NEWSWATCH: The ANC insists Thuli Madonsela leaked the provisional Nkandla report to the media, reports Mail & Guardian. She insists she didn't.
By Rod Baker 5 Dec 2013 09:08
NEWSWATCH: Police apparently fear that reporters with machine guns hidden in their cameras could pose a risk to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, reports Times Live, and Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says he has received the PP's report on the SABC, reports IOL.
By Rod Baker 26 Nov 2013 09:19
NEWSWATCH: And the SABC is back in the news... This time thanks to a 'damning' provisional report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on the abuse of power and maladministration by senior executives and former board members of the SABC, reports City Press. And Sanef has a word of advice for journalists who go into politics.
By Rod Baker 25 Nov 2013 07:43
NEWSWATCH: Safa has rejected anything to do with a sponsorship of Bafana Bafana by an adult dating site, reports goal.com. It's claimed bad financial management sank Goldfields newspaper Gold-Net, reports IOL, and TechCentral reports the Internet Service Providers' Association reckons Telkom's transit fee is 'legally illogical'.
By Rod Baker 20 Nov 2013 09:21
On 14 November 2013, the Artscape in Cape Town played host to the annual Bookmarks Awards. The awards showcase digital talent in South Africa and celebrate great work within the industry. (video)
By Warren Harding 18 Nov 2013 12:26
NEWSWATCH: First they couldn't, now they can - the media that is... can cover Julius Malema's trial on multiple charges, reports news24. BDLive reports the owner of Goldfields newspaper is to testify against Media24, and Google and Microsoft have agreed to measures to block images of child abuse, reports the BBC.
By Rod Baker 18 Nov 2013 11:39
The Bookmarks Awards, honouring the most measurable and meaningful creative work in the digital land was held at the Artscape theatre in Cape Town last night 14 November 2013.
By Terry Levin 15 Nov 2013 10:09
South Africa is fortunate to have courageous women journalists. From Helen Zille, who revealed the truth behind Steve Biko's death, to present-day Carmel Rickard, Mandy Wiener, Phylicia Oppelt, Ferial Haffajee, Angela Quintal and Alide Dasnois...
By Ed Herbst 15 Nov 2013 07:52
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
As a consequence of the accuracy of my predictions for the past year, I have once again been instructed to do likewise for the year 2014. And at the same time, formally launch the 2013/14 media industry silly season.
By Chris Moerdyk 12 Nov 2013 12:41
NEWSWATCH: Noluthando Gosa, who has resigned twice from the board previously, has made it a hat-trick, reports Mail & Guardian, and EWN reports the ANC is taking City Press to the ombudsman over one of the newspaper's reports.
By Rod Baker 12 Nov 2013 06:27
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: Mail & Guardian reports the South African Police Service has threatened Independent Newspapers because it wants the group to 'hand over material related to intercepted calls involving national police commissioner Riah Phiyega'. On the media front, Gill Moodie reports on Grubstreet that Caxtons is buying RamsayMedia.
By Rod Baker 4 Nov 2013 08:10
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
NEWSWATCH: FXI is concerned at the outrage over a recent Zapiro cartoon depicting the Hindu god of success, Lord Ganesh, reports news24, while the Sunday Times has defended the cartoon, reports Mail & Guardian.
By Rod Baker 30 Oct 2013 07:01
It's already firmly in the air - election fever. So what's new? Not much, there will still be the usual rhetoric, with politicians visiting downtrodden communities, giving out food, t-shirts, and promises of a better life for all.
By Marion Scher 30 Oct 2013 06:17
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
NEWSWATCH: MetropolitanRepublic is reported as feeling 'aggrieved' on being stripped of all of its Loeries awards following its Loeries MTN debacle, reports IOL, and companies such as Woolies should be careful when dealing with small suppliers, reports EWN.
By Rod Baker 22 Oct 2013 06:37
As Friday's aircraft to Brazil rolled down the runway at OR Tambo International Airport with most of South Africa's investigative reporters on board, I wondered what would happen to our journalism if it went down...
By Anton Harber 21 Oct 2013 09:31
Using words to soothe or shout isn't always that easy, because the receiver can't hear you. But in front of an audience, be it a presentation, press conference or a televised interview, your voice and face says it all.
By Marion Scher 16 Oct 2013 07:05
Hidden in the Times Media Group's recent financial statements was a decision to withdraw from the South Africa Press Association (Sapa).
By Anton Harber 15 Oct 2013 08:26
The 18th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards is taking place tomorrow night, 12 October 2013 at the CTICC where finalists will be recognised for their excellent journalism across the continent.
By Ilse van den Berg 11 Oct 2013 13:40
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
NEWSWATCH: ENCA (and Mail & Guardian - on the receiving end) report the Guptas are suing M&G and Sunday Times for R500m; meanwhile, a senior air force officer (suspended), says Zuma was involved in Guptagate, reports Mail & Guardian.
By Rod Baker 3 Oct 2013 11:12
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
NEWSWATCH: IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini says the fight against some clauses in the Protection of State Information Bill is SA's first real exercise in democracy, reports IOL. Meanwhile, Yunus Carrim will be in the hot seat over the SABC/MultiChoice deal, reports AllAfrica, e.tv has slammed the same deal, reports BusinessTech, and EWN reports on where some of our SABC licence fees have gone.
By Rod Baker 30 Sep 2013 07:16
A South African advertisement for Flora margarine recently caused a bit of a stir both here and abroad, raising some interesting questions about what constitutes offence.
By Justin McCarthy 27 Sep 2013 13:30
I received an email this morning from a colleague who, some would think quite cheekily, asked me for my press listing for a particular industry...
By Marion Scher 27 Sep 2013 06:03
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