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Middle East Eye

Niche editorial website delivering news, analysis and opinion for the Middle East and North Africa.

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Middle East Eye came to us with the ambition to become the Middle East and North Africa’s most credible, trusted and comprehensive source for news, information, analysis and opinion.

Sector : Media - current affairs
​Services provided : Consultancy, IA, design, build and theme, launch planning, CMS training, handover to in-house team.

Brief

In a region defined by divided opinion Middle East Eye was a proposal to build a platform to provide impartial, informed views on events and their impact. A resource not only for readers and contributors, but also a reference for journalists.

Challenges

The build of the site took place under the watchful eye of Chief Editor David Hearst, a former journalist at the Guardian. He challenged us to bring the editorial controls that he was accustomed to at the Guardian, on a startup budget that left no room for errors.

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With a range of well-used contrib modules, and the bare minimum of custom development, we created a publishing workflow that could support the high-volume needs of a news desk. This was topped with a mobile and tablet-responsive theme, with a layout to match the quality of the Guardian.

What proved to be most successful was the Twitter-inspired hashtags. These give a topical view of related articles and access to the timeline of a story. The trending story hashtags provide primary navigation links on the home page.

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