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The Arab Daily News website attracts more than 500,000 in April 2014
By TADN Staff
The Arab Daily News online newspaper, which was launched in November of last year, attracted more than 500,000 page views for the month of April.
In March the website drew nearly 600,000 page views, in part because of several major exclusive stories that were published including the story of the tragic murder by Israeli border guards of Jordanian Judge Raed Zeiter.
Additionally, the high visitor rate is the result of quality blog and editorial content postings by the online newspaper’s talented array of writers that include Ali Younes, the newspaper’s editor, Eileen Fleming, Nijma Darwish, Ramzy Sweis, Hasan Dudar, Abdennour Toumi, Ali Rizk, Aref Assaf, Ghassan Rubeiz, Dina Khalil, Hatem Abunimeh, Joe Meadors, Lilas Taha, Nafeh Abunab, Reyad Ajour, Salma Nawlo and Sheikha Al Dosary.
“Clearly, there is a need for a news site that provides not only quality news and feature story reporting on Middle East issues but also there is a tremendous demand for articles and stories about American Arabs,” said Hanania, who serves as the Managing Editor of the Arab Daily News online newspaper.
“The everyday activities and events of American Arabs are routinely ignored by the biased, one-sided anti-Arab mainstream American news media. The mainstream media only publishes stories about American Arabs when they are negative. Much of that hatred is directed by editors and reporters who either are racist and anti-Arab or have a political agenda usually driven by a biased partisanship towards Israel. American journalism is among the most unprofessional journalism in the world and we take pride in exposing that hypocrisy by offering stories that the mainstream media should be reporting on but intentionally ignore.”
Hanania noted that the Raed Zeiter story, which most mainstream media reported on based on incomplete information spoon-fed to them by the Israeli government, drew more than 80,000 page views on the day it was posted. But Hanania said that several stories including a detailed examination of plans by the U.S. Postal System to issue a stamp in honor of the late founder of Apple Steve Jobs. The Jobs stamp would have been only the third stamp honoring an Arab in American history.
Another story examined how residents of Sioux City Iowa have been urging American Arabs to move to their city to get away from the racism and discrimination that haunt the community throughout the United States. Still other stories addressed the political candidacies of American Arabs in Oklahoma City, Dearborn, Houston, Washington D.C., and elsewhere.
“The Arab World media also have problems and those problems aggravate the problems that the Arab countries and Arab people of the Middle East face. That is, no one properly reports on what is happening in the Middle East.
Hanania said the Arab Daily News averages about 25,000 to 35,000 page reads per day, with most of the readers originating from the United States.
Hanania said the record setting results are also due to a wide variety of reporting and writing from more than 15 professional writers who contribute to the Arab Daily News.
“We have some of the best writers and bloggers in the country. They don’t have to write for blogs that impose censorship any more like the Huffington Post where pro-Arab postings are heavily scrutinized and often censored,” Hanania said speaking for experience.
“Our writers are the best. Their writing reflects the highest in journalism professionalism and they are covering everything from community events to Middle Eastern food, entertainment, sports and business.”
Hanania added, “Clearly, if you want to reach the American Arab community in an effective way, The Arab Daily News online is the place to do it.”
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania
Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
Visit this link to read Ray's column archive at the ArabNews,com www.arabnews.com/taxonomy/term/10906
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