Category Archives: Interviews & press

10 questions for new Google SA head: Stephen Newton

New Google SA Head Stephen Newton (Credit: FM Tech). Stephen Newton is the country’s new Google head. He’s an American who has been living in the UK. He’s now based in Johannesburg, heading up the local Google office. He studied as a lawyer, has previously been the GM of Hitwise UK, a Vice President at […]

Talking internet, incubators and social media with Ruben Goldberg

Ruben Goldberg, former 5fm presenter, is a classic guy. He’s always been a classic guy, but he’s now hosting a new internet show on Classic FM, called “The internet economy”. It’s worth a listen, online via the podcast or the classic way, on your wireless. Former 5FM Station Manager Nick Grubb is now the head […]

Online media strategies & the future of print: Interview with Mags magazine

Did this interview Gareth Richards from Mags Magazine on online media… 1 Can you give me your views on how important your online presence is to the newspaper? Has it grown more quickly/slowly than the paper version? At the Mail & Guardian we are in the fortunate position where both our newspaper and website are […]

The future of the mobile internet: An interview with Arthur Goldstuck

I had breakfast with internet guru Arthur Goldstuck this morning and, together with Avusa’s Colin Daniels, we got into a fascinating debate about the future of the mobile web and internet. Eventually calls will be over the internet as opposed to the traditional cellular networks, and perhaps we may even see the end of the […]

My probing interview with nomad-one.com

Local blogger and web designer, Nur Ahmad Furlong, did this interview with me for his “Web Guru” series. Me a guru??? Well, I’m honoured :-P… but I can think of many gurus on the local web before me. I know Nur from my early days at iafrica.com about eight years ago. It was an intensive […]

Wikipedia: It's impossible, but works

Did this interview with Intelligence Magazine on Wikipedia… If you want to see the full interview buy the magazine… Intelligence Mag: How valuable do you consider Wikipedia as a reference source? Me: I think Wikipedia is a valuable reference source, but that readers should be on guard when they use Wikipedia material. I would use […]

Talking about Amatomu.com on SABC

Vincent Maher, our resident M&G Online strategist, will be talking about the country’s first blog aggregator Amatomu.com and the local blogosphere in general on SABC3 at around 3pm this afternoon (Monday). Check it out and blog it!! He denies it, but Vincent got a new haircut today especially for the show. He now looks one […]

Editors Weblog on M&G Online

I see the well-read editor’s weblog has published an interview they did with me on the Mail & Guardian Online, here. It’s probably in anticipation for the upcoming World Association of Newspapers conference that will soon be happening in Cape Town. It’s quite a major event — Thabo Mbeki will speak at it I believe. […]

Print vs Online: Interview with Marketing Mix

Just did this interview with Marketing Mix on the (yawn) print vs online debate…

What is your opinion on the general attitude of the newspaper industry towards the merging of online and print?

How far is SA behind (in general) when it comes to combining online and print?

What ‘cool’ things do you have on the M&G site that no one else does, and how are the ‘cool’ things working out – are people using RSS feeds etc, for example?

What are the problems/challenges facing publishers that actually want to embrace online?

Should SA publishers be worried about online? Is it a threat?

What is hampering the real growth of online at the moment?

How long do you think we have until online starts eating into circulation/ad revenue the way it has in the US and UK?

What are the next steps in terms of technology and integrating print and online that publishers need to embrace and use?

How can an online presence be using for success brand-building both for the newspaper itself as well as advertising clients?

Has online revenue started to make a positive impact on the overall bottom line?

Are clients and ad agencies geared for an online presence? If no, what needs to be done (by all parties) to ensure online ad revenue success?

What are the differences between having a print publication and an online site – ie what do publishers/journalists need to learn and understand about online in order to meet consumer expectations?

What is your opinion on citizen journalism and its part?

What do you do about premium news (subscribing mostly?) as most people won’t pay for the privilege esp as they can normally find the stories elsewhere on the internet? But how viable is free content?

Is there a threat yet to classifieds (print and online) from sites such as craigslist, and how do you combat this?

Answers over the page…..

Citizen journalism, let's keep our heads shall we?

Did this interview with Herman Manson of Media Toolbox a popular media newsletter. Here are the questions:

To what extent is the M&G planning to make use of citizen/participatory journalism?
What are people writing about on your blogging service and how does this influence the content of your website and the paper edition?
Do you think participatory journalism will grow beyond community newspapers (for which it does seem perfect) to national news organisations locally? Internationally the BBC recently announced a move to integrate more citizen generated content into its services.

My answers over the page