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The science of baking
The science of baking

The act of buying a new brand is not revolutionary. It is not a huge event in people's lives. It is not the road to Damascus. It is more akin to a little nudge, give it a go type of thing...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Nov 2015

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[TrendTalk] Amazon's new 'billboard' book store

Amazon just opened its first book store in Seattle stocked with books at the same discounted price as on its website. Is this a new disruption for the book publishing industry or just a giant interactive billboard for Amazon..?

By Louise Marsland 6 Nov 2015

[NewsMaker] Lesley Waterkeyn
[NewsMaker] Lesley Waterkeyn

Lesley Waterkeyn is the founder of Colourworks marketing agency. She has launched 'Over the Rainbow', a social enterprise aimed at empowering new South African entrepreneurs, with education specialist Sandy van Dyk...

By Louise Marsland 7 Oct 2015

Building data journalism products with users in mind
Building data journalism products with users in mind

It's a truism, albeit an often neglected one, that journalists should write stories for particular, defined audiences, not for themselves, their peers or some fondly cherished but imaginary ideal reader...

By Chris Roper 4 Aug 2015

Find bright new ways to connect to readers
Find bright new ways to connect to readers

News reporting followed a tight style and format for decades, largely driven by technology and deadlines. We call it the inverted pyramid: the most important information should be at the top of a report and the material that can most easily be cut out sits at the bottom...

By Anton Harber 31 Jul 2015

Great marketing advice for people too scared to start their own business
Great marketing advice for people too scared to start their own business

At last I have found a marketing book written specifically for would-be entrepreneurs and all those people who really want to start their own businesses but are just too terrified to take the plunge.

By Chris Moerdyk 22 Jul 2015

[NewsMaker] Deshnee Subramany
[NewsMaker] Deshnee Subramany

With the launch of Kagiso Digital's NOW.co.za online news portal aimed predominantly at the millennial generation, Deshnee Subramany has been appointed editor of NOW...

By Louise Marsland 22 Apr 2015

Latest from the research front
Latest from the research front

The latest release of the All Media and Products Survey (AMPS), released today by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), shows overall stability of the media...

By Chris Brewer 2 Apr 2015

Road Tripping Namibia
Road Tripping Namibia

Road Tripping Namibia, by Fiona McIntosh, Shaen Adey, Willie Olivier, Ron Swilling, Katy Sharpe and Nick Buys, will open your eyes to Namibia...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 18 Mar 2015

Cape-based companies and individuals have a well-established record of giving generously - wherever the fire occurs. (Image: Public Domain)
Why newspapers and magazines are giving print a bad name

Print is by no means dead. Far from it. The growing perception that it is dying falls squarely on those newspapers and magazines that seem to have some kind of death wish...

By Chris Moerdyk 13 Mar 2015

Book Review: Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names
Book Review: Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names, by Ann Gadd, and reviewed by Motoring Editor Henrie Geyser, takes you from Baardskeerdersbos to Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein - and all points between...

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 18 Feb 2015

Aerodrome launches limited edition journal
Aerodrome launches limited edition journal

On Saturday, 20 September, many of Cape Town's bibliophiles spent a cloudless spring day at the city's annual Open Book Festival. But a number of them also came to Warren Editions, a professional printing studio, for the launch of Aerodrome's inaugural journal.

By Eugene Yiga 13 Oct 2014

Tracy Gilpin
You're never too old to spy

South Africa boasts two Nobel Prize winning authors but has never produced a John le Carre or Ian Fleming. Strange, when the success of South African intelligence operations have, from time to time, been the envy of intelligence agencies the world over.

By Tracy Gilpin 1 Oct 2014

Sandra Roberts
The one trick that hones your writing in seven ways

Q: What is the fastest way to improve my writing? A: Get another writer to be your critic. It's that simple.

By Sandra Roberts 25 Sep 2014

Why I'm #TeamOxfordComma
Why I'm #TeamOxfordComma

"Who gives a f*&% about an Oxford comma?" asks indie pop band Vampire Weekend in their hit song, "Oxford Comma". Quite a few people, it seems. This was evident a few years back when news broke that the University of...

By Leigh Crymble 19 Sep 2014

Road tripper's guide to farm stalls
Road tripper's guide to farm stalls

There are hundreds of farm stalls all over the country, some loved and easy to find and other gems lesser known. Well, here's a guide to help you find them.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 29 Aug 2014

Home sweet Hemelhuijs
Home sweet Hemelhuijs

Ever since it opened back in October 2010, Hemelhuijs has been a restaurant of many faces. Now, as the seasons change, artist and chef Jacques Erasmus has transformed the Cape Town eatery (a finalist for Eat Out's Boschendal Style Award) once again.

By Eugene Yiga 28 Aug 2014

[NewsMaker] Evans Manyonga
[NewsMaker] Evans Manyonga

There's a new editor in town to take note of as he'll be heading up one of the most important business magazines in the world here in South Africa the launch of Fast Company South Africa...

By Louise Marsland 20 Aug 2014

Marion Scher
Can magazines survive?

Looking at hard-copy magazine sales today is depressing and even more so when we see magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine South Africa edition and many others over the the last few years falling away...

By Marion Scher 5 Aug 2014

Pierre Cassuto
From broadcaster to coffee shop - the new role of the digital publisher

Many marketers still think about advertising in digital media in the same way as they thought about placing ads in traditional media...

By Pierre Cassuto 28 Jul 2014

Pierre Cassuto
Time to lay these digital publishing myths to rest

Digital publishing and advertising is a sophisticated, high-tech industry where we have an array of statistics and metrics at our fingertips...

By Pierre Cassuto 21 Jul 2014

New trends reshaping the digital news business
New trends reshaping the digital news business

Today's most successful digital publishers are those that build their businesses around their readers first, which in turn helps them to build quality audiences that they can sell to their advertisers.

By Pierre Cassuto 15 Jul 2014

How to sell out your book in two months flat
How to sell out your book in two months flat

As a new author, I had no understanding of what went into making books successful and, essentially, I waited for the publishers to tell me what to do. They didn't... (video)

By Douglas Kruger 11 Jul 2014

[NewsMaker] Robbie Stammers
[NewsMaker] Robbie Stammers

It's always extremely exciting to greet a new magazine launch, particularly in print... Robbie Stammers has announced he is bringing America's 'Magazine of the Year' to SA.

By Louise Marsland 8 Jul 2014

'Banting' is the new balanced diet
'Banting' is the new balanced diet

Something you should know about me is that I don't diet, ever. When I think 'diet', I think 'be sad and eat your lettuce'. So I like to refer to my eating plan as a balanced diet that includes everything, in moderation.

By Jessica Taylor 23 Jun 2014

Why retrenched journalists are jumping ship to website copywriting services
Why retrenched journalists are jumping ship to website copywriting services

The brand publishing industry is growing at a breakneck pace, and many retrenched journalists are turning their hand to website copywriting services as a result

By Graeme Wilson 23 May 2014

Marion Scher
How to turn away online business

Recently I've been researching effective content writing, which naturally led me to go online and look at various sectors - not just at their websites but also importantly, their mobi sites. Interesting reading...

By Marion Scher 23 May 2014

Own your industry: Top five tips from new book
Own your industry: Top five tips from new book

Own Your Industry - How to Position Yourself as an Expert, by Douglas Kruger, is claimed to be the first book published on our continent on the topic of becoming an industry expert by design. It launched in SA this April, and will be available as an e-book by May. (video)

By Douglas Kruger 16 Apr 2014

Anton Harber
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

Marion Scher
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

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