By Marwan Ahmad, Editor in Chief

I was asked by some friends why do you want to publish a new magazine, when people  seek their news from the internet?   Isn’t this a losing venture? My response is  a confident no!  While, many peruse the web for their news on a horde of matters, the printed pappable periodicals are not on the endangered list.   Old and young pick up magazines  all over the world to read the latest news to the latest trends.

Hayat Washington will join all great print media and be available online also.  I want our audience to be connected with us and reach out to us with ideas and opinions.

Since, I was  in middle school I remember how excited I used to get when  my father used to bring the daily  newspaper and weekly magazines home.  As I laid out the periodicals on my bedroom floor I intensly studied every page. More than the content of the newspaper I was facinated by the arrangement of  the titles, photos and text on every page. To me, it was like going into a different zone of interest. This continued with me until my adulthood.  In fact, now, when I walk into a bookstore I am drawn to the  magazine rack.  I have to grab a few and analyze them. This has become an addiction.

I’m taking my passion for magazines and launching Hayat Washington.  Even though, I have been in the publishing business since 1994,  most of my work was newspapers, books and business directories. I did dabble in publishing magazines and am excited to fully immerse myself in this venture.

To me, it’s the art of choosing articles topics, photos, type and layout that brings me satisfaction and joy. I can spend hours selecting the right font and placing the right image that matches the article subject in an artistic way. It’s almost like arranging your house furniture to make sure it’s elegant and spacious, with no clutter, so your family and guests can enjoy.

As I lay out Hayat Washington, I cannot help but think  what better time than now to fulfill my desire to publish a magazine, when we are facing many challenges socially and politically as a community. What better place is there than Washington DC, with its active lifestyle that attracts so many people to it. It’s a perfect marriage between time, place, and media.

الزواج بين الإعلام والمكان والزمان

سألني ‬بعض‭ ‬الأصدقاء‭ ‬لمذا‭ ‬تبدأ‭ ‬بنشر‭ ‬مجلة‭ ‬والناس‭ ‬لم‭ ‬تعد‭ ‬تقرأ‭ ‬الا‭ ‬من‭ ‬الإنترنت؟‭ ‬اليست‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬مغامرة‭ ‬تقد‭ ‬تكون‭ ‬خاسرة؟‭ ‬وكان‭ ‬ردي‭ ‬بثقة‭ ‬بأنه‭ ‬رغم‭ ‬أن‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬الناس‭ ‬يقرأون‭ ‬الأخبار‭ ‬عن‭ ‬طريق‭ ‬الإنترنت‭ ‬ولكن‭ ‬الصحف‭ ‬والمجلات‭ ‬المطبوعة‭ ‬ليست‭ ‬على‭ ‬قائمة‭ ‬الإنقراض‭. ‬فنحن‭ ‬نجد‭ ‬الكبار‭ ‬والصغار‭ ‬يقرأون‭ ‬المجلات‭ ‬والصحف‭ ‬المطبوعة‭ ‬ليطلعوا‭ ‬على‭ ‬الأخبار‭ ‬واخر‭ ‬الصيحات‭. ‬

مجلة‭ ‬حياة‭ ‬واشنطن‭ ‬ستشارك‭ ‬كبريات‭ ‬المجلات‭ ‬التي‭ ‬ما‭ ‬زالت‭ ‬تطبع‭ ‬نسخها‭ ‬وكذلك‭ ‬ينشرون‭ ‬على‭ ‬الإنترنت‭. ‬وهذا‭ ‬ما‭ ‬سيوفر‭ ‬لقرأونا‭ ‬أن‭ ‬يكون‭ ‬على‭ ‬تواصل‭ ‬معنا‭ ‬بالقراءة‭ ‬والأفكار‭ ‬والمشاركات‭ ‬ايضاً‭.‬

