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…

SA online media industry "surging"

Quite a nice article in Business Report, we issued via the OPA about “Online advertising surges”… our quarterly traffic release got covered in quite a bit of media, especially traditional media… which suggests to me that online is quite the…

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…

Every African politician and his blog

In the context of the We Media conference — I want to draw attention to a major blog innovation that took place in the South African online media. It happened a while ago — but I just wanted to highlight it again… it was something we did as the Mail & Guardian Online… read and tell me what you think…

The great convergence sideshow

It’s always been cheap and easy to publish on the web. Big professional, online publishers share the same medium as small-time, personal homepages. Online publishers typically publish at a lower cost than newspapers or magazines, making it an affordable option for shoestring publishers and budding entrepreneurs. It’s why they are in the web business in the first place.

The internet goes from free to fee

If only the internet had been invented by a businessman. It’s a common lament of internet publishers who are buckling and wheezing under the financial strain of running unprofitable websites

Netocracy

Netocracy BOOK REVIEW: NETOCRACY If Karl Marx were alive today this is the book he would have written. This is the bold, if not slightly ambitious, claim of Swedish authors Alexander Bard and Jan Söderqvist. For Marx, society’s power politics,…

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…

Audio streaming online: Dare to Stream

Net Savvy Dare to Stream Radio “streaming” may draw in a surprising amount of listeners, but the business prospects have yet to evolve. Matthew Buckland considers the current landscape and future prospects of the net’s audio capabilities. Thanks to the…

South African websites: Who’re the Big Fish?

Net Savvy Who’re the Big Fish? The first statistics from the online industry’s new standard measurement system reveals some remarkable trends. Matthew Buckland crunches the numbers. South Africa’s online publishers pulled in about 3,5-million unique users or readers and about…

Cellphone and new media — Promised Land?

Net Savvy Promised Land? According to the World Association of Newspapers, cellphones are set to take over PCs as the medium for accessing the ‘net. That’s good news for publishers, says Matthew Buckland, ‘cos cellphones mean revenue. There is a…

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.…

SA’s quiet revolution

TV/Online convergence Somewhat of a quiet revolution appears to be taking place in South Africa’s media world. Late last year News24 launched their 24-hour interactive news channel 59 on DSTV. It’s not quite a TV channel and not quite a…