News making headlines in SA

Let's take a look at Acumen Media's first 2020 news roundup. Well, the holidays are over and school is in. South African children across the country returned to school this week. In sisters-are-doing-it-for-themselves news, Sasha-Lee Olivier has replaced Zozibini Tunzi as Miss South Africa...

15 hours ago

Devi Sankaree Govender moves on from Carte Blanche

Tough-talking investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender will be saying goodbye to M-Net's weekly current affairs show, Carte Blanche in pursuit of other career opportunities. Her final appearance on the show will be on Sunday, 25 January 2020. In addition to its usual news and human...

16 hours ago

WPP combines capabilities of Mindshare, Neo Media World

Adweek reports that WPP has integrated the capabilities of a media agency network, Mindshare, and digital-first global performance agency Neo Media World. Both agencies will retain their identities, branding, client roster and culture, but the move will result in several organisational shifts,...

16 hours ago

You can enter the 2020 Cannes Lions Awards

Entries for the 2020 Cannes Lions Awards are officially open. Several updates have been made to this year's awards including: •The Film Craft Lions - which has been split into two new sections Production and Post-Production and the addition of the new category Colour...

16 hours ago

GoDaddy launches new logo

American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy Inc. recently unveiled its new logo. The new logo is called 'the Go' and is meant to represent 'a joyful reflection of how GoDaddy celebrates everyday entrepreneurs'. Our new logo, the GO, is all about empowering...

16 hours ago

Tabpi's Tabbie Awards is open for entries

The Trade, Association and Business Publications International (Tabpi) has officially opened entries for the 2020 Tabbie Awards. Now in its 17th year, the competition averages 500 submissions annually - and features nominations that come from across the world, including Australia, Canada, China,...

16 hours ago

Digital Lab Africa opens call for applications

Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is calling on creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit applications to participate in the DLA#4 acceleration programme. Applications will close on 1 March 2020. Managed by the South African innovation hub Tshimologong Digital Innovation...

1 day ago

Publicis Group is bringing Razorfish back to life

According to a report by Adweek, Publicis Group is bringing Razorfish's marketing services back to the Publicis Sapient business less than a year after it being retired. Razorfish came to an end when Nigel Vaz became Publicis Sapient's CEO amid a rebranding phase. SapientRazorfish becoming...

2 days ago

IAS agency masterclass moves to GIBS campus

The IAS is moving its agency masterclass to the Gordon Institute of Business Science campus in Illovo, Johannesburg after more than a decade of having it at the Institute of Directors. Founder and CEO of the IAS, Johanna McDowell, spoke on the decision to move, saying: Our masterclass...

2 days ago

Spitfire's Inbound Academy to upskill HubSpot users

Spitfire's newly-launched in-bound academy for HubSpot in South Africa is set to upskill HubSpot users. The academy is focused on assisting new and existing HubSpot users in improving their knowledge and ability and enabling them to apply their knowledge to their business with a clear strategy to...

3 days ago

SADC encourages journos to enter 2020 Media Awards competition

Entries are open for the 2020 SADC (Southern African Development Community) Media Awards competition. These awards serve as part of ensuring a link, coordination and synchronisation between formal structures of SADC governments, civil society, academia, labour and the media. To promote regional...

3 days ago

2020 Cannes Young Lions Academies offers learning opportunities for young creatives

The Cannes Lions Young Lions Academies offers young creatives - under the age of 30 - the opportunity to expand their capabilities. The academies offer practical learning and coaching from industry legends. They also provide classroom sessions with world-class speakers, along with hands-on...

13 Jan 2020

Check out the Standard Bank SME Summit speakers

The Standard Bank SME Summit will be held in Parktown, Johannesburg on 5 March 2020. A list of experts committed to the development of entrepreneurship and SME success - including business growth expert and author of Sweat Scale $ell Pavlo Phitidis - will share their insights at the event. ...

13 Jan 2020

Samkele Maseko's allegation against Kanthan Pillay unsettles Sanef

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said it is troubled by Samkele Maseko's allegation of eNCA's Kanthan Pillay censoring stories in the newsroom. Maseko, a former senior eNCA journalist, claims Pillay was responsible for censoring comments made by Bongani Bongo about public...

6 Jan 2020

Germany honours Red Dot CEO Professor Dr Peter Zec with Federal Cross of Merit

German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, presented the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, Professor Dr Peter Zec, with the Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. This honour stemmed from a proposal by Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia...

20 Dec 2019

British Council, Twyg are looking for 6 storytellers from sub-Saharan Africa

The British Council and Twyg are calling for multimedia storytellers from six countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi, Zambia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The call is open to videographers, photographers, multimedia storytellers and audio artists from those countries. If...

