations” represents a significant contribution to media literature and represents an important step towards a deeper understanding of the role journalism plays in shaping public awareness and contributing to national dialogue.



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