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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 08:28

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

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

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

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

A different picture on publishing, marketing

When a former magazine publisher turns his hand to creating bespoke customer-orientated media, you can expect it will be rich in visual content.

By Brian Berkman 26 Feb 2014 07:20

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

A 51.4 second curated content read on content curation

One of the tactics that us content marketers can use for our own or our client blogs is curation.

By Travis Bussiahn 21 Feb 2014 10:21

Online publishing - A bad impression

For years, online publishers have priced their advertising inventory by thousands of impressions (CPM) and provided CPM as the major metric their advertisers can use to benchmark digital advertising campaigns.

By Pierre Cassuto 19 Feb 2014 15:01

Warrant of arrest for Media Nova's Vaughan

The Master of the High Court in Cape Town has authorised a warrant for the arrest of Anthony (Tony) Vaughan, director of Media Nova and various other publishing companies.

By Glenda Nevill 19 Feb 2014 10:05

Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014 05:23

The disturbing silence of the FXI lambs

'MMA has viewed the headline news bulletins from SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 and can confirm that no mention of the booing incident was made in any of the bulletins.'

By Ed Herbst 4 Feb 2014 15:46

Whitfield takes 'early retirement'

NEWSWATCH: Independent Newspaper's group executive Chris Whitfield has taken early retirement but will not give further details yet, reports Mail & Guardian.

By Rod Baker 7 Jan 2014 08:58

His Master's Voice wins "Nkandla Fire Pool" Media Statement of the Year Award

Isn't it about time we created an annual journalism award that will recognise, praise and honour in perpetuity the year's most outrageous Comical Ali statement in a media context?

By Ed Herbst 6 Jan 2014 10:17

Challenges faced by online publishers in South Africa

Recent industry reports clearly show that online media platforms are growing rapidly more than traditional ones, but yet are not being taken seriously by advertisers and media buying agencies.

By Paul Scott 19 Dec 2013 10:17

Content marketing: Get a head (of content)

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: The best of the best

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

A "best-seller" brand

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

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

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

Native advertising vs Native content?

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

The emperor's new paywall

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

Caxton buys RamsayMedia

NEWSWATCH: BDlive reports that the family that owns RamsayMedia has sold its remaining stake to Caxton.

By Rod Baker 5 Nov 2013 09:04

A golden age of investigative reporting, then and now

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

Cardoso, courageous embodiment of patriotic journalism honoured

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

Snowden journalist may soon miss his newspaper

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

PDMSA's media data hard to find

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

Don't confuse aggregation and plagiarism

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

Five ways technology is changing the face of journalism

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

There's more to newspaper financial reports than you might think...

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