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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The Daphne impact

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...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 20 Apr 2018

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The line between news and advertising is blurring, according to study

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)...

20 Apr 2018

Tiso Blackstar responds to "misleading reports" by Independent Media
Tiso Blackstar responds to "misleading reports" by Independent Media

Tiso Blackstar Group has clarified its position, that it is in fact performing well and ahead of expectations, following what it calls misleading reporting by Independent Media...

19 Apr 2018

Independent Media sets the record straight
Independent Media sets the record straight

Independent Media, through Sekunjalo Independent Media (SIM), was included in the plans of Sagarmatha Technologies, to form part of the multi-sided platform (MSP) technology company's ecosystem which was to list on the JSE last week...

Issued by Independent Media 19 Apr 2018

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Did Barack Obama really say 'Stay woke, bitches' in this viral video?

"Thank you. And stay woke, bitches," is not a quote you'd normally attribute to former US President Barack Obama. But filmmaker Jordan Peele just made this a reality, by using intelligent visual trickery...

By Andy Walker 19 Apr 2018

#BehindtheSelfie with... Sherlin Barends
#BehindtheSelfie with... Sherlin Barends

This week we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Sherlin Barends, radio presenter on KFM 94.5's #KFMMornings, which was announced as best commercial breakfast show at the recent Liberty Radio Awards...

By Leigh Andrews 18 Apr 2018

Bigger picture reporting makes good business sense
Bigger picture reporting makes good business sense

Companies listed on the JSE, SOEs, NGOs and other acronyms who use other people's money, issue an integrated report at the end of their financial year. Because it's a requirement...

Issued by Blue Apple 11 Apr 2018

BusinessTech is the top business publication in South Africa
BusinessTech is the top business publication in South Africa

BusinessTech has topped the IAB's South African Business Publication Rankings for March 2018, thanks to its impressive growth in recent months...

Issued by MyBroadband 10 Apr 2018

Exclusive Books Ballito Junction
Exclusive Books CEO calls it quits

Exclusive Books CEO Benjamin Trisk is parting ways with South Africa's largest bookseller due to "a breakdown in the relationship among shareholders"...

6 Apr 2018

Folio: 2018 class of Top Women in Media. © .
Folio: announce 2018 class of Top Women in Media

Folio: has announced its 2018 class of Top Women in Media to represent the best and brightest up and comers, entrepreneurs, change-makers, corporate champions, and industry trailblazers in the media industry...

6 Apr 2018

Are you serious? Fooling around on April Fool's Day 2018
Are you serious? Fooling around on April Fool's Day 2018

The rise of fake news means today's social media bunch are more sceptical than ever before, but how many people actually fall for April Fool's headlines...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Apr 2018

Retail industry doyen Andrew Jennings releases debut book for charity
Retail industry doyen Andrew Jennings releases debut book for charity

Respected British senior retail executive, Andrew Jennings, has released his debut book, Almost Is Not Good Enough in South Africa...

29 Mar 2018

Tiso focus on media growth, cutting debt
Tiso focus on media growth, cutting debt

Tiso Blackstar Group, the owner of Business Day, is focused on offloading noncore assets so that it can reduce debt and invest in its media business, says CEO Andrew Bonamour...

By Nick Hedley 28 Mar 2018

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Novus firms in face of revenue knock

The share price of Novus Holdings closed 2.35% firmer at R4.35 on Tuesday after the release of details of the hefty knock it will suffer on the new Media24 printing contract...

28 Mar 2018

Tiso Blackstar shares remain untraded after it delays special dividend
Tiso Blackstar shares remain untraded after it delays special dividend

Tiso Blackstar's share remained untraded on Tuesday morning, with only a wide spread between its bid and ask price showing a reaction to a statement released at 5.30pm on Monday that a special dividend of R40m promised in July 2017 had been delayed indefinitely.

27 Mar 2018

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What they don't teach you at university: The PR Hustle

There's no denying those who work in the public relations and media industry work hard. But in 2018, it's all about working smarter, not harder. So if there's a way to streamline and simplify the process of both generating content and ensuring media coverage, both sides benefit. That's where Jana Leonard's PR Hustle fills a gap...

