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Media Awards 2012: Never a dull moment

The looming Mangaung conference meant that ANC politics was THE big story of 2012 while the news hounds were kept very, very busy covering tumultuous events such as the numerous service-delivery and wage protests throughout the country and the Marikana massacre.

By Gill Moodie 10 Dec 2012 04:03

Onsert adds advertising impact on Caxton newspapers

A new media type, the onsert or Power Note has specially formulated glue that allows it to be stuck on local newspapers and peeled off easily for immediate advertising impact. Originally developed in the US and Europe with great success, it is exclusively available to Caxton products for one year.

4 Dec 2012 09:10

Concert ban on photos concerns Sanef

There is a ban on free news media photography at the Lady Gaga Concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with the organisers only making available selected publicity photographs. The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) notes its concern at such a decision, which it regards as a form of press censorship, fundamentally in conflict with the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of media in South Africa.

30 Nov 2012 08:10

Times Media launches academy for print industry training

Times Media Academy will launch in January 2013, with its first training module aimed at strengthening skills in the understanding of the print industry. Times Media will cover the full costs of hosting course applicants from tertiary institutions and creative agencies who wish to strengthen the quality of print work they deliver.

30 Nov 2012 07:34

POST newspaper delivers consistent results over fifty-five years

Durban-based weekly, POST, achieved year-on-year growth for the third consecutive quarter, the release of July-September ABCs earlier this month indicated. With many newspapers around SA showing negative growth it is good to see the latest POST sale at 44 585, up 2.7% year on year and 1.3% quarter on quarter.

Issued by Independent Newspapers KZN 29 Nov 2012 09:26

Media24 mourns passing of Prof Gerwel

The directors of Media24 mourned the passing of its chairman, Professor Jakes Gerwel, on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, following a short illness.

29 Nov 2012 07:56

Candlelight vigil for press freedom tomorrow

The Right2Know Campaign will hold a candlelight vigil against the Secrecy Bill on Thursday, 29 November 2012, from 5:30-7:30pm on Joubert Street (corner Hoofd) on the Women's Jail side of the Constitutional Court precinct in Braamfontein.

28 Nov 2012 08:51

If used wisely, Twitter can be very wise

I confess: I turn to Twitter and Facebook in the wee hours when I can't sleep - and last night a rather interesting thing happened.

By Gill Moodie 27 Nov 2012 11:53

TMG announcement - a breath of fresh air

What a breath of fresh air, a bold and confident statement, that the Times Media Group's (TMG) rate setting for 2013 would be based on the Advertising Media Forum (AMF) definition of core circulation. This will send a clear message to advertisers that TMG not only means business but will commit to a partnership of shared responsibility and reward.

By Gordon Patterson 23 Nov 2012 10:11

In print for 160 years - The Mercury's pioneering spirit prevails

First published as the Natal Mercury and Shipping and Commercial Gazette on 25 November 1852, with a print run of just 300 copies, today The Mercury is one of the most well-loved newspaper brands in South Africa.

Issued by Independent Newspapers KZN 23 Nov 2012 10:01

Son goes mobile

The Afrikaans tabloid newspaper, Son has launched its mobisite, allowing readers to access their favourite read, even though they may not be able to purchase the daily print edition.

22 Nov 2012 06:35

ABC Q3 figures forecast tough times

"It's going to be a tough Christmas," concluded Gordon Patterson in his presentation of the third-quarter (Q3) Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures released in Johannesburg last week.

By Gill Moodie 21 Nov 2012 13:35

Make a donation and support Die Burger's Christmas Fund

Die Burger's Christmas fund (Die Kersfonds) invites all their readers, schools and businesses to open their hearts and wallets and contribute. The fund has already raised more than R300 000 but still needs to achieve its goal of R1.3 million. The fund supports and accommodates young children in the newspaper's distribution area.

Issued by Die Burger 20 Nov 2012 11:31

Linking ad rates to core circulation

As soon as ABC's are published at the end of Q1 2013, Times Media will be linking advertising rates to core circulation and will review it quarterly thereafter.

20 Nov 2012 10:56

Times Media aims to cut Avusa debt

Times Media, the listed entity that owns Avusa, says it will focus on reducing the group's debt and improving revenue and operating margins following a trading update on Friday, 16 November 2012, that revealed a very subdued performance.

