In this study, we examine a specific form of media writing in the Emirati newspapers, namely the column. We aim to clarify the structural nature, stylistic characteristics, semantic depth, functions, and the individuals behind this journalistic type referred to as columnists. Recognizing the column as one of the most challenging forms of journalism, we highlight its reliance on unique elements not found in other journalistic formats. The newspaper column, distinguished by a coherent internal structure, exhibits a balance of stability and flexibility. It serves as a direct, clear, and purposeful reflection of reality, often incorporating humor and sarcasm. To investigate this phenomenon, we employ a descriptive approach and applied Content Analysis to a random sample of prominent UAE newspapers including Gulf, Al Bayan, and Al Ittihad. In addition to content analysis, we used personal interviews and verbal interactions to allow columnists to freely express their opinions, ideas, and beliefs. The findings of this study reveal insights into the topics covered by newspaper columns, the perspectives columnists adopt the methodologies they employ and the events they address. Based on the results, we recommend enriching journalistic media studies with semiotic approaches. These approaches can contribute to uncover the meanings, various interpretations, and implicit messages within texts, thereby enhancing a comprehensive and scientifically critical understanding of these journalistic arts.
S. Bouali, Nassir. and A. M. Al – Hamoudi, Mona.
"The Columns Press in the Emirati Daily Newspapers: An Analytical Study,"
Information Sciences Letters: Vol. 13
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Available at: https://digitalcommons.aaru.edu.jo/isl/vol13/iss1/7