أذكر‭ ‬منذ‭ ‬كنت‭ ‬بالمدرسة‭ ‬بالمرحلة‭ ‬الإعدادية‭ ‬اشعر‭ ‬بالسعادة‭ ‬عندما‭ ‬كان‭ ‬والدي‭ ‬رحمه‭ ‬الله‭ ‬يأتي‭ ‬بالصحف‭ ‬اليومية‭ ‬والمجلات‭ ‬الإسبوعية‭ ‬الى‭ ‬المنزل‭. ‬فكنت‭ ‬آخذ‭ ‬تلك‭ ‬المطبوعات‭ ‬واضعها‭ ‬على‭ ‬ارضية‭ ‬غرفتي‭ ‬واتصفحها‭ ‬بعناية‭. ‬بالإضافة‭ ‬الى‭ ‬محتوى‭ ‬المقالات‭ ‬فأنا‭ ‬كنت‭ ‬مولعاً‭ ‬بإسلوب‭ ‬ترتيب‭ ‬وتصفيط‭ ‬المقالات‭ ‬مع‭ ‬الصور‭ ‬والعنواين‭ ‬والمساحات‭ ‬بينها‭. ‬وكأنني‭ ‬اذهب‭ ‬الى‭ ‬عالم‭ ‬آخر‭. ‬واستمر‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬الولع‭ ‬حتى‭ ‬كبرت‭. ‬والآن‭ ‬عندما‭ ‬ادخل‭ ‬الى‭ ‬اية‭ ‬مكتبة‭ ‬فإنني‭ ‬اتجه‭ ‬بشكل‭ ‬غير‭ ‬ارادي‭ ‬الى‭ ‬قسم‭ ‬المجلات‭ ‬لآخذ‭ ‬عدد‭ ‬منها‭ ‬لأتصفحها‭ ‬وادرس‭ ‬محتواها‭ ‬لدرجة‭ ‬أنها‭ ‬اصبحت‭ ‬عادة‭ ‬لا‭ ‬استطيع‭ ‬مقاومتها‭. ‬

وقدد‭ ‬قررت‭ ‬الآن‭ ‬أن‭ ‬اخذ‭ ‬اهتمامي‭ ‬بالمجلات‭ ‬لأخراج‭ ‬مجلتي‭ ‬الخاصة‭. ‬ورغم‭ ‬أني‭ ‬عملت‭ ‬في‭ ‬مجال‭ ‬النشر‭ ‬منذ‭ ‬‮١٩٩٤‬‭ ‬ولكن‭ ‬معظم‭ ‬منتجاتي‭ ‬كانت‭ ‬من‭ ‬الصحف‭ ‬والكتب‭ ‬والأدلة‭ ‬التجارية‭ ‬وبعض‭ ‬المجلات‭ ‬هنا‭ ‬وهناك‭. ‬والآن‭ ‬اشعر‭ ‬بالسعادة‭ ‬لأتفرغ‭ ‬في‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬المجال‭ ‬بصورة‭ ‬كاملة‭. ‬

فالنسبة‭ ‬لي‭ ‬عملية‭ ‬اختيار‭ ‬مواضيع‭ ‬المقالات‭ ‬والصور‭ ‬وانواع‭ ‬الخطوط‭ ‬ووتصفيفها‭ ‬معا‭ ‬هو‭ ‬نوع‭ ‬من‭ ‬الفنون‭ ‬التي‭ ‬اهواها‭. ‬ويمكنني‭ ‬ان‭ ‬اقضي‭ ‬ساعات‭ ‬طويلة‭ ‬في‭ ‬اختيار‭ ‬كل‭ ‬جزء‭ ‬من‭ ‬تلك‭ ‬المعادلة‭ ‬الفنية‭ ‬لإنتج‭ ‬مجلة‭ ‬تتناسق‭ ‬فيها‭ ‬العنواين‭ ‬والصور‭ ‬والخطوط‭. ‬واشبه‭ ‬ذلك‭ ‬بالشخص‭ ‬الذي‭ ‬يعيد‭ ‬ترتيب‭ ‬اثاث‭ ‬منزله‭ ‬ليكون‭ ‬متناسقاً‭ ‬من‭ ‬حيث‭ ‬الأناقة‭ ‬والمساحات‭ ‬لكي‭ ‬تستمتع‭ ‬به‭ ‬عائلته‭ ‬واصدقائه‭. ‬

وأنا‭ ‬في‭ ‬خضم‭ ‬التحضير‭ ‬لهذا‭ ‬العدد‭ ‬الأول‭ ‬يدور‭ ‬في‭ ‬ذهني‭ ‬مدى‭ ‬أهمية‭ ‬نشر‭ ‬هذه‭ ‬المجلة‭ ‬لإشبع‭ ‬بها‭ ‬شغفي‭ ‬بالنشر‭ ‬في‭ ‬وقت‭ ‬نواجه‭ ‬جاليتها‭ ‬العربية‭ ‬تحديات‭ ‬إجتماعية‭ ‬وسياسية‭. ‬أنا‭ ‬ارى‭ ‬أن‭ ‬كون‭ ‬المجلة‭ ‬تصدر‭ ‬من‭ ‬منطقة‭ ‬واشنطن‭ ‬الناشطة‭ ‬والمليئة‭ ‬بالأحداث‭ ‬والتي‭ ‬يأتي‭ ‬اليها‭ ‬الكثير‭ ‬من‭ ‬الناس‭ ‬فإن‭ ‬التوقيت‭ ‬يوفر‭ ‬زواج‭ ‬بين‭ ‬الإعلام‭ ‬والمكان‭ ‬والزمان‭.‬

مروان‭ ‬احمد‭ ‬