Changing with times
My association with Oman Observer dates back to my first day in Oman, though I landed in the city to work for a rival publication. The conventional media scene then was dominated by Observer and Times of Oman, which were joined by a few weekly tabloid publications towards the mid of the last decade.
The last six years saw the media getting bolder and aggressive with issues of general and national interest. Issues facing the public too have changed over a period of time and the readers’ interaction with the publication of their choice is no more through the ‘Letters to the Editor’. This phase coincides with the fact that the followers of traditional newspapers are gradually shifting to the digital platform where the feedback can be instant with stories going viral in seconds.
After being a silent observer of the Observer’s evolution from the sidelines for years, today, to be precise, since 2014, I am proud to be a part of its evolution story. Despite having to keep into the account its responsibilities as an official newspaper, Oman Daily Observer with sits strong presence on the social media is among the most aggressive papers in the town, actively taking up about issues that affect individual’s day-to-day life or developments that may have long-term repercussions.
Journalists are given a free hand to carry on with their goals amidst one of the most employee-friendly environment in the town. A fact that will be accepted by each and every individual who have served the organization over these 35 glorious years.
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