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SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

On a recent visit here, The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger spoke of the concept of "open journalism"...

By Anton Harber 25 Jul 2014 06:25

Actually, Hlaudi is the right man for the job...

Hlaudi Motsoeneng is absolutely the ideal man for the job as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the SABC.

By Chris Moerdyk 24 Jul 2014 05:31

17 things that will make your brand loved, now!

I am constantly asked what makes a brand loved and in today's fast-moving world of inter-connectedness it is essential to have a framework of key points to work from...

By Dawn Rowlands 2 Jul 2014 13:03

Quality journalism - alive, dead, or dying?

I was once asked by a media organisation to run six-month journalism courses, after which I was informed the 'graduates' would be able to call themselves journalists...

By Marion Scher 26 Jun 2014 06:36

[Cannes Lions 2014] SA's Kirk Gainsford on Film category entries

South African Kirk Gainsford, Executive Creative Director of Lowe Cape Town, was a Film Jury member at Cannes Lions 2014. We asked him couple of questions about this category. (video)

By Hando Sinisalu 24 Jun 2014 16:47

Dear Journo...

This letter has been a long time coming...

By Lucinda Boddy 19 Jun 2014 06:54

Apex... Beeping fantastic!

The FNB Switch campaign (Beating the beep out of beep bank) from First National Bank and DDB South Africa won an APEX Gold and Grand Prix at the APEX Awards last night.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Jun 2014 10:47

[IMCC] Addressing the 'marketing messaging mess'

One of the first speakers at this year's IMC Conference in Cape Town was Gary Leih, founding director and CEO of OFYT. Leih took attendees through the history of integration in marketing and lessons the industry can learn from the past.

By Sindy Peters 10 Jun 2014 12:15

Commercialising the YouTube experience

YouTube's first-ever video upload was of Jawed Karim (the site's co-founder) looking a little awkward during a trip to the zoo. Since then, we've seen a host of other shareworthy content... (video)

By Mike Silver 2 Jun 2014 05:28

The master of his plate

Former IT specialist Deena Naidoo chats about his experiences since winning the first season of MasterChef SA.

By Eugene Yiga 28 May 2014 10:49

Buckle up for the media ride of your life!

The next TV tsunami is on its way. We know that the implementation of digital terrestrial television will significantly change the landscape of television in South Africa in many ways.

By Harry Herber 24 May 2014 08:29

Fact checking may check debate

I recently stumbled across what turned out to be one of the funniest books I have read about journalism...

By Anton Harber 23 May 2014 06:15

Here's something to make your blood run cold

Television advertisers, who know how we hate interruption advertising, and that we head for the loo, turn on the kettle; or simply PVR past the ads; now have a new strategy - they can 'push' the ad content to your mobile phone during ad breaks!

By Peter Mann 16 May 2014 05:54

Objectivity of media is not about which side it is on

In the 1994 elections, only one newspaper called on voters explicitly to support the African National Congress (ANC). It is a startling reminder of how the structures of the apartheid media industry carried into the new era.

By Anton Harber 16 May 2014 05:31

Looting in the name of Mandela - what would Terry have said?

The Sunday Times recently broke a story alleging that millions of rands intended for honouring the memory and legacy of Nelson Mandela was diverted to ANC members.

By Ed Herbst 15 May 2014 05:51

SABC is key weapon in ANC's arsenal

Elections present us with the various parties' competing narratives: different views of the past, present and future vying for the attention of voters.

By Anton Harber 9 May 2014 06:02

Are you addicted to the news?

"We have a right to know!" That was the basic argument against the Secrecy Bill. But what exactly does this mean?

By Eugene Yiga 6 May 2014 06:53

Interview with BBC's Chris Davies

BBC Global News' Director of Sales & Marketing, Chris Davies, shares some information about the BBC's new shows and campaigns it's running in South Africa, and also how social media is a driving force in breaking news today.

By Beverley Klein 5 May 2014 10:20

Do we have the will to defend our freedom?

Exactly 20 years after we achieved media freedom, an opposition advertisement was banished from the national broadcaster because it showed pictures of police shooting protesters. So just as we were celebrating our freedom, it was eroded.

By Anton Harber 5 May 2014 06:49

Pistorius trial tells us a lot about our society

We have seen one style of cross-examination at the Oscar Pistorius trial: the pit-bull approach. It is tough and brutal...

By Anton Harber 25 Apr 2014 07:45

Brand South Africa launches 20 Years of Freedom campaign

Brand South Africa launched its 20 Years of Freedom campaign at an event yesterday that hosted media and stakeholders at its offices in Houghton, Johannesburg.

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Apr 2014 05:51

SABC shows ANC colours in run-up to elections

One would expect a public broadcaster to bend over backwards to show its neutrality at a time such as this. Well, not the SABC...

By Anton Harber 22 Apr 2014 08:10

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

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

Digital TV chaos shows government lack of interest

A journalist has to take obscure matters and turn them into engaging and understandable stories, showing people why they should care about them. Sometimes it seems impossible.

By Anton Harber 21 Mar 2014 00:00

Operation Kindle and the ASA

'We should never allow expedience to triumph over our history and our values...' - Trevor Manuel

By Ed Herbst 19 Mar 2014 07:00

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

TV for free forever, for real

We've recently seen the official launch of OpenView HD, the country's first HD satellite television platform that carries no subscription fees.

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2014 08:51

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

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

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