Tag Archives: the Citizen

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…..

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 […]

Citizen journalism, let's keep our heads shall we?

Did this interview with Herman Manson of Media Toolbox a popular media newsletter. Here are the questions:

To what extent is the M&G planning to make use of citizen/participatory journalism?
What are people writing about on your blogging service and how does this influence the content of your website and the paper edition?
Do you think participatory journalism will grow beyond community newspapers (for which it does seem perfect) to national news organisations locally? Internationally the BBC recently announced a move to integrate more citizen generated content into its services.

My answers over the page

Citizen journalism in hype phase

We are in the hype phase of the citizen journalism phenomenon sweeping the globe. This means we are overemphasising the positive aspects of the phenomenon and not looking closely enough at the problem areas. There are problem areas, for example a lack of formalised ethics, training, adherence to strict rules of balance etc etc among bloggers and citizen journalists… these are the problem areas.

We Media Conference Kicks Off

In London at the BBC for the We Media conference and it is sensory overload. It’s a slick, glossy event being held in the BBC studios usually reserved for Top of the Pops, I believe, at the BBC Television Centre in White City. I used to work at BBC so I kind of knew my way around. The big issue is trust. Do we trust new media such as blogs, wikis and other forms of participatory writing and journalism. According to a survey on media trust, presented to the We Media conference — these are the mediums that have the trust of users…

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 […]

Joe Bloggs ‘Journalism’

Net Savvy Joe Bloggs ‘Journalism’ Blogging has been referred to as the “new journalism”. Matthew Buckland fails to get excited about it, but reckons an Iraqi called Salam Pax showed what the phenomenon can do. Everyone’s heard of Joe Bloggs. A few have heard about Salam Pax. So what do the two have in common? […]

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 […]