19 Dec 2019

Classic 1027 FM taken out of business rescue

After being placed under voluntary business rescue, Classic 1027 FM has now been taken out of business rescue. The station's rescue came after the business rescue practitioner accepted a bid from The Professional Consortium; this bid allows Classic 1027 FM to deal with its creditors and maintain its...

18 Dec 2019

Greta Thunberg is Time's Person of the Year

Adweek reports that Time has named 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as its Person of the Year for 2019, making her the youngest person to achieve this feat. .@GretaThunberg is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year #TIMEPOY https://t.co/YZ7U6Up76v pic.twitter.com/SWALBfeGl6- TIME (@TIME)...

13 Dec 2019

SA media's top stories for 2019

Acumen Media has released a summary of the biggest stories in South African media in 2019. Let's take a look. January The start of the year was filled with stories of countrywide racist incidents - from Clifton Beach to Laerskool Schweizer Reneke. Woolworths came under fire for plagiarising a...

13 Dec 2019

Facebook releases '2019 Year in Review' for sub-Saharan Africa

Facebook's '2019 Year in Review' looks at some of its investments across sub-Saharan in 2019. During 2019, Facebook Africa: •Trained over 7,000 woman-owned businesses in digital skills across sub-Saharan Africa •Celebrated 79 Community Leadership Circle meet-ups with over 2 ,650...

12 Dec 2019

Instagram unveils 2019's most-popular hashtags in SA

Instagram has released the most-popular hashtags used by South Africans in 2019. They range from general topics like love, fashion and memes to SA-specifics like Mzansi Magic's telenovela, The Queen, and #Iyadilizokumangaza. Check out the top 10 most popular Instagram hashtags in SA:...

12 Dec 2019

One Screen 2020 entries are about to close

Entries for The One Club for Creativity's short film festival, One Screen 2020, are about to close. Interested filmmakers, ad agencies and production houses have until Friday, 13 December 2019 to complete their submissions. There will be no more extensions after the final deadline. So if...

12 Dec 2019

Soft Power designs D&AD New Blood 2020 creative campaign

D&AD has enlisted New Blood alum Hamish Gardner's design studio, Soft Power, to design the New Blood 2020 creative campaign. D&AD New Blood aims to champion, educate and support emerging creative talent to help people gain a foothold in the creative industries. Established by industry great Sir...

12 Dec 2019

Cepa to fall under Sacia umbrella

The Council of Events Professionals Africa (Cepa) will soon join the South African Communications Industries Association (Sacia). The council will be re-formed as a special interest group under the Sacia umbrella. Cepa was established in 2014 as the events industry's professional body to develop...

11 Dec 2019

SABC 3 to air delayed broadcast of Miss World 2019

The Miss World 2019 pageant will air on SABC 3 from 5pm to 8pm on 14 December 2019. It will be a delayed broadcast. Vanessa Ponce of Mexico will crown her successor at the 69th Miss World pageant, which will take place at the ExCeL London in the United Kingdom. Sasha-Lee Olivier will represent...

11 Dec 2019

What's making news in SA?

Let's take a look at Acumen Media's roundup of the week's biggest news stories in South African media. In some worrying news, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was hospitalised this week. According to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation, the Arch is receiving treatment for a stubborn infection,...

6 Dec 2019

Cannes Lions, Accenture Interactive unveil 6 key trend reports

In partnership with Accenture Interactive, Cannes Lions has released six reports that frame festival talking points and winners' trends with wider industry intelligence. Each report is available for download in made-to-edit PowerPoint format, which may be used to share insights, take relevant...

5 Dec 2019

Adweek names Droga5 its Agency of the Decade

Adweek has named David Droga's agency, Droga5, its Agency of the Decade; Droga launched Droga5 in 2006. The agency quickly grew to be a major player, with annual revenue growth from $14m to $200m over the 2010s. The New York-based creative shop that began the decade with 80 staffers packed into...

4 Dec 2019

Jonathan Van Ness first non-female to cover UK Cosmopolitan

Scary Mommy reports that Jonathan Van Ness is on the cover of the latest edition of UK's Cosmopolitan magazine, making him the first non-female to be on the cover. Van Ness is part of the TV series Queer Eye and is an American hairdresser, podcaster and television personality. View this...

3 Dec 2019

Wan-Ifra joins new pilot project for young media professionals

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra) has joined a media-driven project called "Stars4Media". Stars4Media is an exchange programme that will support 100 promising young news media professionals working together around collaborative innovative project-based...

29 Nov 2019

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