Category Archives: print vs online

Oh Peter! You're just being sentimental

Duncan McLeod, former associate editor of the Financial Mail, recently burst onto the scene with a great new addition to my regular daily reads. On his new Techcentral site there have been two articles that caught my attention — the first being a fiery piece by former Vodacom CEO Allan Knott-Craig, and now an interview […]

The future of online advertising lies in the collapse of print

I guess it seems a bit negative to define the growth of a medium in the collapse of another, but here’s why: For most media organisations, online advertising* currently accounts for less than 20% of the advertising pie, with print still taking the lion’s share. My 20% estimate is high. A world-wide, median figure is […]

Online media, platforms, innovation and advertising

Just did this interview with a publication. Thought I’d publish it here. Does a newspaper’s online platform cannabalise the print advertising at all? And what about print readers- will the online platform steal readers away from the print title? It’s time to move on from using words like “cannabalise” and “steal” with reference to the […]

Prediction: Newspapers face pricey future

In a recent Associated Press article European editors were interviewed about where they see the future of the newspaper. In the face of declining circulations and the onslaught of new media, you’d expect that they’d want to slit their wrists. But no – the article reported the editors were “strikingly optimistic” about the future. In […]

'Newspapers are partners not enemies'

Trevor Ncube, President of the Newspaper Association of South Africa and CEO of Mail & Guardian in South Africa, delivered an impassioned and brilliant speech calling on African leaders to understand the role that the press plays in society, and particularly on the African continent. He was speaking at the opening of the World Association […]

Pics of new SA daily, The Times, revealed in blog

Ray Hartley — the editor of the highly-anticipated new Sunday Times daily The Times — has started a new blog that is tracking the newspaper’s progress. On the blog he reveals pictures of the new title including the masthead, basic layout and discussion around some of the newspaper’s plans. There are some design similarities with […]

The future of the newspaper

From: “European papers optimistic on future — with web’s help” (Sent to me by M&G Online editor, Riaan Wolmarans.) …but European editors interviewed by the Associated Press appear strikingly optimistic about the future. They see the online media explosion more as an opportunity than as a threat, and express confidence they can provide the content […]

Major int'l media conference coming to town

The World Association of Newspapers comes to town in June. The town I am referring to is Cape Town. The 2006 conference was in Moscow and included speakers such as Jimmy Wales and top speakers from Google, New York Times… you name it they were there. Despite the event’s name, its not only newspaper-focused. There […]

The deadtrees speak out

From BusinessDay. They used the word cyberspace in their headline. Cyberspace died with the 90s. Interesting article though. ‘Can papers breathe oxygen in cyberspace?’ THE notion that editors around the world fear new developments in media was tested this week with the release of the first Newsroom Barometer Survey…. the study was commissioned in September […]

Newspapers RIP? Not really.

Duncan Mcleod from the Financial Mail wrote this doom ‘n gloom piece on the end of newspapers. It’s actually one of the better pieces I’ve read on this rather emotive and fashionable subject. He says: “Newspapers are facing the greatest threat in their 400-year history. The rise of the Internet as a publishing medium is […]

Where are the great online magazines? Where?

Magazines have not enjoyed the same high profile, runaway success of their newspaper counterparts in the online world. Magazines aren’t big online. Websites of print magazines have had a rather low profile in more than 10 years of internet in this country. Compare this to the high-profile online news brands that rake in big numbers and you will see what I mean. It’s no secret that the news brands dominate the top half of the local online readership rankings, whereas very few magazines even make the top 50 sites….

Why can’t we all just get along?

The media world is undergoing profound change. We know the great catalyst for these changes has been the onward march of the digital age and the arrival of the internet.

This changing mediascape is often incorrectly portrayed as a battlefield, with two main skirmishes on the go. In the first “battle”, the soldiers have grown weary or just rather bored. This battle involves traditional media (newspapers, radio, TV) versus online media. The second “battle” is a much more interesting to look at. This skirmish involves mainstream media (which in this instance includes online publishers as they mostly practise traditional journalism) versus citizen media, which includes bloggers, vloggers and podcasters….

Battle of the business sites

Websites that report on financial news and information were always going to crack it online. The web is the perfect medium for delivering up-to-the-minute financial news and data. Moreover, the LSM of the average business news reader matches that of the online reader: Both are high. The five biggest consumer-focused business sites, reporting on general financial news in South Africa, are engaged in a tussle to capture a bigger share of this lucrative reader and advertising market….

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…..

Technology shifting power away from the editors, the publishers, the establishment, the media elite?

Saw Mike Stoporth’s article on Bizcom in which he had this quote from Rupert Murdoch, talking about the internet: “To find something comparable, you have to go back 500 years to the printing press, the birth of mass media – which, incidentally, is what really destroyed the old world of kings and aristocracies. Technology is […]

Newspapers will not die, ever

Listen up. Newspapers are NOT going to die or be “replaced” — not ever. Had an interesting pow wow with Ben Hammersely, “special prototypes guy” (his title) at the Guardian Unlimited. We shared the panel at the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Conference. The conference took place in the 40/50/60 storey, green tinted mirror skyscraper that […]

Changing media's battlefield

Ok play is over. Need to do some business here. Conference is tomorrow where I’ll be chatting about online journalism vs traditional journalism. This is often how today’s changing media world is portrayed: 1. online journ VS print journ; online newspapers VS newspapers ; traditional media VS digital media then 2. online + print (Mainstream […]

Believe in the Berliner

Now the NY Times is a great newspaper. For buck a day (I’m talkin’ like a New Yorker now) its awesome value and i’ve bought it every day while here. It’s in the Berliner format — and it is by far the dominant newspaper here. SA’s broadasheets should consider converting — a broadsheet is just […]

Net advertising 'to overtake national newspapers'

Saw this in the Guardian Unlimited. I quote: “The internet will overtake national newspapers in the battle for advertising spending in the UK by the end of the year, it was predicted yesterday. GroupM, which accounts for about 30% of global media buying, says in a report to be published next month that the internet […]