Tag Archives: WAN

Big Idea: How online publishers can rival Google

Quite sometime ago I did a rather entrepreneurial proposal to the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) about a new, non-profit industry-focused search engine and advertising network to rival Google. I know what you’re thinking, apart from the general nuttiness of the idea itself: I must be crazy approaching a “newspaper” body? But the idea around […]

World's publishers face off against Google: It's getting ugly

I had a feeling this would be the end result. At first there was co-operation and pleasantries exchanged between the media publishers and Google, and then it all went sour. Online publishers and newspapers appear to be heading for a face-off with search engine behemoth, Google. On Thursday, online publishers and print media in the […]

News headlines on your Facebook profile

We’ve created this simple news headline application for Facebook. It’s not for everyone, but if you want to catch the news on your profile when you log into Facebook, well then it’s worth checking out. If it proves to be popular we’ll add some more apps such as gig guides and movie reviews etc. If […]

Expose the naked editor!!!

Who, exactly, is the Naked editor? We know this much so far. He/she was at the WAN conference in Cape Town. He/She has a crush on Vincent Maher, M&G Online Strategist aka “curly-haired bloke”. The persona is a he, but it’s probably a she. In fact, by the writing I am pretty sure it is […]

Links from WAN conference

WAN: Is web 2.0 putting the ‘new’ in news? Where does Richard Sambrook, head of BBC Global News, get his news about web 2.0 and online developments? Not from his own British Broadcasting Corporation, but from his mates on Facebook. Meetings of World’s Press Ends With Look Toward the Future. The 60th World Newspaper Congress, […]

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 […]

20 ways to improve your news site

At WAN, the speaker put up a slide of “20 ways to improve your newspaper’s website”. Some of them are pretty obvious, but here they are none-the-less (fill in the gaps). Focus on local content and news Stress immediacy User generated content User comments User rankings and networking on your site Embrace RSS (um, show […]

WAN Links: User generated content, future of the newspaper & Zapiro on Zuma

New Strategic Reports From Shaping the Future of the Newspaper. Five new strategy reports on some of the most important recent developments in the newspaper industry globally — increasing digital revenue development, advertising best practices, innovative management systems, newspaper company reorganisation and the power of local focus — have just been published by the World […]

Interesting people I've met at WAN (Part 1)

Rob Jonas – Google Media & Publishing head for EMEA. Tracked him down in the tent after I chaired his session at the Digital Round Table on Sunday. Vincent and I had quite a long chat about Google documents, Google ads (his lips were sealed on commissions) and the other stuff. He resolved to look […]

BBC's Sambrook on Citizen media

Richard Sambrook who is a new media head honcho at the BBC has long been somewhat of an expert in user generated content and citizien journalism in the media context. I often hear intelligent and succint quotes from him in the international media world. So I was happy to see him speak at the WAN […]

Amagama.com sneaks into the blogosphere

Ok there is no keeping any secrets on the blogosphere. Vincent and I are famous for being terrible at keeping things quiet. We threaten each other with violence, but it still doesn’t seem to work. We didn’t want to launch it with any fanfare or fuss because it is very raw and basic at the […]

Demise of the newspaper greatly exaggerated

At the World Association of Newspaper’s conference in Cape Town, Anton Harber on journalism.co.za writes that it is “Not all doom and gloom from newspapers”. Negative perceptions of the future of newspapers were challenged by a barrage of figures by Timothy Balding, CEO of the World Association of Newspapers, where he says: Newspapers in developing […]

The Times: SA's newest online publisher is live

Don’t know how official it is yet, but the new (South African) Times website is now live. I meandered over to the Sunday Times website, just before the clock struck twelve, which to my surprise, had become the new Times website. The design is similar to the old Sunday Times site. We’re eagerly anticipating the […]

WAN LINKS: Media profitability, online content quality & media freedom

The 3 keys to media profitability in the 21st century A US executive says three words have led his newspaper company to success That has exceeded wildest expectations – fragmentation, interactivity and accountability. Defining editorial quality in the digital age The quality of print is currently better than online, editors agreed in a panel discussion […]

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 […]

Digital media, freedom of the press & the youth

Harnessing the power of digital media — “There have been developments in the citizen media forum, which are posing real competition to traditional media”. How can publishers harness these challenges to be successful in the future media environment? Reporters should be watchdogs not lapdogs. Ensuring press freedom in Africa requires conviction from journalists. This was […]

Cape Town beckons for the WAN conference

At the airport with Riaan Wolmarans, Mail & Guardian Online editor and Bryan Khumalo, our online sales manager. Our online strategist Vincent Maher and his entourage are nowhere to be seen yet (better hurry :-)). We’re on our way to the WAN conference in Cape Town. It’s a pretty big, and important conference — and […]

'Beware the power of social media'

This popped into my inbox this afternoon. I know Jovan Regasek well and have big respect for the man, ITWeb and the other publications his company puts out. For those of you wondering, ITWeb survived full on through the dot.bomb crash and was one of the few online publications that actually gave rise to various […]

Major int'l media conference coming to town

The World Association of Newspapers comes to town in June. The town I am referring to is Cape Town. The 2006 conference was in Moscow and included speakers such as Jimmy Wales and top speakers from Google, New York Times… you name it they were there. Despite the event’s name, its not only newspaper-focused. There […]

Good vibes @ the 27 Dinner/Geek Dinner

My wife who is my biggest critic says I should take more time over my blog posts. Apparently she’s not happy with my grammar. She says I could do better. Well it’s 12:10am and I’ve had three tequilas (thanks craig and peas) and many many Millers so I cannot vouch for the grammar of this […]