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Newspapers ABC Q4 2019: A lacklustre final quarter for newspapers
Newspapers ABC Q4 2019: A lacklustre final quarter for newspapers

The decline in newspaper circulation continued in the last quarter of the Audit Bureau of Circulation of South Africa's results for 2019, with Q4 showing a decline of 4.7% on the previous quarter and 9.1% on the prior year...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Feb 2020

Josephine Buys, CEO of The Publisher Research Council (PRC).
#BizTrends2020: Advocating childhood literacy - today's readers are our future leaders

In his state of the nation speech in 2019, President Ramaphosa pledged to ensure that within the next five years, every 10-year-old child would be able to read for meaning. I applaud this vision, but realise it's not without its challenges and government cannot do this alone...

By Josephine Buys 22 Jan 2020

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The next year 10 years will be critical for traditional media industry's transformation

Surviving the year 2020 will create a new trajectory for the decade ending 2030. However, one's survival will be determined by a myriad of dynamics internal and external of the business environment...

By Rirhandzu Shingwenyana 15 Jan 2020

Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends.
#BizTrends2020: The politics of rage; the quest for middle ground

By the end of 2019, the rising anger around the globe was palpable, as were the divisions that fuelled the rage...

By Dion Chang 6 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future
#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future

In the knowledge economy, every glimpse of the probable future carries monetary value...

By Marian Salzman 6 Jan 2020

New monetisation models for media are needed
New monetisation models for media are needed

Journalists need to be taught how to be entrepreneurs so they can contribute to the survival of the media industry, said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, chairman of the APO Group...

By Louise Burgers 16 Dec 2019

Newspapers ABC Q3 2019: Local gains on prior quarter, as newspaper woes continue
Newspapers ABC Q3 2019: Local gains on prior quarter, as newspaper woes continue

The Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa's (ABC) Quarter 3 results for total newspapers is on-trend, with this quarter showing a decline of 1.9% on the previous quarter. This keeps the declines for all quarters this year under the 2% mark...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Nov 2019

The panel was moderated by Francis Herd. The panellists included Carol Mohlala, Phatiswa Magopeni, Philip Schworbel and Siyabonga Africa. © Goethe-Institut South Africa. Taken by Judit Hoffkamp.
Future of Journalism: Media funding crisis runs deep

Media funding is not only about finance; it is about media freedom. This makes the current problems around funding in journalism a crisis. This was the topic of the second in the Future of Journalism Series held at the Goethe-Institut...

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Sep 2019

All the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism winners. Image supplied.
#SBSJA19: Pure Truth recognised

Last night the newspaper industry gathered to recognise and reward the best journalism in the country at the Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards. The winners lived up to this year's awards theme: Pure Truth...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Sep 2019

All the panellists. Picture © Goethe-Institut South Africa.
Future of Journalism: A sector in crisis

The future of journalism is about the future of democracy, but all over the world journalism is in a crisis - a crisis that threatens not only the journalism sector but democracy itself...

By Danette Breitenbach 30 Aug 2019

#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories
#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories

One of the first Loeries Masterclasses for the day was hosted by Brand SA. Sithembile Ntombela, acting chief marketing officer of Brand SA, opened the floor for speakers stating that the session was about building the South African brand, and how all stakeholders can (and should) be involved...

By Angie White 22 Aug 2019

Image credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash.
The '4 Cs of business writing'? Hogwash.

Local training companies selling business writing workshops all seem to have borrowed their sales pitch from the same place - 1995...

By Tiffany Markman 13 Aug 2019

Newspapers ABC Q2 2019: Newspapers' declining circulation trend continues
Newspapers ABC Q2 2019: Newspapers' declining circulation trend continues

Following the trend set in the Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) Q1 2019 total newspaper circulation in Q2 2019 declined by 1.4% on the previous quarter and by 6.9% on the prior year...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Aug 2019

While print may be dying, traditional journalism is certainly adapting
While print may be dying, traditional journalism is certainly adapting

Rachel Briant, director and head of communications at Without A Doubt agency writes about preserving the old craft and what marketers can do about it...

By Rachel Briant 12 Jul 2019

Newspapers ABC Q1 2019: Marginal declines
Newspapers ABC Q1 2019: Marginal declines

In the first quarter of 2019, the Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa shows a decline for all categories of newspapers on the prior year and the previous quarter, except for the local newspapers category...