By Leigh Andrews 27 Mar 2018

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Australian media firms fail in Rebel Wilson bid

Six Australian media companies seeking to join the battle against a record Aus$4.5 million (US$3.5 million) defamation payout to Hollywood star Rebel Wilson had their case knocked back on Thursday...

22 Mar 2018

Naspers to sell up to 190-million of its Tencent shares
Naspers to sell up to 190-million of its Tencent shares

Naspers proposes to raise about R125bn by selling some of its Tencent shares, it said on Thursday...

By Robert Laing 22 Mar 2018

How Vicinity Media built SA's premium publisher network in under three years
How Vicinity Media built SA's premium publisher network in under three years

Vicinity has created a new tier of advertising which sits alongside premium and above remnant...

By Charles Talbot, Issued by Vicinity Media 20 Mar 2018

#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers
#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers

Marc du Plessis, joint CEO of Spark Media and head of the Publisher Council of the IAB, gave a keynote address at Future Ad Africa in Johannesburg yesterday on the subject of brand safety, trust and supporting the independent press...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Mar 2018

Metroland, citing falling advertising revenues, shuttered three daily and eight community publications ()
Canada's largest newspaper publishers face competition probe

OTTAWA, CANADA - Canada's competition watchdog announced on Monday an investigation of the country's largest newspaper publishers Torstar and Postmedia after the pair swapped and shuttered dozens of dailies last year...

13 Mar 2018

#Newsmaker: Trend Forward's Nemeth is Designing Ways' new editor in chief
#Newsmaker: Trend Forward's Nemeth is Designing Ways' new editor in chief

Regarded by many as one of the leading trend analysts in the retail, business and built environment, Dave Nemeth of Trend Forward has taken over the reins from Bev Hermanson as editor-in-chief of Designing Ways...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Mar 2018

#BehindtheSelfie with... Tshepang Molisana
#BehindtheSelfie with... Tshepang Molisana

This week we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Tshepang Molisana, self-employed freelance writer behind Taste Let's See, who calls herself a technophobe...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Mar 2018

365 Digital partners with Zkhiphani.com to create value for advertisers
365 Digital partners with Zkhiphani.com to create value for advertisers

365 Digital, an end-to-end publisher solutions company, has welcomed Zkhiphani.com onto their consortium of premier publishers...

Issued by 365 Digital 6 Mar 2018

Nelson Mandela Museum endorses tribute publication to Madiba
Nelson Mandela Museum endorses tribute publication to Madiba

The Nelson Mandela Museum has officially endorsed the launch and publication of 100: The Mandela Years - a special centenary edition paying homage to the 'Father of our Nation'...

Issued by Topco Media 1 Mar 2018

Legally protecting your brand name in the social media age
Legally protecting your brand name in the social media age

The advent of social media has provided brands with an undisputed marketing opportunity - a direct customer engagement and promotional platform, where brands can build their identity and loyalty to their heart's content. But all good things come with a price...

By Shan Radcliffe 28 Feb 2018

Competition Commission refers media firms to tribunal over price fixing claims
Competition Commission refers media firms to tribunal over price fixing claims

In what looks set to be an extremely drawn-out affair, the Competition Commission has referred 28 media companies to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, in contravention of the Competition Act...

By Ann Crotty 28 Feb 2018

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November release set for highly anticipated Michelle Obama memoir

A much-awaited memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama will be published in North America on November 13 and will appear simultaneously in 24 languages worldwide.

27 Feb 2018

Mashile on stage at Design Indaba 2018.
#DesignIndaba2018: Lebo Mashile on why she keeps coming back to gender and race in her poetry

Weaving her lyrical way through history, the ultimate lyrical female linguist, Lebo Mashile unpacked the power of design language...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Feb 2018

Proposed copyright amendment bill to be discussed at Creative Industry Imbizo
Proposed copyright amendment bill to be discussed at Creative Industry Imbizo

South Africa's creative industries will be gathering at the University of Pretoria on Saturday, 24 February for the Creative Industry Imbizo where the practical effects of the proposed copyright amendment bill will be discussed...

21 Feb 2018

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