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Donnish Journal of Media and Communication Studies

March 2015 Vol. 1(1), pp. 001-010

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Original Research Article


The Use of Mobile Phone and the Internet in Obtaining Local News in GCC Regions: University Studentsí Perspectives


1Abdul-Karim Ziani, 2Mokhtar Elareshi and 3Barrie Gunter

1Department of Media, Tourism and Arts, Bahrain University, Bahrain.
2Media and Communication Department, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya.
3Media and Communication Department, University of Leicester, Leicester, England.

Corresponding Author E-mail: arishimok@hotmail.com

Accepted 12th January, 2015.



Abstract


This article reports a study of mobile phone and Internet use by young Arabs in the GCC region. It examines how GCC university students obtain local news and information about their communities using mobile devices. With the expansion of mobile phone penetration in the region, some evidence has emerged that the mobile phone is being used as a local news reception device. New research reported here attempts a systematic analysis of this phenomenon. A sample of 1221 media and communication students from across the GCC region completed a survey questionnaire, reporting how they access news and information. The study found that most respondents were active mobile phone users and also enjoyed keeping up with news about their communities. Mobile phones catered for a range of functions and were used, in particular, as a platform for accessing local news and receiving local news alerts. Respondents indicated that they engaged in other news-related activities when they were online, including posting, contributing, and commenting on news. These findings are discussed in relation to the growing impact of mobile phones in the Arab world and the emergence of mobile phone usage as a platform in young peopleís lives.

Keywords: Mobile devices, Local news, Young arabs, Social media, GCC region, News consumption, Internet.

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Abdul-Karim Ziani, Mokhtar Elareshi and Barrie Gunter. The Use of Mobile Phone and the Internet in Obtaining Local News in GCC Regions: University Studentsí Perspectives. Donnish Journal of Media and Communication Studies 1(1) 2015 pp. 001-010.


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