19 Nov 2012 10:30

Judge, police rules in favour of Sunday Times, Wa Afrika

Judge Nomsa Khumalo of the Pretoria High Court ruled that the NPA had failed to argue that there were grounds for an urgent interdict against the Sunday Times for wanting to publish "How Zuma got off the hook". Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa has also conceded that the arrest of Sunday Times journalist, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, was wrongful and agreed to pay him R100,000 in damages and to pay the newspaper's legal costs.

19 Nov 2012 10:02

Winners of Sunday Times Top 100 Companies

The winners of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies awards were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg late last week, with the top award going to Capitec Bank Holdings, as the Top Company of the Year. Capitec won in 2010 and was ranked second last year.

19 Nov 2012 07:39

Times Media details restructuring progress

Times Media's profit from operations before exceptional items grew by 18% to R86m for the six months ended September 2012‚ it said in a voluntary trading update on Friday.

17 Nov 2012 12:04

Cross-promotion of Afrikaans dailies on KykNET

KykNet's new actuality breakfast show, Dagbreek, broadcast Mondays to Fridays from 6-8am, will offer a discussion of the latest news in the Afrikaans dailies, as presented by editors from the Media24 newspaper stable: Tim du Plessis, Waldimar Pelser and Mandy Rossouw. Their analysis of the day's events can be found in detail in the newspapers.

15 Nov 2012 06:04

Sports Media Awards highlight professionalism in South Africa

Now in its third decade, the 2012 South African Breweries (SAB) Sports Media Awards once again highlighted the dedicated professionalism of the South African sports media and the performers and fans that make up its world. The SAB Sports Media Sports Personality of the Year was Oscar Pistorius.

12 Nov 2012 09:26

Blow to companies linked to Malema

The North Gauteng High Court ordered three companies linked to expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema to allow City Press assistant editor Adriaan Basson and Media 24 to inspect or make copies of the securities registers of the firms within five days of the order.

9 Nov 2012 12:53

New satirical newspaper

Straight and Narrow, a new satirical daily newspaper launched on Monday 5 November 2012.

7 Nov 2012 10:13

Social network: It won't pay if you don't play

There are no experts on Twitter and Facebook and I'd do a careful check on the credentials of any "consultant" you might be thinking of paying to advise your company or train your staff on how best to use them.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 2 Nov 2012 15:32

Loeries top 10 brands, agencies

The organisers say it has been a successful year for the Loeries, with the second largest number of entries received since 2008 - over 3,000 entry submissions from across Africa and the Middle East.

2 Nov 2012 11:34

Dave Erasmus retires from The Witness

Dave Erasmus is retiring from The Witness today after 46 years with the company. He started at The Witness fresh from his Matric year at Estcourt, High School, in the advertising department of newspaper in 1966 and rose to classified advertising manager.

31 Oct 2012 11:26

Isolezwe journo scoops SATMA

Isolezwe journalist, Charles Khuzwayo, was honoured with the Best Journalist in the print category at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMAs) held at the East London International Convention Centre, on Saturday, 27 October.

Issued by Independent Newspapers KZN 31 Oct 2012 09:08

Creative Circle results for September 2012

The Creative Circle Ad of the Month results for September 2012 have been announced, and chairperson for the advertising judging panel that month, Jonathan Beggs, has commented that, "it was a predictably quiet month after the Loeries rush, with not a huge amount of entries overall but there was some really enjoyable work."

30 Oct 2012 09:18

Media focus on ANC battles: Zuma

Media and commentators are eager to focus on "perceived battles" in the ANC ahead of its elective conference in Mangaung, instead of the party's policies, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.

30 Oct 2012 08:27

Zuma drops suit against Zapiro cartoon

President Jacob Zuma has withdrawn his claim for damages against a Zapiro cartoon published in the Sunday Times and agreed to pay half of its legal costs, according to the newspaper on Saturday.

29 Oct 2012 05:02

Zuma vs Zapiro: Zuma blinks

NEWSWATCH: It seems the "Mangaung Factor" could be at work... According to a Mail & Guardian report, Zuma has dropped his R1m claim that Zapiro's "rape" cartoon harmed his (Zuma's) dignity, and he's cut his claim for defamation from R4m to R100,000 - and he wants Zapiro to say "Sorry".

26 Oct 2012 16:24

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