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#Newsmaker: Kojo Baffoe the Afropolitan
#Newsmaker: Kojo Baffoe the Afropolitan

The Afropolitan recently celebrated its 50th edition with a gala evening where publisher Sean Press announced philosopher, Kaya FM radio host and writer Kojo Baffoe the new editor of the magazine.

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jun 2017

Fei Wong © –
Real-time advertising can catapult newspapers to greater revenues

Publications can improve advertising revenues if they take advantage of real-time print adverts and that will help not only their ailing fortunes but the ailing fortunes of publishing printers, too...

By Vaughan Patterson 18 Apr 2017

It's a brand new world for print
It's a brand new world for print

Video, native advertising, mobile apps - these were some of the main talking points yesterday at the first day of the Media24 Lifestyle Summit...

By Beverley Klein 23 Sep 2016

People buy newspapers and magazines for news stories, not advertising
People buy newspapers and magazines for news stories, not advertising

Over the years, advertising has lost its psychological influence and subliminal power. These days, consumers and the public in general value the information they find in respectable media sources...

By Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard 30 Sep 2015

Anton Harber
Criminal libel has no place in law books

He has made it his mission 'to expose, through my investigations, the scourge of corruption, which is robbing (Angola) of billions of dollars a year': journalist and human rights activist Rafael Marques de Morais...

By Anton Harber 20 Mar 2015

Traditional media can claim back its edge with innovation
Traditional media can claim back its edge with innovation

IBM believes that traditional media and entertainment companies that move fast to embrace and monetise digital channels stand to win back their audiences and their advertising revenue, despite...

By Shane Radford 14 Aug 2014

The importance of a brand story to your business
The importance of a brand story to your business

Humans are natural storytellers. From ancient cave paintings to Shakespeare's First Folio, people have always had an affinity for a well-told story. This is especially true in the world of commerce.

By Mark Porter 11 Mar 2014

Anton Harber
Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013

Angolan journo wins top award for anti-corruption fight
Angolan journo wins top award for anti-corruption fight

NEWSWATCH: There's good and bad news out of Angola: Mail & Guardian reports that an Angolan journalist has won a top award recognising his fight against graft and human rights abuses, and speaking of the latter... a 17-year-old has been imprisoned for allegedly insulting the country's president.

By Rod Baker 8 Nov 2013

Anton Harber
Insight into the new way of doing journalism

As Friday's aircraft to Brazil rolled down the runway at OR Tambo International Airport with most of South Africa's investigative reporters on board, I wondered what would happen to our journalism if it went down...

By Anton Harber 21 Oct 2013

Marion Scher
It's not always what you say but how you say it

Using words to soothe or shout isn't always that easy, because the receiver can't hear you. But in front of an audience, be it a presentation, press conference or a televised interview, your voice and face says it all.

By Marion Scher 16 Oct 2013

Isha Sesay on the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards
Isha Sesay on the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards

The 18th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards is taking place tomorrow night, 12 October 2013 at the CTICC where finalists will be recognised for their excellent journalism across the continent.

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Oct 2013

Chris Moerdyk
Don't confuse aggregation and plagiarism

There has been a lot written in the past few weeks about the challenges posed to the online publishing community by the litigation between Moneyweb and Fin24, and a not unsubstantial amount of this opinion has been a mix of journalistic petulance and hysteria.

By Chris Moerdyk 3 Oct 2013

Marion Scher
Media relationships work two ways

I received an email this morning from a colleague who, some would think quite cheekily, asked me for my press listing for a particular industry...

By Marion Scher 27 Sep 2013

Danette Breitenbach
Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013

Phindiwe Nkosi
Hidden questions of a travel writer

Nothing, not even scholarly theories, quite prepares one for travel writing. Despite the knowledge that it takes a writer, the rules of engagement are not the same. How does one describe sunrise or the heartbeat of a newborn lion cub beating against yours?

By Phindiwe Nkosi 29 Aug 2013

Elmore Leonard: "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."
Elmore Leonard's ten rules of good writing

He was one of the most popular and prolific writers of our time. He started out writing westerns, then turned his talents to crime fiction.

By James Hurford 23 Aug 2013

Tiffany Markman
Whaaat?!? You copied my copy?

Reflections on textual pickpocketing... by a victim of copy thieves.

By Tiffany Markman 24 Jul 2013

John French
Mandela has given everyone a voice

'Who shot JR?' pales in comparison to the current epic media maelstrom on whether Nelson Mandela is alive or not. Is he alive? Will he survive this near death experience? No one really knows, but just about everybody is debating it.

By John French 3 Jul 2013

Chris Moerdyk
The darkest days for Mandela and the media

With the spotlight so blindingly focussed on an ailing Nelson Mandela as he fights for his life, it is difficult not to keep recalling his darkest days and the massive challenges the media had in telling these to the world.

By Chris Moerdyk 1 Jul 2013

Noëleen Bruton
Digital, traditional media go hand in hand

It's been exciting watching the phenomenal growth of digital media both locally and globally in the past say two decades. This, of course, has given marketers a whole new category of media in which to spend our advertising budgets.

By Noëleen Bruton 13 May 2013

Douglas Kruger
Seven stages in becoming an industry expert

From Amoeba to Icon; where do you currently rank in your industry's natural progression? In this piece, I walk you through the seven stages of development as you strive to position yourself as an industry expert. [video]

By Douglas Kruger 13 Apr 2013

[Design Indaba 2013] Design in context (part II)
[Design Indaba 2013] Design in context (part II)

Stuck away at the far end of Africa, Design Indaba provides some much-needed perspective on our craft. Nothing replenishes a jaded inspiration better than an annual shot of pure cultural energy from New York's design elite.

By Terry Levin 4 Mar 2013

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding
[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future
[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future

As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.

By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual
[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual

No matter how slow off the mark, we have all come to the realisation that, no matter what line of business we are in, drastic measures are needed in order for us to not only increase market share but also to survive. It is not, however, all doom and gloom and for those who are embracing innovation and prepared to experiment with new ideas, a lot of opportunity awaits to reconnect with consumers and rise above the negative economic factors.

By Dave Nemeth 30 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends
[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends

The world is more interdependent and interconnected than ever before. Technology is ensuring the free flow of ideas, information and energy; creative co-operation and influence; and is bringing change across the globe that is happening at an unprecedented and accelerated rate.

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 25 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Media and advertising regulation in 2013
[2013 trends] Media and advertising regulation in 2013

So here we are in 2013 - the Mayan trend predictions for 2012 having spectacularly failed to materialise, leaving some of us with hangovers and debt that we had secretly hoped would be wiped clean in a Mayan-flavoured apocalypse. Now is the time for us to look into our crystal balls, and see if we can get our predictions for media and advertising regulation a bit more spot-on than the poor Mayans did.

By Gail Schimmel 24 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector
[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector

A transformation is in motion amongst shoppers and retailers country-wide. Consumers are becoming more discerning and demanding, and retailers and manufacturers are under pressure to innovate, offer quality and savings - all in one eco-friendly package! Here are some interesting trends for the retail sector that I've identified for 2013.

By Gareth Pearson 23 Jan 2013

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