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Ara (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈaɾə] is a Catalan daily newspaper that began publication on 28 November 2010, coinciding with the Catalan parliamentary elections. It is the third most read daily newspaper in Catalonia,[1] and the most read daily newspaper written exclusively in the Catalan language.[2] Its regional edition, Ara Balears, is the most popular Catalan language newspaper on the Balearic Islands.[3] As of June 2017, ARA is the most widely-read Catalan language newspaper on the Internet, with nearly 2,4 million readers.[4]

Ara
ARA 2010-11-28 Logotip.png
Type Daily newspaper
Founded 11 April 2010 (2010-28-11)
Political alignment Catalanism
Centrism
Catalan independentism
Language Catalan
Headquarters Barcelona
ISSN 2014-010X
Website www.ara.cat/en

The founding editor was Carles Capdevila and the current editor is Esther Vera. The president is Ferran Rodés and the CEO is Salvador Garcia. The newspaper's advisory council includes journalists Antoni Bassas, Albert Om and Toni Soler, all known for their work with the Catalan public TV broadcaster, TV3. Ara's content includes Catalan translations of reports and articles from the New York Times International Edition.

Ara's founding shareholders were, among others, Ferran Rodés, Fundació Carulla, Víctor Font and the group Cultura 03, which also publishes magazines Sàpiens, TimeOut Barcelona, Descobrir and Cuina. Cultura 03 is not currently a shareholder. In September 2010, Antoni Bassas announced that he would participate as a shareholder.

Contents

History and profileEdit

The first issue of Ara came out on 28 November 2010, selling out all 120,000 print copies.

In 2015 Ara received the 17th European Newspaper Award in the category of regional newspaper.[5]

Other awards include:

  • 2013 – Premi Nacional de Comunicació [6]
  • 2014 – Premi Nacional de Comunicació
  • 2015 – European Newspaper Award, in the regional newspaper category [7]
  • 2016 – Ciutat de Barcelona award for Carles Capdevila, with a reference on his role as one of ARA's founders
  • 2016 – Premi Nacional de Comunicació award for Carles Capdevila, with a reference on his role as one of ARA's founders

Ara has currently 40.000 subscribers. Subscriptions are Ara's main source of income[8] (41 per cent), having surpassed advertising revenue in 2015. Revenue from readers is also 2.5 times more significant than income derivered from newsstand sales.

Editorial policy and political alignmentEdit

The newspaper is closely associated with Catalonian's proindependence movement.

Unlike two of its main competitors, La Vanguardia and El Periódico de Catalunya (considered supportive, respectively, of the centre-right Convergència i Unió and the centre-left Socialists' Party of Catalonia), Ara's editorial policies are not considered to be supportive of any particular party or specific political ideology.

Hence, the newspaper is generally considered as centrist regarding the left-right divide and strongly Catalanist regarding the issue of relations between Spain and Catalonia, Ara[8] aims to cater to the community of socially committed, politically concerned and culturally active citizens.

ExpansionEdit

The newspaper is printed in Barcelona and distributed throughout Catalonia. Since 2011, distribution was launched also on the Balearic Islands, soon becoming the most widely-read newspaper in Catalan language in the region.[3] In February 2012, distribution was extended to some areas of the Valencian Community, especially in the Province of Castelló and in the city of Valencia.

Ara offers selected news items in English and Spanish.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "L'ARA es consolida com el tercer diari més llegit a Catalunya, segons el CEO". Ara.cat. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tres anys de periodisme – Ara.cat". Ara.cat. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "L'ARAbalears.cat supera els 100.000 usuaris únics al mes". Ara.cat. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "L'Ara.cat torna a liderar el rànquing de diaris digitals en català". Comunicacio21.cat. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "17th European Newspaper Award: Main prize winners from Norway, Spain, Belgium and Portugal". Publicitas. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Premis Nacionals de Comunicació". Viquipedia. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Premis Nacionals de Comunicació". Viquipedia. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Print and online daily Ara is reaching the 'politically concerned' community in Catalonia". Journalism.co.uk. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2017.