This weekend marks the 12th anniversary of The Nationwide newspaper’s 2008 launch. We gained’t be marking the day in particular person with our workforce as we normally do, however there shall be some quiet contemplation of our previous.
The Nationwide’s first version hit the streets on April 17, 2008 and featured a entrance web page image of the winning smile of Sharjah resident Nabeel Kamran, then 12 years outdated, who had turn out to be the primary youngster within the UAE to endure a life-saving kidney transplant. A lot of our focus in 2020 stays on healthcare reporting because the nation commits to an expansive programme of testing and affected person wellbeing within the face of Covid-19. The advances in well being care within the UAE are among the many many developments The Nationwide has been recording in our 12 years.
On the time of launch, the nation’s skyline was altering day by day as buildings rose and cranes operated virtually in every single place you regarded. Abu Dhabi was busy making ready to stage its first F1 race the following year and Dubai was racing in the direction of the completion of the world’s tallest building. We started life dedicated to bringing you high-quality reporting on the area’s greatest tales. We’re equally devoted to that promise as we speak.
However in some ways, the story behind how the headlines get to you as we speak is an equally compelling narrative.
Three years in the past, after being acquired by Worldwide Media Investments, The Nationwide underwent a comprehensive relaunch of the print version and a whole digital transformation led by a brand new administration workforce. That programme of renewal now reveals up in virtually each nook of your digital lives – via alerts, social media, video, podcasts, newsletters and through our web site and app – in addition to in our at the moment subscriber-only award-winning print version.
Final month, we underwent one other section of digital transformation, transferring the paper from one bustling newsroom in Abu Dhabi to a set of newsrooms assembled within the houses of our employees within the UAE, following the Authorities directive to earn a living from home and to remain protected. It’s a course of that has additionally been undertaken in London by our bureau workforce and by our correspondents and contributors around the globe as restriction of motion orders turn out to be part of day by day life virtually in every single place.
Working from home brings challenges to each particular person used to working in a busy workplace atmosphere, they don’t seem to be distinctive to this newspaper, however it’s truthful to say that this period is certainly one of intense studying and nice growth for The Nationwide.
The day by day calls for of our digital and print merchandise have grown on this interval as you, our readers, search quick and correct reporting concerning the pandemic. Our working lives at the moment are punctuated by videoconferences and on the spot messages fairly than workplace dialogue and cellphone calls, as tales break and info are checked. Our days are pushed ahead by a mixture of sensible expertise and good old style enterprise undertaken by a dedicated workforce of reporters, editors, photographers, videographers and design and manufacturing employees.
As a paper and as a rustic at massive, we’re stronger now than we’ve got ever been. Our communities are extra linked – albeit in a bodily distanced approach – and our respect for one another grows day by day.
We don’t know after we will all be again collectively in a single newsroom, however two issues we do know for positive: that our 12th birthday coincides with an unforgettable second within the paper’s and the nation’s historical past; and that The Nationwide shall be on the forefront of reporting on the UAE and the world overcoming the good challenges of as we speak.