Tag Archives: online news

When is a blogger not a blogger anymore?

A post on Poynter’s e-media Tidbits by Paul Bradshaw caught my eye. It essentially captures something I’ve been mulling for a while: When is a blogger not a blogger anymore? A typical lifecycle of some successful bloggers is that they start off as small, independent, opinionated writers but then, as they get popular and their […]

Online news will supplant TV as leading source

According to a World Association of Newspapers poll online news will supplant television network news as the leading news source over the next five years. The Harris Poll also says but newspapers will remain a vital source on their own, and can become dominant if they successfully integrate online delivery as a part of what […]

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 […]

Linklove: what big media can learn from bloggers

The fundamental art of linking is something online media could learn from the blogosphere….

Without linking there wouldn’t be an internet. It’s the web of links that leads a user from website-to-website that essentially creates the thing we know as the world wide web. Many commercial online media publishers hate linking from their websites to the “outside”, especially when there’s a competitor involved. It’s a protective, “walled garden” mentality, prevalent in many traditional media businesses, which doesn’t translate particularly well on the wild world wide web. It’s pretty silly, because linking is the whole point of the web.

This where the blogosphere could teach online publishers a thing or two…. read on

SA's online newspapers set to grow

Francois Nel from the For the Media blog pointed me towards his blog recently (pretty good, I must say). This post in particular caught my eye. He broadly examines why online newspapers in South Africa are not cracking it, compared to their world counterparts. For Francois — it’s down to leadership: It is, I would […]

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….

SABC Interdict: High drama at M&G Online

Myself and the M&G Online news editor, Matthew Burbidge, were up late lastnight awaiting the verdict from an attempted SABC interdict against a 70-page report about the SABC blacklisting saga that we published on the website. Ferial Haffajee, the editor of the newspaper, was in court with M&G’s lawyers till late Saturday night/Sunday morning and […]

Captivating

So briefly popped into Captivate. Did my presentation, which I could put up here for download, but it would really only make Telkom richer. Admittedly, Vincent 2, Matthew 0 ;-).  Again — blown away by good questions, knowledge and interest in the net by the delegates at the conference after our session. We have some top talents in South Africa, […]

The people have written

Now South Africa has its own citizen journalism website in Johnnic’s commendable reporter.co.za The relentless pace of technology is turning everyone into citizen reporters. Anyone with a cellphone camera is a potential citizen photographer. Anyone with a blog is a potential citizen reporter or columnist.   Citizen journalists both collaborate and compete with established media. […]

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…..

Got website, must blog!

Hmmm… IOL doesn’t quite hit the spot for me with their new blog. Not a very interesting first foray into blogging… are they giving their users an opportunity to blog? Are their big name columnists and writers blogging? Are major thought leaders blogging on the site? No — its a kind of light editorial about the daily inner workings […]

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 […]

Technorati, del.icio.us added to Mail & Guardian Online


We’ve just added technorati and del.icio.us to the Mail & Guardian Online. I see we are also ranked 152 out of the 40.7 million sites in Technorati, which is nice. The M&G Online is one of South Africa’s leading online publishers, credited as the first online newspaper on the continent.

For those who don’t know what all this is about (you know who you are) — it’ll allow users and bloggers to see who in the blogosphere is linking to Mail & Guardian Online as a site, and particular articles we publish on the site. The idea is to start a dialogue with bloggers and encourage community around the M&G Online — hopefully to encourage bloggers to blog our site more. Blogs are, without doubt, a key driver of traffic for us. I’m not one for jumping head first into the latest trends, but this — as far as I am concerned — is a big part of the future of the net. Really.

I saw Dave Sifry, the Technorati founder, speak at the We Media conference in London this year, where I was also on a panel speaking (about New Media here). Was impressed by the man. If I recall he got into a heated exchange with some provocative old media type while on his panel. Was funny to watch. And good for him.

It’s phase 1 of the implementation which is fairly rudimentary. Next phase we’ll add a bit more customisation in an M&G Online template after working with the dev team at Technorati.

Check it out for yourself and tell me what you think. (The technorati links are at the bottom of the article pages)

Here is an article you can try out: Mugabe donates computers ahead of by-election

The blog phenomenon

When Gutenberg invented the printing press, he freed the publishers. But when the World Wide Web was pioneered by Tim Berners-Lee, it was said that the readers were now freed. The age of the internet has given unprecedented power to the reader by creating one of the most democratic and accessible forms of publishing yet – the blog.

Revenge of the amateurs

net savvy Revenge of the amateurs Now South Africa has its own citizen journalism offering via Johnnic’s commendable reporter.co.za One of the first images of the Asian Tsunami crisis came from a Nordic tourist stuck on a rooftop in Phuket who MMSed it to a major news website, where it was immediately published. During the […]

International traffic on local websites: Name in Lights

net savvy Name in Lights On Google’s news page recently, Matthew Buckland saw the name of East London’s Dispatch Online above some world famous brands. But could they cash in on it? The other day I saw a story from East London’s Daily Dispatch website, Dispatch Online, highlighted on Google’s news site. It was up […]

Why SA’s Online Journalism is Rubbish

net savvy Why SA’s Online Journalism is Rubbish When will online journalism make a real impact in this country? Matthew Buckland says that until online starts to publish more original stories, it’s not going to be taken seriously. There is a movie on circuit at the moment called Shattered Glass. It’s about a rising star […]

The power of information

Net Savvy The power of information People are still asking today how it was that the world failed to mobilise during the Rwanda genocide. Nearly a million Africans were hacked and slaughtered, making it one of the most appalling genocides in history — yet the world didn’t lift a finger. Could it be that the […]

Cocking Up Convergence

Net Savvy Cocking Up Convergence What’s the point of a licence fee on websites if print isn’t regulated? Matthew Buckland looks at the anomalies in the proposed Convergence Bill. Let’s start with the good news. We have a Convergence Bill. It has good intentions. It aims to promote the growth, diversity and the liberalisation of […]

Are websites killing newspaper circulations?

Matthew Buckland, Net Savvy Websites are often singled out as one of the main culprits for falling print circulations. Simply put, the argument is why would readers bother to buy a newspaper if they can get the same publication for free over the net? It’s not a new debate, but yet it persists. It’s the […]