SA journalists embrace blogs

I’ve been pretty impressed by the way South African media professionals have embraced blogging in recent times. There is of course all this claptrap of big media vs the blogosphere, which I’ve always thought was nonsense. My two cents? Blogging is many things: in its most simple guise it’s just a publishing format. But it’s also a culture and a type/style of content. You can write on a blog and not be a blogger, or you can blog and not be a journalist. You can however be both, at different times. And roles often blur. Am I making any sense???

Recently Ray Hartley made South African history by being the first newspaper editor to blog, and blog inside information about a major new daily that is on the cards. This is a major event. And it appears the strategy is paying off as he has generated quite a bit of free publicity. Another SA media guru of the newspaper school is Anton Harber who has been blogging for quite a while. Recently they had interactions via their blogs. Then there is Duncan Mcleod of FM Tech who has been producing an excellent blog and was one of the first in the country to break a major story on his new blog. Iol is also blogging and Intelligence magazine has just launched a blog too. A sign of great things to come.

Comments (4)

  1. Hilton wrote::

    I don’t necessarily think that the statement about Duncan Macleod “breaking a major story on his new blog” would be fair, considering major financial news sites and the wire services had that story instantly. Difficult to prove without a time stamp on that post?

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 11:11 am #
  2. matt wrote::

    Hi Hilton – I do say in my post that he was “was one of the first”, which he was. So I think my assertion is accurate and it stands. Admittedly I cannot remember the exact time as my handy stopwatch was playing up that day, but I remember seeing the post very early and I know he was tipped off about it. Maybe Duncan can comment for himself.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 11:22 am #
  3. Duncan McLeod wrote::

    Technically, Sens broke the story. But there was a mad rush on the Thursday afternoon when I got the call to go blog about it. We had it up before the major news websites, but only by a few minutes if I recall. Anyway, I don’t think the timing is all that important, to be honest. I just felt I needed to post on it as soon as possible after the event.

    Matt, thanks for the mention. Exciting times in the SA blogosphere! 🙂

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 1:38 pm #
  4. Hilton wrote::

    point taken. although it would be amusing if anyone had a handy stopwatch ready (especially when surfing the web) 😛

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 3:32 pm #