The Arab American news media is slowly disappearing
By Ray Hanania
The organic ethnic Arab American news media is slowly but steadily vanishing. Racism, apathy, financial challenges and political activism have undermined the Arab American ethnic news media over the years.
The biggest challenge by far has by the rise of anti-Arab racism, coupled with the shift from an Arab identity to other identities being associated with the Arab community from being Islamic to the assimilation of the Arab community within the definition of a new label, MENA — Middle East and North Africa.
In a study conducted by NAAJA in 1999, there were more than 120 print publications, newspapers and magazines, plus a small handful of radio and cable TV stations.
That number dropped significantly by 50 immediately after Sept. 11, 2001 because of the wave of anti-Arab racism and discrimination. And it is continuing to drop as newspapers close because of racist pressures and backlash, especially on potential advertisers.
A NAAJA study conducted in 2007 showed there were only 79 publications remaining. CLICK HERE to view NAAJA PDF inventory list.
The most recent study by NAAJA so an even serious erosion of the organic ethnic American news media with only a handful of publications still being published, including the Arab American News newspaper in Dearborn, the Arab community’s ONLY weekly newspaper — all of the others are monthly with some publishing twice each month. There are. a few newspapers remaining in Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Florida.
The biggest Arab radio program is the U.S. Arab Radio Network broadcast Monday through Friday in Dearborn, Michigan on WNZK AM 690 radio.
We need to address this. NAAJA, a networking association fo independent journalists, freelancers and communications specialists, are hoping to change this and rebuild the Arab American news media.
Please join us.