Tag Archives: citizen media

Dan Gillmor in Cape Town: Transparency is key

Pics by Tino Kreutzer Dan Gillmor, author of We Media and acclaimed citizen media advocate, was in Cape Town to speak at the University of Cape Town’s Business School about the publishing revolution of the digital age, also known as Citizen Media. Gillmor is co-founder of Dopplr, a social networking service that allows users to […]

Citizen journalism & the gatekeepers

As the web 2.0 movement rolled on, the excitable hype mongers were already reading media’s last rites. The zealots proclaimed that the publishing model had changed, pointing to examples like Wikipedia, digg.com and the blogging movement. It’s now all about user-generated content and the wisdom of crowds, they say. The centralised gate-keeping media model is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thabo Mbeki, SA president, refers to bloggers

South African President Thabo Mbeki, in a speech about ten minutes ago this morning, referred to the citizen media revolution acknowledging the role of bloggers in South Africa and the world. He referred to bloggers almost interchangeably with journalists in his speech at the WAN conference in Cape Town. This is a newspaper conference mainly […]

The media should take note of bloggers

It’s been easy for some to dismiss the blogosphere as a fringe publishing phenomenon. Publishers, who have had a monopoly on mainstream publishing since the invention of the printing press, don’t react terribly well to competition – especially competition they can’t really get a handle on. In the wood-panelled offices on the 78th floor, you […]

Reality check: Web 2.0 & blogging just 'digital narcissism'?

Here is a bit of a reality check on the web 2.0 frenzy. I’ve always thought the hype around web 2.0 reminded me a bit of the hype around the early dot.com days — which I, by the way, was very much a part of. It’s the reason why I am so revenue-driven when it […]

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 […]

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….

Mail & Guardian Online, a great 2006, even better 2007

It’s been a mad couple of years. It’s been gratifying being part of the Mail & Guardian Online success story. We have a small staff of only 10 full timers or so, but they are passionate about the brand. We have seen the site double its local readership and triple its international readership in just over a year or so to become the fourth biggest online publisher in the country (so say Nielsens)….

Online media – growing pains

I did a PDF of my powerpoint presentation (3mbs) at the recent Captivate Student Media conference that I popped down to Grahamstown for on Saturday. It looks at the online media industry in South Africa and then the BIG PICTURE, historical view of what online media and online networking means for society as a whole […]

REDRUM BIG MEDIA!

At Captivate in Grahamstown. Deja vu… like i was here last week. Too much Grahamstown can kill a man. Only was here for one presentation, happened to be Vincent Maher’s, director of new media at Rhodes (but soon to be Strategist at Mail & Guardian Online). He talked about the “death of old media” in another unbelievable presentation […]

50m bloggers, 6bn people — but who gets to speak?

Ethan Zuckerman, the founder of Tripod and activist site Global Voices Online, emphasised just how difficult it is to get news about Africa, especially online. If there is news, its the usual fare of famine and disaster. I blogged about this in a rather depressing post called “Africa: Giraffes, war, famine, blah blah blah”, and […]

Highway Africa, a crit from afar

It’s the first time in a long time that I haven’t been at the Highway Africa conference but I watched the award ceremonies on SABC Africa lastnight. It’s brilliant that this part of the conference is being aired on TV. The set, camera work and general production was world class and Yvonne Chaka Chaka was excellent — […]

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…..

The People Formerly Known as the Audience

Read this good summary by Jay Rosen on his Press Think blog about how the media is changing and how patterns of media consumption is changing. I think however the article is too quick to condemn big media. This is not about the death of “big” media or changing “big” media, its about the rise […]