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#Newsmaker: Tiso Blackstar's Lisa MacLeod, first-ever female VP of Wan-Ifra
#Newsmaker: Tiso Blackstar's Lisa MacLeod, first-ever female VP of Wan-Ifra

Lisa MacLeod, head of digital at Tiso Blackstar Group was recently elected VP of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra)...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Jun 2018

Bongani Chinkanda
Marketing to the next generation at the speed of culture

Bongani Chinkanda, CEO of HDI Youth Marketeers, the agency that conducts the research for the Sunday Times Generation Next study, released last week, provided an overview at the conference, which took place on Thursday, 14 June at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cornucopia of competition
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cornucopia of competition

Malta's media landscape is surreal - a cornucopia of competition completely disproportionate to the archipelago's 460,000 population size...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 18 May 2018

#Newsmaker: Lukanyo Mnyanda returns to Business Day
#Newsmaker: Lukanyo Mnyanda returns to Business Day

Lukanyo Mnyanda recently returned to South Africa from Bloomberg in Edinburgh to join Business Day (where he worked as economics editor after graduating) this time as editor, succeeding Tim Cohen...

By Jessica Tennant 10 May 2018

Newspapers ABC Q1 2018: Some positives for press
Newspapers ABC Q1 2018: Some positives for press

Despite a decline of 4.4 % on the prior year, the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) total newspaper circulation increased by 0.8% on the previous quarter, bucking the prior quarter's trend of overall declines...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 May 2018

Nando's and Sunday Times partner to #rightmyname on Human Rights Day
Nando's and Sunday Times partner to #rightmyname on Human Rights Day

Earlier this month Nando's announced that the brand had partnered exclusively with Sunday Times to promote its recent #rightmyname campaign...

By Juanita Pienaar 20 Mar 2018

#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers
#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers

Marc du Plessis, joint CEO of Spark Media and head of the Publisher Council of the IAB, gave a keynote address at Future Ad Africa in Johannesburg yesterday on the subject of brand safety, trust and supporting the independent press...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Mar 2018

Newspapers ABC Q4 2017: Losses across the board
Newspapers ABC Q4 2017: Losses across the board

In the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) 4th quarter 2017 release, Press saw a 2.1% decline over Q3, and 5.1% decline over the prior year...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Feb 2018

Brent Spilkin and Vega introduce WTF, new course for freelancers
Brent Spilkin and Vega introduce WTF, new course for freelancers

South Africans are three times more likely to freelance than their global counterparts, but the freelance movement is not a millennial movement, says Brent Spilkin, also known as 'Spillly', author of What the Freelance...

By Jessica Tennant 13 Feb 2018

Eyewitness News reporter Gia Nicolaides.
#BizTrends2018: Information overload - finding the 'right' kind of news

If you heard the news today, it's because you chose to. It doesn't mean that you and I have consumed the same news and even if we have, the information and our level of engagement may be different...

By Gia Nicolaides 8 Jan 2018

ABC Q3 2017 results continue declining trend
ABC Q3 2017 results continue declining trend

The Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) third quarter results released this morning show the continuation of the declining trend seen in Q1 and Q2 of this year, both in the press and magazine categories...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Nov 2017

Pavel Timofeev © –
Innuendo and the power of the pen

Very sad that Tiso Blackstar is about to close The Times because it remains unprofitable.

By Chris Brewer 6 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Buitendach, Singiswa win Sikuvile Journalism Award for presentation of Financial Mail covers
#Newsmaker: Buitendach, Singiswa win Sikuvile Journalism Award for presentation of Financial Mail covers

Sarah Buitendach and Vuyo Singiswa of Tiso Blackstar Group recently won a Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award in the Presentation category for the 2016 Financial Mail covers they worked on together...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Oct 2017

All the winners of the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2017.
Sikuvile Awards 2017: Recognising the soldiers of the truth

The Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalist of the Year 2017, City Press' Sipho Masondo, says he received death threats as well as bribes when he was working on the story that earned him the Award...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Oct 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three

In the final chapter of this three-part series on media monitoring, ROI Africa's Tonya Khoury shares insight into some of the biggest campaigns she's witnessed as well as some of the trends emerging in PR...

