Most companies are creating original content to keep consumers engaged these days, whether it's a blog post, a social media update, an ebook, a presentation or a full-blown event.
By Athar Naser 4 Dec 2013 11:52
The PICA Awards were held recently in Johannesburg. The Awards bring together the publishing industry and reward publishing excellence. I spoke to the winners.
By Danette Breitenbach 29 Nov 2013 10:40
If a brand tells the story of a company's products or services then the "author" ought to have the story-telling skills of a best-selling writer.
By Claudio Milo 29 Nov 2013 08:45
The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.
By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013 06:33
By now we all know there has been a shift in the way companies are doing business. The social era has been long upon us and it's a case of "adapt or die".
By Athar Naser 14 Nov 2013 07:48
Chances are, if you're on a mailing list connected to the media industry, you would have received numerous (digital) links to studies and reports hailing the success of paywalls by various publishers around the globe.
By Styli Charalambous 6 Nov 2013 15:00
NEWSWATCH: BDlive reports that the family that owns RamsayMedia has sold its remaining stake to Caxton.
By Rod Baker 5 Nov 2013 09:04
This is a golden age for investigative reporting in South Africa. In the Muldergate era there were two enduring themes, apartheid itself and the Info Scandal.
By Ed Herbst 1 Nov 2013 13:24
At the University of the Witwatersrand this week, we honoured a patriotic journalist who was killed because of his investigative work.
By Anton Harber 1 Nov 2013 07:09
As this column went to press last week, Glenn Greenwald, the writer who broke the Edward Snowden story about US surveillance and who I described as the present rock star of journalism, resigned from The Guardian to join an internet start-up.
By Anton Harber 29 Oct 2013 07:26
It was telling that one struggled to get a copy of last week's report of the Print and Digital Media Transformation Task Team (PDMTT).
By Anton Harber 3 Oct 2013 12:53
There has been a lot written in the past few weeks about the challenges posed to the online publishing community by the litigation between Moneyweb and Fin24, and a not unsubstantial amount of this opinion has been a mix of journalistic petulance and hysteria.
By Chris Moerdyk 3 Oct 2013 12:15
From tablets to Twitter and smartphones to social media, the way we produce and consume news will never be the same. As with almost part of our lives, technology has interrupted and disrupted the way we used to do things, and journalism is no exception.
By Styli Charalambous 3 Oct 2013 07:32
Who still takes three pages in the newspaper for their financial statements? The newspaper does, of course - and sometimes the statements contain nuggets of more interesting information - not strictly financial.
By Anton Harber 2 Oct 2013 05:28
South African advertisers that want to maximise their returns from their digital spending, should consider allocating a significant portion of their budgets to direct buys of premium display advertising from top tier publishers.
By Marcus Stephens 1 Oct 2013 15:30
A few weeks ago, SA's media world was stunned by the news of Moneyweb taking Fin24 to court for doing what aggregators around the world have been doing since the dawn of Internet publishing: re-purposing of their original stories. My personal reaction, when I heard about it? "About time."
By Branko Brkic 30 Sep 2013 07:06
Grab a copy of Things to do in a Dorp - a highly informative and entertaining guide to 150 favourite local small towns.
By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 25 Sep 2013 06:28
There is an important contestation in this country between two kinds of journalism. Gaining ground is the view that we should publish positive news.
By Anton Harber 9 Sep 2013 08:30
NEWSWATCH: South Africa's newspapers are under pressure as sales figures continue to give owners sleepless nights, reports Politicsweb.
By Rod Baker 6 Sep 2013 08:23
NEWSWATCH: Iqbal Survé, Sekunjalo's executive chairman, is reported by IOL to have turned down a bid by the Guptas for a stake in Independent News & Media group. Meanwhile, SA photojournalist Adil Bradlow, released by Egyptian authorities, was due back in SA yesterday morning, reports Mail & Guardian, and The Guardian in the UK takes a look at how the late Sir David Frost made his place in TV history (Video).
By Rod Baker 3 Sep 2013 07:38
He was one of the most popular and prolific writers of our time. He started out writing westerns, then turned his talents to crime fiction.
By James Hurford 23 Aug 2013 06:43
Many great brands have used rich, relevant content to reach out to and build relationships with their customers for years, but content marketing is now more powerful than ever before.
By Diane Charton 16 Aug 2013 08:12
It was no great surprise that the New York Times (NYT) company sold the Boston Globe recently.
By Anton Harber 15 Aug 2013 14:22
So here's a little competition for you - first prize - a mention in the Bizcommunity Hall of Fame. Yes, I know they don't have one yet, but this could mean you'd be the first one in the door...
By Marion Scher 15 Aug 2013 10:03
I do not usually review second-rate books because I see little point. I prefer to encourage writing and reading by focusing on the vast amounts of interesting material on offer.
By Anton Harber 13 Aug 2013 09:40
The Property Magazine and the company that published the large-format glossy magazine, Media Nova, have closed down leaving unhappy staffers and creditors in its wake.
By Glenda Nevill 11 Aug 2013 10:33
In today's time-starved and information-rich world, we need more than a catchy headline and a well-written story to break through the clutter.
By Andre Fourie 7 Aug 2013 09:30
NEWSWATCH: The Citizen has been given a complete make-over and relaunch, reports - who else - The Citizen, and an ANC MP says Icasa is a cancer sufferer, reports Mail & Guardian.
By Rod Baker 1 Aug 2013 06:09
I'm not concerned about the future of newspapers because I foresee a rosy future for the medium.
By Chris Botha 9 Jul 2013 06:57
NEWSWATCH: Makaziwe Mandela had a go at the media recently, calling them 'vultures', so Zakes Nakedi, writing in BD Live, has tried to put a little perspective on the issue. (Video)
By Rod Baker 1 Jul 2013 07:42
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