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  • 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 Leaders Conference. The conference took place in the 40/50/60 storey, green tinted mirror skyscraper that is Goldman Sachs' headquarters in downtown Manhattan. Its the same building where the movie Devil's Advocate was shot, and where Al Pacino eventually burst into flames and revealed himself as the devil in front of Keanu and Charlize to take over the world. So,...

  • 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 of a new kind of media that will exist alongside "big" media. why is it always a case of 'either/or'? TV was supposed to kill radio, remember? Except it occupied a very successful niche. That's where I think citizen media is going. Big media, with...

  • Changing media's battlefield

    Ok play is over. Need to do some business here. Conference is tomorrow where I'll be chatting about online journalism vs traditional journalism. This is often how today's changing media world is portrayed: 1. online journ VS print journ; online newspapers VS newspapers ; traditional media VS digital media then 2. online + print (Mainstream media or MSM) VS citizen journalism ; MSM VS bloggers ; Rupert Murdoch & Dan Rather VS the blogosphere These are all in tension, but there is no war or battle here. It...

  • Net advertising 'to overtake national newspapers'

    Saw this in the Guardian Unlimited. I quote: "The internet will overtake national newspapers in the battle for advertising spending in the UK by the end of the year, it was predicted yesterday. GroupM, which accounts for about 30% of global media buying, says in a report to be published next month that the internet will account for 13.3% of the £12.2bn UK advertising market this year, overtaking national newspapers with a share of 13.2%. The figure for web advertising could be even bigger, because the report excludes the estimated £1bn a year spent on "affiliate advertising", which largely...

  • The state of the blogosphere

    According to Dave Sifry on the Technorati blog (the blog search engine) the blogosphere is literally DOUBLING every 5,5 months. There are about 40,7 million blogs around today, so that means if this formula is to be followed that there will be 80-million blogs by the end of 2006. What's more is that a blog is being posted EVERY SECOND on the world wide web. There are about 50 000 blog posts every hour and 1,2-million legitimate posts per day. Now that is alot of content and alot of blogging.

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

    Did this interview with Herman Manson of Media Toolbox a popular media newsletter. 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. I am a huge fan and supporter of citizen journalism, but it must be pointed out that we are in the hype phase of the citizen journalism phenomenon sweeping the globe. Although it is an amazing and revolutionary movement, let's keep our heads. It is an important...

  • Internet useage in Africa: Top countries

    It's time to wake up, Telkom. Here are the top ranking internet countries in Africa by internet hosts. I got this from Arthur Goldstuck's comprehensive report, which you can get on his website. Shows that, as a continent, we have a lot to catch up still. Thankfully the consensus is that South Africa is now set for more expansion, although expensive telecoms are still holding us back. A new challenger to the fixed line monopoly Telkom has been licensed but that is going to take a while to get up and ready and competitive. Broadband is beginning to make an...

  • Where are users looking on my webpage?

    Have a look at this Google "heat map" that I took from www.google.com/adsense/tips. It shows, according to Google, the locations on your website that users tend to focus on. Google uses this as a guide to show you where you should position Adsense on your site -- or any other kind of advert for that matter... or if you don't like adverts just put important content there. It is an interesting demonstration of where users tend to look on a site. Some of Google's "revelations" are obvious, but there were a few surprises for me: for...

  • Technorati founder David Sifry appeals for sanity

    Technorati founder David Sifry appealed to the We Media conference in London at Reuters to put the blogger versus big media issue "to rest". He says we need each other! I agree with him. Bloggers need big media and big media needs bloggers. YES! why is it a case of either or. This is the information highway for crying in a bucket. It can accommodate lots of different information forms, citizen journalism, traditional journalism -- you name it. They need each other and can co-exist with each other, sometimes they are even the same thing.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Nitin Desai from UN wants a combined, killer new media and old media combination

    Nitin Desai, Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, had a few original words to say on the new wave of “We Media” sweeping the globe. He urged the conference in London to keep a keen eye on the developing world when looking at media. He says there will be a shift in world economy away from West to developing countries with the emergence of China and India where we will see media giants soon emerge from these countries. He says that the key challenge – and this is the original part of what he said –...

  • Blogs vs traditional media: the Iraq issue

    During the first panel discussion of the We Media conference in London a delegate at the conference whose name I didn’t catch stood up and made a very interesting comment. He says he works for a newspaper and that it was his job to review Iraqi blogs for the paper he works for to source stories and comment. He said that ever since he started doing this, he began "losing trust in newspapers" because he found that the Iraqi blogs were saying something completely different to what the mainstream media were saying. He highlighted the fact that some major...

  • Hats off to Media24’s tabloids

    Ingo Capraro, Editor of the relatively new tabloid, Die Son in South Africa gave us a talk on the successes of the paper. Die Son is part of the powerful Media24/Naspers group – the biggest media player in Africa. Die Son editor gave us a presentation on the newspaper’s successes. It is a tabloid unashamedly covering sex, scandal and has its own page three girl. There was a fair amount of criticism about what the paper was doing. Not sure what the fuss is about. Clearly the newspaper is serving a market and doing it successfully. Like the Daily Sun,...

  • Who’s running the show at newspapers?

    Dr Peter Mwesige, Acting Head, Mass Communication Department, Makerere University and Former Executive Editor Monitor Publications in Uganda delivered an interesting speech on “African quality journalism”. He emphasised that if we treat the media “like any other business”, we distort the principles of journalism. He noted that there obviously needs to be a healthy mix with regards to the drive for profitability and good journalism, but that the drive for profitability seems to be affecting the craft of journalism. He’s right. Mwesige noted that product development at media houses is often driven by advertising and marketing departments rather than...

  • 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 internet -- and more specifically blogging on the internet -- means that ordinary readers more than ever before are themselves turning into publishers and journalists. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)