Tag Archives: Rhodes University

Rhodes University: My alma mater

I must say, I’m particularly proud that I went to Rhodes University. I have such amazing memories of studying and partying there. It’s an unusual campus, away from the big cities, situated in a small, relatively isolated town called Grahamstown. What this means is that most students live in residences and there is a tremendous […]

Debating online media models @ Highway Africa

Looking forward to this year’s Highway Africa conference. I’m going to enjoy debating with We the Media author and general online media guru Dan Gillmor on the topic: ‘Whose citizen journalism is it anyway?’ at the Digital Citizens Indaba. Personally, I still don’t think media get it. Look, they’re trying to be inclusive: First it […]

South Africa's sleeping online media giants

Some media companies have embraced the online era and are now reaping the rewards. Others have been slow to wake up to the promise of online publishing. Here are four media companies, where we may see greater things: Avusa (formerly Johncom): It’s probably wrong to call this media company a sleeping giant, as it has […]

Interesting people at WAN, part 2

Following on from Part One… Fabricio Altamirano & Eduardo Torres – the charming guys from El Diario de Hoy, the El Salvador online publication with 85-million page impressions. I know now that el Salvador has about eight million people, is about the size of Massachusetts, and the Republicans are in power with the Marxists in […]

The 'new' dot.com rush

Am I alone or does it feel like the rush of the dot.com era is back? In terms of innovation on the world wide web with web 2.0 (yuk), social networking, blogging and the rise of user-generated content, google and search — it feels like a different world to the web of about 3-4 years […]

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)….

Captivate audience & Tito

Need sleep. Am soon to be back in the land of the Rat & Parrot and those people who like to drink till they fall over. Am at Rhodes University in Grahamstown again for the Captivate Student Media Conference. Only finished my presentation at 2am tonight because was with the Guv’nor himself, Tito Mboweni, for a big fancy supper […]

On my way to New York

At the airport about to take off for our flight to New York. Am going to the US to participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Programme where I will be on a panel talking about new media and online journalism and how the discipline of journalism is changing in general as the digital age […]

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…

In Nairobi for AFRICAN MEDIA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

At the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Programme for Sub-Sahara Africa & Sol Plaatje Media Leadership Institute. Nairobi Safari Club, Nairobi, Kenya 4-7 April 2006.

Just arrived in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi today and set my clock one hour forwards. I coincidentally sat next Alec Hogg, MD of Moneyweb, on the flight from Joburg to Nairobi and we had a very interesting conversation, largely around Google and how we love and hate it — and how Google is changing our business models and the way people see and read our websites.

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.

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.

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 […]