Armenian newspapers were firstly published back in the 18th century! Nowadays, although online newspapers are more popular, as anywhere else, Armenian newspapers are still printed because there are still many people used to the smell of a freshly published newspaper!
The first of the Armenian newspapers or periodicals was “Asbarez”, published in 1794 by Haroutyoun Shmavonyan, who was an Armenian priest living in India.
Since then, over 4 000 Armenian newspapers and periodicals have been published. Even though there are thousands of Armenian periodicals published both in Armenia and within the Armenian Diaspora, their number is steadily declining because of the rising online newspapers.
Anyway, there are about 250 registered newspapers in Armenia today from which 200 get printed. It is always interesting to observe how the newspapers and periodicals were born and then died due to different circumstances, how they changed because of the economical and political situation in the country.
In this article we have picked up the most famous Armenian newspapers that might interest you!
Armenian Newspapers #1: Aravot (‘Morning’)
“Aravot” is a very famous printed newspaper in Armenia, it was first published in 1994, but the debate on its founder still goes: was it the newspapers long-time editor-in-chief Aram Abrahamyan or then Interior Minister Vano Siradeghyan.
Aravot is considered to be an independent daily newspaper. Sometimes, it criticized the government but, usually, it gives space to different opinions and that is perhaps the thing that makes people want to read it and get the latest news from this very newspaper!
Research shows that back in 1994, when it was first published, the circulation was around 6 000, though the number has been declining since then. Aravot also has an online version in three languages: Armenian, Russian and English.
Armenian Newspapers #2: Azg (‘The Nation’)
This Armenian newspaper was very prominent during 1990s, and was published by the Democratic Liberal Party of Armenia, which was financed by the Armenian diaspora.
Back in 1993 its circulation periodically exceeded 30 000, and a famous Armenian investigative journalist Erik Baghdasaryan once said that “Azg” was a very good school for journalists back then.
In 1999, this newspaper was considered one of the most authoritative Armenian newspapers, though, its circulation became around 3 000 in 2003 and remained the same as of 2009.
Since 1999, Azg has been available online as well with four languages: Armenian, Russian, English and French.
Armenian Newspapers #3: Golos Armenii (‘Voice of Armenia’ from Russian)
This is a Russian language Armenian newspaper published in Yerevan, Armenia. It was previously known as ”Kommunist”. The newspaper was founded in 1934 and was the daily organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia. Communist newspaper became Golos Armenii in August 1990.
Golos Armenii is also published online in Russian.
Armenian Newspapers #4: Hayastani Hanrapetutyun (‘Republic of Armenia’)
This newspaper was first published in 1990 by the government of Armenia, so this daily newspaper is the official publication of Armenia, with the President’s office, the National Assembly, the Armenian government and the Department of Information, each holding 25% of shares.
Because the newspaper is government owned it isn’t as famous and credible among the population, even though it has around 2 500 circulation.
”Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” newspaper also has an online version but it is available only in Armenian.
Armenian Newspapers #5: Haykakan Zhamanak (The Armenian Times)
The Armenian Times is another famous printed daily newspaper in Armenia. It was re-opened as in 1999, after the “Oragir” periodical was shut down (Armenian Times was the logical continuation of the “Oragir”).
The editor-in-chief was now an opposition MP of the National Assembly of RA Nikol Pashinyan. He resigned after he got elected an MP in 2012, since then, the editor-in-chief has been Hayk Gevorgyan.
A very interesting fact about Haykakan Zhamanak is that the issue of the newspaper of January 20, 2015 came out without any pictures, crosswords or any ads, by that the editors wanted to join the demand of the public to make it the National Day of Mourning for the death of the youngest of the Avetisyan family, who were massacred in Gyumri.
The periodical has an online version as well. It also publishes the latest Armenian news in Armenian.
Armenian Online Newspapers (in English)
Armenian Online Newspapers #1: News.am
One of the most famous online Armenian newspapers is the News.am. Perhaps the reason for this are the short and memorable name and most importantly the quality content readers can find there.
The newspaper editorial team does a great job of representing different opinions and different angles of the same question or news, thus enabling readers to be able to get an understanding of what might actually be happening.
Not being a “click-hunter”, and trying to get readers attention with good content and not scandalous headings make it very credible among the readers.
The latest Armenia news today can be found on News.am website, published in four languages: Armenian, Russian, English and Turkish.
Armenian Online Newspapers #2: Tert.am
Tert.am (‘tert’ means ‘newspaper’ in Armenian) is another very famous online newspaper available also in English. Tert.am, just like the previously mentioned newspaper (News.am), is extremely trustworthy among the readers.
This newspaper also tries to portrait the truth as objectively as possible, and not to get into sentimental statements and headings.
The website is available in three languages – Armenian, Russian and English.
Armenian Online Newspapers #3: Panorama.am
Panorama is an online Armenian newspaper, offering latest news in variety of topics and sections, including sports, healthcare, education, etc. Panorama is generally pretty famous among online readers, and it has won their trust over the years of its existence.
This newspaper is pro-governmental, but it doesn’t mean it never criticizes the government.
The website offers the latest Armenia news today in three languages: Armenian, Russian and English.
Armenian Online Newspapers #4: 168.am
168.am is the online version of the printed 168 zham (168 hours) newspaper which was founded in 2004, and the first issue of the newspaper was published on Sept. 9, 2004.
The founder of this periodical is a famous Armenian journalist Satik Seyranyan, who also has a TV show on one of Armenian TV channels, called “R-Evolucia”, where she hosts government representatives or political activists and challenges them with sharp and relevant questions.
168 zham is generally considered an opposition newspaper, but it does not have very high rating among the readers, because even though they try to give quality content and portrait every possible side of the latest news, they usually find themselves using very emotional, pathetic headlines.
This sort of approach to the latest Armenia news today creates emotional sensations among the readers, and does not give them sufficient information about an event or help them understand what is going on.
The website publishes news in three languages: Armenian, Russian and English.
Armenian Online Newspapers #5: PanArmenian.net
PanArmenian is an online news outlet very famous in Armenia. It was first launched in 2000. PanArmenian network is unique because it also has a PanArmenian Photo agency, which is basically one of a kind in Armenia today.
It portrays latest Armenia news and various events, as well as it is a creative photo agency, and their pictures get very large audiences in social networks, such as Facebook. Several ten thousand fans (this number is pretty big for Armenia) like, share and comment on their pictures, therefore making it very famous.
Of course, it is not only about the pictures, reporting of Armenian news of the day is on a very high level, and it offers news on various subjects, remaining an interesting source of latest news and information for every kind of a reader!
The news provided by this website is available in three languages: Armenian, Russian and English.
To sum up, there are various newspapers in Armenia, both online and printed, and even though the printed media is dying today, basically everywhere in the world, it still tries to survive in competition with online media outlets (at least in Armenia).
Unfortunately, printed periodicals, especially daily ones are either in Armenian or Russian, but majority of online newspapers do offer English articles alongside with Armenian and Russian ones!
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