By Angie White 4 Oct 2017

#Newsmaker: Brenwin Naidu on the Sunday Times' latest addition
#Newsmaker: Brenwin Naidu on the Sunday Times' latest addition

Tiso Blackstar Group's automotive standalone supplement, Sunday Times Motoring is going to be inserted into the Sunday Times Lifestyle magazine section, as Lifestyle Motoring...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Sep 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part two
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part two

In part two of this three-part series based on the media monitoring industry, ROI Africa's Tonya Khoury explains the algorithms she uses, live sentiment tracking and big content...

By Angie White 21 Sep 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one

In this three-part series, I chat to ROI Africa MD Tonya Khoury about the ins and outs of media monitoring, how AVE fits into it all (and if it should), the need for regulation in the industry, and what this all means for Bizcommunity...

By Angie White 15 Sep 2017

Olena Kachmar ©
What on-site freelancers bring to the party

Freelancers might not be part of the family, but like well-paid mercenaries they'll keep their heads down to deliver work of the highest standard to ensure they're called back to freelance another (half) day...

By JS Smit 7 Sep 2017

IRStone © –
Is print media about to curl up its toes and die?

The Audit Bureau of Circulations recently reported that, overall, consumer magazine circulations grew over the past year by just under 3%, which isn't too bad considering that they fell 11.7% in the 4th quarter of 2016 from the same period in 2015...

By Chris Brewer 14 Aug 2017

Significant losses for some in Q2 ABC
Significant losses for some in Q2 ABC

The ABC figures for Q2 released this morning contained few surprises with press and magazines declining over Q1 and over the prior year...

By Danette Breitenbach 10 Aug 2017

Print could help build the credibility of SA's e-commerce giants
Print could help build the credibility of SA's e-commerce giants

There's a growing opportunity for South African digital businesses to harness the power of print to build their credibility, says Vaughan Patterson...

By Vaughan Patterson 4 Aug 2017

#Newsmaker: Laura du Preez Moneytizes Tiso Blackstar Group's publishing game
#Newsmaker: Laura du Preez Moneytizes Tiso Blackstar Group's publishing game

The Sunday Times recently launched Money - a new personal finance section which appears every weekend in the Business Times - which is edited by Laura du Preez, who joined the Tiso Blackstar Group in May this year...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Jul 2017

Federico Rostagno © –
ABC Q1 2017: A mixed bag

The first quarter 2017 Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa's ABC figures released this morning show the trend of the decline in newspaper and magazine sales continues...

By Danette Breitenbach 10 May 2017

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A glimpse into the online newsroom

On day two of the National Prisa Conference, journalist, media consultant and trainer Marion Scher shared insights on managing news in digital media, how this has changed and stayed the same, and the relationship between public relations (PR) and the media in this regard...

By Jessica Tennant 8 May 2017

Rene van den Berg © –
In 10 years, magazine sales have halved

What does this mean? Well, lots of things, but it's certainly not the catastrophe many would have you believe...

By Chris Brewer 24 Apr 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
Making the case for print marketing in a digital landscape

When you study the numbers and really attempt to understand what makes print such an effective medium, it quickly becomes obvious that businesses should make room for print in their marketing mixes...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Apr 2017

Fei Wong © –
Real-time advertising can catapult newspapers to greater revenues

Publications can improve advertising revenues if they take advantage of real-time print adverts and that will help not only their ailing fortunes but the ailing fortunes of publishing printers, too...

By Vaughan Patterson 18 Apr 2017

Yegor Larin © –
ABC: Members up but print down

The ABC 4th Quarter 2016 results, released via webinar for the first time, show that the total number of products and titles reported on for the ABC 4th quarter 2016 has increased to 982 from 854 in 2015...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Feb 2017

Do you trust the news? Image credit: Studiostoks © –
What is happening to Western democracy, and is it all the media's fault?

It is a massive understatement to say that it is an interesting time for Western democracy...

By Jim Egan 12 Jan 2017

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