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[Gill Moodie] 2011 was a rocky year for the South African media industry, with the ANC seeming to back off, and then not, on the controversial Secrecy Bill - and with slowing economic growth dampening revenues and newspapers continuing to suffer sustained circulation decline. But there were also high points, let us not forget. [multimedia]
[Odette van der Haar] As human beings, we want to identify the best of the best, and the advertising and communications profession is no different. In truth, however, awards are about more than just separating the cream from the whey.
[Paul Williams] It's silly season once again and I suddenly realised that there are few, if any, Christmas carols which those in the advertising and marketing industries can relate to. So, to all of you involved in this stressful yet wonderful industry and truly wanting to celebrate the joy of Christmas, I present an agency Christmas carol.
[Sipho Hlongwane] The message that South Africa is sending across the continent with a Protection of Information Bill that is severely detrimental to the freedom of information is one of the reasons why the government needs to reconsider the bill. This was according to two leading lights of the CPJ, who were in South Africa on a POIB fact-finding mission and to lobby the ANC to change its stance on the bill.
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[Roshila Jarosz] Both Cleo and Top Billing magazines are set to go to print with their last editions, Bizcommunity.com has confirmed. Meanwhile, Media24 will be launching an "international weekly news and fashion magazine".
[Herman Manson] The advertising and media industries are bracing for stricter government regulation of alcohol advertising. It is an incredibly complex and global issue, so here is a framework to help contextualise what is actually going on.
[Steve Cragg] People - your customers and mine - are using the tools provided by social media to great effect in their purchase decision-making process. While consumers have always shared their opinions on products and services, digital amplifies their ability to communicate these to their peers, and not only friends and family, but also to friends of friends of friends.
[Reana Rossouw] In the first part of this series, I highlighted the identification of material issues and meaningful stakeholder engagement as two cornerstones for good sustainability reporting. In this second and final part, I look at stakeholder engagement as a critical component of King III and conclude with an excellent case study on clothing retailer Gap.
[Reana Rossouw] In the first of a two-part series, I take a look at the essential need for meaningful stakeholder engagement and materiality identification as the cornerstone for a good sustainability or integrated report.
[Anton Crone] Why does the creative industry, which is so determined to find unique insights, often try to do so by sitting in the office? With so little left to chance, advertising is in danger of becoming more formulaic.
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[Herman Manson] BuzzCity is a global mobile advertising network focused on emerging markets. In Africa this Singapore-based company, in which media giant Naspers owns a stake, does substantial business in South Africa (where it also has a sales office), Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. It also sees significant growth in mobile traffic in African markets north of the Sahara.
[Craig Wilson] Global media site and search engine Yahoo launched an South African-specific portal on Tuesday, 6 December 2011. The site aggregates SA news from the likes of the Daily Maverick, AFP, Associated Press and Reuters, and will offer users mailboxes on a .co.za domain.
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[Gill Moodie] It's early days for the pathfinding iMaverick, the country's first-ever iPad-only daily newspaper launched by Daily Maverick founder Branko Brkic in October 2011 (though a pdf version was launched in August). Brkic tells Biz what he and his team have learned in the past few months, what's to come and why he takes criticism that iMaverick might be too long as a compliment.