The National News Agency (NNA) has always been the first and most reliable source of information in Lebanon. Always being the first to deliver accurate, transparent, and objective news items touching on different social, economic, political, security, sports, law, education, as well as regional and international stories, the NNA has endeavored to improve its services to harmoniously fit the increasingly demanding technology of today.
Today, the NNA, a free-of-charge and state-run service, managed to pass this test of technology thanks to the concerted efforts of its highly qualified management, led by Mrs. Laure Sleiman Saab. All said efforts have been translated in the high-tech electronic website which has replaced the previous one, a modest and poorly visited website.
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee in May 2011, NNA launched its magnificent new electronic service to solve all the problems which were standing in the way of the agency’s progress. Today’s website is the third in the history of NNA.
In 1996, the NNA launched its first electronic website. Being a modest electronic service that only provided people with Arabic news items, on limited topics, the NNA site incurred a low number of hits. At that time, the NNA highly relied on its daily printed journal which used to be delivered to all media outlets. This was a huge financial burden, on the Lebanese government, that could have been avoided with an advanced website, capable of instantly delivering all NNA output, all at once. The NNA printed journal was not only the cause of a huge financial burden, but also delayed news delivery for hours, on daily basis.
In 2008, the NNA launched its new electronic website, providing site visitors with its new English and French news services. The objective behind delivering English and French news was to satisfy the site’s foreign readers and ensure job opportunities to competent news writers in both languages. However, the 2008 website still failed to meet with today’s increasing demands. A lot of people thought it wasn’t reader-friendly. It was very primitive, complicated, and displayed major technical errors. NNA was fighting to top the “agency news” field, but the constant complaints about the 2008 website did not help at all.