What's next for our old friend the newspaper?
What's next for our old friend the newspaper?

Newspaper circulations have been dwindling for years, but Covid-19 has exacerbated a shocking and sharp decline that I doubt many will recover from...

By Marino Sigalas 24 Feb 2021

Newspapers ABC Q4 2020: Lacklastre quarter for newspapers
Newspapers ABC Q4 2020: Lacklastre quarter for newspapers

A lacklustre quarter that was once again dominated by no submissions, no issues and terminations. The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) Q4, for the period October to December 2020, did not have much to celebrate...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Feb 2021

#BizTrends 2021: Not all news is trusted news
#BizTrends 2021: Not all news is trusted news

Last year I predicted that "at the dawn of this new decade it is clear that traditional print publishing as we know it will never return to the glory days of record-breaking advertising revenue and circulation."...

By Josephine Buys 29 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: The impact of the media evolution on PR and communication
#BizTrends2021: The impact of the media evolution on PR and communication

Francois van Dyk, head of operations at brand intelligence research company Ornico, tells us what he thinks communicators need to keep in mind for the coming year...

By Francois van Dyk 6 Jan 2021

Newspapers ABC Q3 2020: Newspapers data submission rate up
Newspapers ABC Q3 2020: Newspapers data submission rate up

As with Q2 of this year, the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) Q3, for the period July to September 2020, saw many publications not submitting circulation data...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Nov 2020

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Navigating the evolving media mindscape

Like so many sections of society, the media landscape has changed in the last six months. Kim Polley, managing partner at Instinctif Partners, reflects on what it means for companies, and the communications professionals working to engage journalists on their behalf...

By Kim Polley 29 Sep 2020

Newspapers ABC Q2 2020: Newspapers reflect the 'new normal'
Newspapers ABC Q2 2020: Newspapers reflect the 'new normal'

The second quarter of 2020, the period April to June 2020, has mirrored the chaos caused by Covid-19 on the newspaper industry. As a result, only a third of publications submitted circulation data to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC)...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Aug 2020

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Stop spreading the news

Kim Furman, Synthesis marketing manager writes that fake news might be an old-world problem but there are new world solutions to tackle it...

By Kim Furman 11 Aug 2020

BREAKING: Daily Maverick launches weekly print newspaper, exclusive interview with Styli Charalambous
BREAKING: Daily Maverick launches weekly print newspaper, exclusive interview with Styli Charalambous

WATCH: Daily Maverick has just announced that it's launching a weekly newspaper, yes, in 2020, in the middle of a pandemic and the greatest calamity to ever hit the global print media. In our exclusive video interview, publisher and CEO Styli Charalambous tells us the rationale behind their decision to foray back to the future, as they've dubbed the project...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Aug 2020

Chris Moerdyk
Covid-19 boosts trust in traditional mass media

The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated very clearly the importance and reliability of traditional mass media while at the same time showing up the flaws and dangers of online social platforms...

By Chris Moerdyk 21 Jul 2020

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Communications, media and technology sector - 5 steps to survive the pandemic

Rob van Dale, CMT and digital partner at global management consultancy Kearney talks to five moves that can help traditional media companies survive these challenging times and help to better position themselves for the future...

By Rob van Dale 7 Jul 2020

A cultural watershed moment in the media
A cultural watershed moment in the media

Consumers are migrating from traditional media as we know it to new age media because of the vast differences in approaches taken by the two mediums. There is an obvious shift in consumer behaviour and a growing hunger for in-depth and meaningful discussions...

By Lwazi Piti 6 Jul 2020

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The show must go on: How to protect media content

The threat landscape in the media industry is growing exponentially, similar to other industries, which is why a zero-threat approach to security is essential. Paul Beattie, sales director of media and technology at BT, shares his insights...

By Paul Beattie 18 Jun 2020

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"Breaking news" is breaking the news

Audiences are tuning out of the news. Not because there is a lack of interest, but rather because they simply "just can't" anymore, writes Dustin Chick - managing partner of Razor, a part of the M&C Saatchi Group...

By Dustin Chick 6 May 2020

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South Africa ranks 2nd as country with most reliable Covid-19 news

As we all try to make sense of the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic, the prevalence of fake news has come under the spotlight more than ever before...

By Leigh Crymble 14 Apr 2020

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#FairnessFirst: The media industry needs your support

The global pandemic has certainly shifted business as usual, with increased pressure on media organisations to provide a trusted and reputable source of information while having to get creative in cutting costs and selling to advertisers...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Apr 2020

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The short to medium-term impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the SA media environment

Chris Botha from Park Advertising Group has compiled 25 points that he believes will impact media habits over the next few weeks and months...

By Chris Botha 18 Mar 2020

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

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#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

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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

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#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

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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

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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

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