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The cruel reality: Not all are equal in eyes of the media

Are we all equal in the media? That's the question to ask as we mark 20 years since the Rwandan genocide.

By Anton Harber 11 Apr 2014 10:05

The future media models

Future media models are all about reading - grasping the attention of the bored consumer - and being innovative with digital. But, it is predicted that 80 to 90% of publishers will still fail to innovate.

By Louise Marsland 11 Apr 2014 07:15

Broadcasting déjà vu in Cape Town

Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer has apologised for the lack of service in Khayelitsha. But did the SABC carry the report?

By Ed Herbst 8 Apr 2014 06:34

Investigative journalism deserves to be honoured

Once a year, I sit down to read the best of the previous year's investigative journalism. Judging the Taco Kuiper Award is a highlight of my calendar.

By Anton Harber 4 Apr 2014 05:48

Using analysis to enhance media monitoring

Imagine a world where media monitoring costs nothing. Sure, this might sound far-fetched, but is monitoring not simply providing the raw data required to conduct analysis that gives insight on a company?

By Jaco Pienaar 3 Apr 2014 06:24

WhatsApp with Facebook?

People have been asking why Facebook spent so much on the instant messenger. Is it that Facebook wants to have dominance in the mobile market or are more people moving away from Facebook?

By Christopher Smith 2 Apr 2014 14:05

Where's our sense of humour gone?

Last Sunday I woke up full of the joys of spring, but by the time I had finished reading the Sunday Times I couldn't make up my mind whether to go back to bed with a bottle of whisky, or wander out into the street and throw myself in front of a minibus.

By Chris Moerdyk 2 Apr 2014 06:52

SABC and the Shell House Massacre anniversary

'The IFP would like to see whether the SABC makes any reference to this today and tonight in its daily dose of pro-ANC "Celebrating 20 years of democracy" propaganda on the news bulletins.' - IFP Secretary General, Sibongile Nko in a media release "IFP remembers Shell House Massacre" 28/3/2014.

By Ed Herbst 1 Apr 2014 08:35

MNOs can preserve their way of life by lowering prices

Recent events are evidence of unprecedented pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs) to lower their prices.

By Rob Lith 1 Apr 2014 06:53

Praise to the media, but much else can be done

At times such as these, I want to sing the praise of those elements of our news media that show courage and doggedness.

By Anton Harber 28 Mar 2014 05:43

Embracing social media monitoring

Global research has found that 71% of online adults use Facebook and 40% of cellphone owners access a social networking site from their device. But what does a growing reliance on social mean for news monitoring and analysis?

By Jaco Pienaar 25 Mar 2014 09:53

SABC silences church and other voices

'We in the churches deeply regret that certain clergy have ganged up against the public protector in the name of the church. They have done so without adequate knowledge of her reports and their intervention only serves to undermine the fight against corruption.' - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, 18 March 2014.

By Ed Herbst 24 Mar 2014 09:07

Getting the right media planning mix for business performance

Digital media planning is an art and a science, an arcane discipline that relies on gut instinct, hard numbers, and perhaps, most importantly, a lot of patience and hard work.

By Chanel Mackay, Issued by 25AM 20 Mar 2014 14:00

Janet Heard resigns from Cape Times

Janet Heard, assistant editor (head of news) at the Cape Times, has resigned.

By Rod Baker 20 Mar 2014 09:30

Elections and media - the truth and nothing but the truth?

With all the media converging on the Pistorius murder trial many people have forgotten or not even realised that in fact in just under two month's we have a national election!

By Marion Scher 18 Mar 2014 06:58

Great curated content not to be underestimated

Wading through the content clutter to discover gems so that users don't have to, is a valuable service brands can and should offer their community.

By Natalie Pool 17 Mar 2014 07:30

Load shedding - a media-related chronology

Part 1 of this article covers the lead up to our current electricity crisis. Part 2 deals with the media coverage - or not, in the case of State media - of the crisis.

By Ed Herbst 14 Mar 2014 07:03

Pistorius trial represents a turning point for the dailies

My university and I were lambasted by a colleague for stooping so low as to engage in the Oscar Pistorius trial media frenzy...

By Anton Harber 14 Mar 2014 06:18

Are you a social media narcissist - Generation ME?

What would life be without social media platforms? It would feel like the dark ages. Social media is part of our everyday life, nothing can function without it.

By Mfundo Ntsibande 13 Mar 2014 13:32

The anatomy of content marketing

If you don't know what content means, don't bother looking it up in a dictionary, you may not find the answer you seek.

By Erik de Jager 13 Mar 2014 10:34

Open justice changes witnesses' lives forever

Just because they lived close to Oscar Pistorius and had the misfortune of hearing the events that led to his murder trial, the lives of witnesses were torn apart.

By Anton Harber 10 Mar 2014 07:01

Embracing technology in media

For better or worse, technology has changed how we engage with media. And despite the 'print is dead' argument, clients of public relations firms still expect to get their column centimetres. So how is technology shaping the lives of media professionals?

By Jaco Pienaar 6 Mar 2014 06:30

Solution to communication failure is communication

Translating product information into information that can be understood and, perchance liked, is up to the copywriter - however, there are many fingers clutching at their pens, which may result in what the adage warns of cooks and the broth.

By Claudio Milo 5 Mar 2014 06:30

Oscar trial - Media circus or fair reportage?

As the world's media gathered today outside and inside the High Court in Pretoria, there are many questions in the public's mind. Is this fair? Is this not voyeurism of the highest order? Will it influence the outcome? Is it necessary?

By Marion Scher 3 Mar 2014 14:56

Pistorius' live trial sets excellent precedent

This week's decision by Judge Dunstan Mlambo to allow the broadcasting of the Oscar Pistorius trial was itself broadcast live - and provided a vivid demonstration of the value of letting cameras into courts.

By Anton Harber 28 Feb 2014 06:12

Media monitoring sucks

Offering a media monitoring (or clipping) service should be easy. How difficult can it really be to provide clients with content relevant to them or featuring their brand and working out a value for that?

By Jaco Pienaar 27 Feb 2014 14:31

Why is our ad industry not advertising itself?

Judging from conversations on social media and radio talk shows, there is no doubt in my mind that advertising in South Africa is not regarded by the majority of our citizens as having any real value to society.

By Chris Moerdyk 27 Feb 2014 04:58

Why all social media isn't for everyone

Has it ever pained you that your favourite toilet paper brand doesn't have a Facebook page? Does it annoy you that your breakfast cereal doesn't tweet? No? Me neither.

By Thandi Guilherme 25 Feb 2014 06:30

Bekker's embrace of new technology was well rewarded

In 1985 Naspers was a local Afrikaans newspaper operation worth about R24m. Then CEO Ton Vosloo received a message from a South African studying at Columbia University, New York...

By Anton Harber 25 Feb 2014 06:21

Fear in the newsroom

There's a host of reasons why people become journalists, but what happens when their newsroom is run by fear and control?

By Anton Harber 24 Feb 2014 11:40