31 May 2012
As Egypt took to the polls for the historic first round of presidential elections last week, our partners at Al-Masry Al-Youm took a decisive and innovative step to put their citizen-media driven liveblog, developed in partnership with Meedan, at the very heart of their reporting. With their talented team of social media-savvy journalists posting regular updates throughout the day, and sharing their work via Facebook and Twitter, the Al-Masry Al-Youm team built up a sizable audience and community of users contributing content and comment to the page.
In the week of the election, over 100,000 visitors used the Al-Masry Al-Youm liveblog as a source of information, the vast majority from Egypt. Meedan's tools supported Al-Masry Al-Youm to amplify the best of citizen reporting and build its community around its election coverage. The liveblog also enabled Al-Masry Al-Youm to diversify the Egyptian election coverage. Over the month of the first round, Al-Masry Al-Youm journalists and its community of readers drew upon 1,000 different citizen media sources to tell the story of Egypt's first democratic presidential elections through 1,700 individual citizen reports, more than 200 of which were translated into Arabic from English and other languages for the benefit of the wider Al-Masry Al-Youm readership. Visitors engaged around this content, producing more than 600 comments and reactions.
In the upcoming days and weeks, with the verdict in the Hosni Mubarak trial set to be announced, the presidential run-off between Ahmed Shafiq and Mohammed Morsi, and the impending transfer of power, Meedan will be working to support the Al-Masry Al-Youm team as they look to build on the early momentum of last week's efforts.