You may not have heard of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was murdered six months ago, but Meryl Streep certainly has and it would not surprise me if the Oscar winner optioned DCG's story...
According to the Global Communications Report, 64% of public relations professionals surveyed predict that in five years the average consumer will not be able to distinguish between news stories (earned media) and promotional content (paid media)...
The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned what it terms "the vicious attack" by striking farmworkers on Cape Times' journalists covering the workers' unprotected strike at De Doorns in the Western Cape on 9 January and has called on the police to arrest the attackers and prosecute them.
11 Jan 2013
The story of TopTV's chronic failure to capture the South African pay television market has its origins in the failure by the broadcasting regulator, ICASA, to open the subscription television market to competition. ICASA has failed dismally to enable the introduction of new pay-TV players to compete with the incumbent, the dominant MultiChoice, operating under the brand name DStv, which was launched in 1995, a decade after its parent pay-TV channel, M-Net, was launched in 1986.
Avhasei Mukoma 11 Jan 2013
NEWSWATCH: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, acting chief operating officer of the debt-crippled SABC, has apparently issued an order that freelance staff be converted to fulltime employees, reports IOL. So, with his organisation already short of money, and by some reports, overstaffed, he plans to add to the wage bill?
10 Jan 2013
CLEVELAND, US: The 2013 Tabbies Call for Entries is now available at the TABPI website, allowing all b2b editors, publishers and art directors the opportunity to have their best work judged by their peers. The Tabbies, the editorial and design awards program run by Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI), is again partnering with the US's American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), New Zealand's Magazine Publishers Association (MPA), South Africa's SAFREA, Australia's Society of Editors NSW and the Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa (MPASA).
10 Jan 2013
The seven Awards Categories introduced into last year's PRISM Awards are attracting growing interest from entrants. With a record number of entries expected for the 2013 PRISM Awards and the entry deadline of 25 January looming, organisers are being inundated with queries.
9 Jan 2013
NEW YORK, US: Millward Brown, a global research agency, expert in helping companies grow great brands, has released its annual top 10 digital and media predictions, highlighting growing trends in the media sector.
7 Jan 2013
Here they are, Bizcommunity.com Marketing & Media South Africa's 2012 lists of most popular articles, those that drew the most comment, our most-read contributors, our most-visited galleries - and the ads from the Ornico Ad Showcase that got you voting.
Bizcommunity.com 4 Jan 2013
The Africa Cup of Nations matches, which are set to create football mania in Johannesburg from 19 January until 10 February, will also be shaking things up on the TV front.
3 Jan 2013
LAS VEGAS, US: With the rapid changes that happen in the advertising industry, deciding how to spend your marketing dollars can be a challenge. We make that choice easier with our infographic: "Advertising in the United States - Television vs Online".
Peter Koeppel 28 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: Lungani Zama, writing in IOL reckons that the national broadcaster has its priorities 'all mixed up' and that those running the organisation are 'clueless'.
27 Dec 2012
DAKAR, SENEGAL - The second high level media workshop on the African Union Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) started on Friday (21 December) in Dakar, Senegal, with the theme Promoting the culture of Peace through Media.
22 Dec 2012
NEW YORK, US: The Midas Awards, for the World's Best Financial Advertising, announced the award winners for the 2012 competition. This year's Midas Grand Jury awarded one Grand Midas, 26 Gold Ingots, 46 Silver Ingots, and 63 Finalists. The 2012 Midas Awards competition received entries from 28 countries and is reputed to be the only international competition that recognises excellence in financial services communications on a global scale.
21 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: Cricket is one of SA's leading sports and our national team - unlike our national football team - is ranked at the top or near the top in all forms of the game, but, as Daily Maverick and ESPNcricinfo report, the SABC will not be airing the SA-NZ test matches live.
20 Dec 2012
A day after the 14th anniversary of journalist Norbert Zongo's murder in Burkina Faso and two days before the 8th anniversary of journalist Deyda Hydara's murder in Gambia, Reporters Without Borders accuses the authorities in these two countries of sabotaging the investigations into their deaths and encouraging impunity.
19 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: According to Mail & Guardian, Star editor Makhudu Sefara says the newspaper reporter working on the Ramaphosa nomination report, which resulted in the resignation of political editor Gaye Davis, was "led down an unsavoury garden path". Meanwhile, Wyndham Hartley, writing in BD Live, says the media is becoming increasingly concerned with how government officials are handling news of Nelson Mandela's hospitalisation.
19 Dec 2012
YouTube has released a list of South Africa's top ten most popular YouTube video ads of the year. These are the South African ads which achieved the largest number of views from people in South Africa. Ranked in order they are:
19 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports that IOL political editor Gaye Davis has resigned after a report appeared in the Star to the effect that Cyril Ramaphosa had declined a nomination to be ANC deputy president. He has in fact accepted the nomination.
18 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: Cricket South Africa (CSA) is apparently still negotiating with the SABC to get live coverage of the Proteas home series against New Zealand, reports sport24.
18 Dec 2012
Proposed amendments to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) Act, have been strongly criticised by industry commentators who say it will erode the independence of the regulator.
16 Dec 2012
SA National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has issued a statement in which it accuses senior government representatives of misleading the public on how the media has covered Madiba's recent hospitalisation. The complete statement is as follows:
15 Dec 2012
The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in partnership with Bush Radio hosted the 12th Media Kidocracy Konference (MKK) 2012 attended by 96 young South Africans between 10-14 December at Nekkies Resort and Conference Center in Worcester in the Western Cape.
MDDA 14 Dec 2012
An 11-member delegation from the State Council of Information Office (SCIO) in China met on Wednesday with the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) to discuss communication practices.
14 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: An editorial in Times Live poses the question as to whether the SABC is a public or state broadcaster, while Khadija Patel, writing in the Daily Maverick reckons the ANC needs to do some serious work on its media relations. Finally, after about five years of waiting, the final regulations on digital terrestrial television migration will be published today, reports Mail & Guardian.
Rod Baker 14 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: According to a Mail & Guardian report, quoting the Times, an SABC interview featuring the cartoonist Zapiro was canned at the last minute.
Rod Baker 13 Dec 2012
On 6 December 2012, the Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) co-hosted a panel discussion themed "Photography as a Media Format" as part of celebrating the graduates of the 2012 MPW Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (PDP) program.
MDDA 13 Dec 2012
The Wireless Access Providers' Association (WAPA) feels that the introduction of Lite-Licensing, which is currently being trialled and employed by progressive institutions internationally, as an alternative wireless spectrum management approach, could benefit South Africa.
13 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: The tighter controls over talk shows introduced at the SABC this week have the alarm bells ringing, reports BDlive, and proof of how bad news travels is the fact that news that local SA news channel eNCA had to apologise for using an old clip dealing with comments on Nelson Mandela, has been picked up the Times of India. Mail & Guardian reports countries - the US and China to name but two - are at odds over laws governing the internet, and IOL reports on how a UK study finds that playing violent video games can make people more aggressive.
Rod Baker 13 Dec 2012