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  • 11 websites paying tribute to Nelson Mandela

    A number sites paying tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela have gone live following the death of the global statesman in his Johannesburg home, aged 95. Many of the sites were built by news organisations, and feature their reporters memories of Mandela, coverage around him over the years and tributes to the global icon. A number of public bodies and organisations associated with the man many referred to by his clan name "Madiba" have also put up their own tribute spaces. Memeburn has put together a list of some of the most comprehensive tributes on the web...

  • Giving it away for free: advertising, content and the paywall debate [T4A]

    Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief Chris Roper is standing in front of a graph predicting newspaper circulation figures -- and it’s not good. You may be used to the hockey-stick shaped growth curves of tech darlings like Pinterest and Instagram, but the chart forecasting the future of information provided in newsprint and ink is gradually headed towards zero. The editor of one of South Africa’s most prominent investigative titles glances at the graph behind him and summarises the prospects of newspapers bluntly: “Generally, you’re screwed.” With more and more readers ditching paper for pixels, how to make money from a medium...

  • South Africa’s Mail & Guardian goes digital first, warns of possible retrenchments

    The Mail & Guardian, one of South Africa's largest independent news organisations, is set to adopt a digital first approach. And while the news will probably be welcomed by people in the tech space, it is likely to come with retrenchments. In an official statement released today, the organisation announced the restructuring. The move, it says, is part of move its towards a wholly converged operation. M&G Media chief executive Hoosain Karjieker said that the company's "digital first" philosophy would inform the restructuring efforts and that recent appointments had been made in line with that philosophy. He added however that it...

  • Here we go again: Cartoon of SA president causes Twitter storm

    Here we go again. Another illustration involving South African president Jacob Zuma has the country in a froth. This time though, it's not a painting and it's not hanging in a prominent gallery. The work in question comes from satirical cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro. In the cartoon, Zuma is depicted as an actual penis looking at himself in a mirror. The cartoon, which appeared in the Friday edition of South...

  • UCT, media houses turn sites black in protest against ‘secrecy bill’

    South Africans took to social media en-masse as they looked to express their anger at the Protection of State Information Bill, commonly referred to as the "secrecy bill". Facebook and Twitter were not, however, the only online avenues used to protest the bill. A number of public institutions, news organisations and bloggers adapted their websites to include some variation on the "Black Tuesday" motif. The University of Cape Town (UCT), blacked out its entire front page, splashing the word "Censored" across it in bold, white letters. The action is a reminder that the new bill, if passed, has the potential...

  • M&G journalist suspended after anti-Semitic Facebook rant

    In another case of why employees need to watch what they say online, a journalism intern at the Mail & Guardian has been suspended for an anti-Semitic statement on Facebook, leading to a very public spat involving the publication's editor. The intern, Ngoako Matsha, in a Facebook conversation referred to fellow commenters as "racists". The anti-Semitic comment in question read: "You racists! No wonder Hitler killed all the Jews, because you're all a...

  • UK press watchdog seeks to regulate journalists on Twitter

    With moves such as Facebook's addition of its new Journalism portal, "Journalists on Facebook", the importance of social networking and social media sites to journalism is something that is practically taken for granted. Though Facebook may be trying to muscle in on the journalist social network user demographic, the true power base for journalism when it comes to social networks is Twitter, and the United Kingdom's press watchdog, the Press Complaints...

  • The 100 most influential news media Twitter accounts

    Undoubtedly, the nature of news is changing with the advent and immense popularity of social media. Media is painfully aware it needs to be involved with the new social order to keep audiences engaged. Social media channels like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, provide people with additional channels to not only get news about the world, but to involve their community and immediate sphere of influence. So social media enhances mainstream news by...

  • How tagging enhances SEO: An example

    Here is a perfect example of how a comprehensive semantic tagging strategy can add to a site's SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Just did a search on Wikipedia and Mail & Guardian -- the site I used to run back in the 50s :-). The results were interesting. Instead of the Wikipedia entry showing up as the first result in the Google search, the Mail & Guardian "organisation" tag referring to Wikipedia cracked it...

  • Social media for companies: What's working?

    If you want to know whose using Social Media in the corporate world, here is a list of 35+ Examples of Corporate Social Media in Action from Mashable. If that's not enough for you, here is a further list of 130 Social Media Marketing examples from major companies. Some are surprising, for example even British Airways as is getting in on the act with a Twitter account listing flight specials. It got me...

  • Citizen journalism & the gatekeepers

    As the web 2.0 movement rolled on, the excitable hype mongers were already reading media’s last rites. The zealots proclaimed that the publishing model had changed, pointing to examples like Wikipedia, digg.com and the blogging movement. It’s now all about user-generated content and the wisdom of crowds, they say. The centralised gate-keeping media model is losing its relevance in favour of a decentralised model. Big Media, R.I.P. These so-called experts put used-car salespeople to...

  • Navigation for your site: The case for new M&G Online

    For the new Mail & Guardian Online that we are launching later next month we've had quite a few discussions and workshops about the navigation. It was a unanimous decision early on that we would opt for a top nav, discarding the left nav we currently have, which we feel is outdated and cluttered. We've also consolidated the sections, creating a few "super sections", as we figure we currently have too many...

  • Online media strategies & the future of print: Interview with Mags magazine

    Did this interview Gareth Richards from Mags Magazine on online media... 1 Can you give me your views on how important your online presence is to the newspaper? Has it grown more quickly/slowly than the paper version? At the Mail & Guardian we are in the fortunate position where both our newspaper and website are showing record readership. It may have something to do with the fact that the newspaper is a weekend weekly,...

  • Blogger covers another side of ANC Polokwane conference

    Of all the news reports I've read on the African National Congress (ANC) Polokwane conference so far, the live coverage from our blogger Ndumiso Ngcobo, who is at the event, has honestly been the most interesting. The ANC conference is a major event for South Africa, set to determine the next leader of the country's ruling party and perhaps the political future of the country. Ndumiso was a natural choice to be our...

  • SA sites caught up in Google PageRank 'carnage'

    About a month ago, Google's latest pagerank updates saw a number of major international news sites, A-list bloggers and local sites have their rankings slashed. There was speculation in the international blogosphere that Google's move had to do with the legitimate practice of sites selling paid links, however this is unconfirmed as Google has yet to comment on the move. