Digital East

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Goals

To boost the profitability of the publications through the introduction of paid access to digital content.
To consolidate readership with a more dynamic digital offering, through the creation of themed supplements, new tools and an attractive design.
To support digital progress by developing the social media usage strategy.
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Project timeline

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September 2016
August 2018
This project is finished

Presentation

In a complex geopolitical environment, marked by power struggles between the various political, business and religious entities, the French-language press in Lebanon is economically fragile at present. It is having to adapt to lower advertising revenue, caused by the political and security crisis in the region, and to the changing consumer habits of its audiences as they increasingly favour connected forms of media.

Online media use is developing rapidly in Lebanon and it is vital for the written press to expand its digital offerings, if it is to remain relevant to its readership. Changes in how the press is accessed, together with the growing influence of social media, means that the tools, methodology and expertise within the sector need to be completely redefined in order to adapt to these new forms of use, to become more interactive and thereby to reach new audiences both in Lebanon itself and among Lebanese communities in other parts of the world. This digital transition requires a whole new business model, one that relies in particular on monetising access to digital content.

Following on from the 4M Transition to online for Arabic-language newspapers project, which was led by CFI over a period of almost two years and involved five Arabic-language news publications, the current project is aimed at helping Lebanon's French-language press to evolve so that it may adapt to the current economic and technical factors of its environment, and make itself more attractive by embracing the digital era.

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Project beneficiaries

L'Orient-Le Jour – Le groupe Magazine
Directors, journalists, community managers, developers, designers

Project manager

1.Development of marketing strategy and monetising of content

Create a global print marketing strategy, monetise the offering by introducing paid access to digital content, digitise the archives (photos, articles, etc.) in order to offer paid access to the archives.

Lebanon: a new look for L’Orient-Le Jour

April 10, 2017

Lebanon's oldest French-language newspaper, L'Orient-Le Jour, launched its new-look print edition on 3 April. The paper's aim is to create a more reader-focused editorial design.

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2.Development of digital applications and websites

Create a mobile website with responsive design, a business platform and an online area featuring health / wellbeing / leisure content as well as a dedicated news area for Lebanese communities abroad for L'Orient-Le Jour. Launch an iPad app for the monthly publication Le Commerce du Levant.

Overhaul the website (content, design, social media interaction, mobile application) and launch themed supplements for Le Groupe Magazine

A digital version of Kel Yom is launched

February 1, 2018

The Lebanese children's weekly Kel Yom has signed up to the 'Digital East' project in order to launch its website, in French and Arabic.

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Two Syrian families in the Pays des cent vallées: a fresh start

April 30, 2018

Watch the web documentary produced by the Lebanese media outlet L'Orient le jour as part of the Digital East project.

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L’Orient-Le Jour wins a Migration Media Award first prize

October 4, 2018

On 18 September, Anne Ilcinkas, a video-journalist working for the Lebanese newspaper L'Orient-Le Jour, received the Migration Media Award first prize in the Multimedia (French) category, for her web documentary "Two Syrian Families in the Land of One Hundred Valleys: the Story of a New Departure".

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3.Strengthen social media presence

Put in place a content dissemination strategy adapted for social media.

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