By Danette Breitenbach 10 May 2019

The impact of corruption on your media rand
The impact of corruption on your media rand

Chris Botha discusses the effects of corruption on the media and advertising industry...

By Chris Botha 11 Apr 2019

Newspapers ABC Q4 2018: 2018 ends on a low for newspaper industry
Newspapers ABC Q4 2018: 2018 ends on a low for newspaper industry

The Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) last quarter (quarter 4) for 2018 ended on a disappointing note for the newspaper industry, with total newspaper circulation declining 1.6% on the previous quarter...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Convergence, connections and trust
#BizTrends2019: Convergence, connections and trust

Jessica Tennant reports back on Charles Stuart's analysis of the annual 'Entertainment Media Outlook: An African Perspective', specifically with regard to three key trends in the entertainment and media space...

By Jessica Tennant 31 Jan 2019

Styli Charalambous, publisher and CEO at Daily Maverick.
#BizTrends2019: The pivot to reality for news media

After a decade of doom, and silver bullets that mostly fired blanks, the news media seems to be adjusting to its pivot to reality and acknowledging the death of the primarily ad-supported funding model for hard news...

By Styli Charalambous 18 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The revival of print
#BizTrends2019: The revival of print

"Print is dead" they said, "go digital" they said - we've heard the maxim time and time again and resultantly relegated print to the sidelines, we've left it feeling hapless and irrelevant...

By Sam Swaine 14 Jan 2019

Print is dying and radio is next!
Print is dying and radio is next!

Now that was dramatic! OK, maybe I should change the header to "Radio as we know it is dying," says Marino Sigalas from The MediaShop...

By Marino Sigalas 28 Dec 2018

#Newsmaker: Behind the keyboard w/ Mninawa Ntloko, SAB Sports Columnist of the Year
#Newsmaker: Behind the keyboard w/ Mninawa Ntloko, SAB Sports Columnist of the Year

Tiso Blackstar digital sports editor, Mninawa Ntloko, was named Sports Columnist of the Year at the SAB Sports Media Awards last month, for his weekly Business Day column Finding the net...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Dec 2018

Jennifer Thomas is an assistant professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Howard University. © .
The best of times and the worst of times for journalism

Jennifer Thomas, an award-winning, veteran American broadcast journalist, was invited by the United States Embassy (South Africa) to address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of fake news late last month...

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Nov 2018

How blockchain will disrupt the entertainment and media industry
How blockchain will disrupt the entertainment and media industry

Blockchain has the potential to grow into a key capability, helping companies in the entertainment and media industry to keep track of content assets, avoid contractual disputes and establish the certainty and accountability that will foster trust with business partners and customers...

By Paul Mitchell 12 Nov 2018

Newspapers ABC Q3 2018: First decline for total newspaper category
Newspapers ABC Q3 2018: First decline for total newspaper category

The newspaper category suffered its first decline for 2018 in the Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) Quarter 3 2018 newspaper circulation, with a decline in the previous quarter of almost 3%...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Nov 2018

Reading delivers the proven best advertising ROI
Reading delivers the proven best advertising ROI

Reading, i.e. Digital and Print combined, consistently deliver the greatest ROI for every R1 spent than any other medium...

By Peter Langschmidt 5 Nov 2018

#TopBrands2018: Celebrating iconic brands
#TopBrands2018: Celebrating iconic brands

The 20th Sunday Times Top Brands Awards saw iconic South African brand, Koo, awarded the Consumer Overall Favourite Brand Grand Prix. In the business category, another local brand, Discovery Health, was awarded the Business Overall Favourite Brand Grand Prix...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Oct 2018

Does traditional 'offline' media still have a place in the digital online media space?
Does traditional 'offline' media still have a place in the digital online media space?

My career in media started somewhere in the 80's. Needless to say, what we do today in media and what we did 'back in the day' is poles apart, mostly due to media choices being extremely limited...

By Margie Knap 15 Oct 2018

Recession hit your marketing budget? Here's how to do more with less
Recession hit your marketing budget? Here's how to do more with less

Stats SA's recession announcement in early September only served to confirm what we've all known for a long time: The South African economy is struggling. In those circumstances, companies are bound to start looking for places to tighten their belts...

By Shaune Jordaan 25 Sep 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Everything's coming up roses
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Everything's coming up roses

One of the charming oddities of living on a Mediterranean island is that a facet of national identity and indeed islander mentality manifests in how news is reported...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 14 Sep 2018

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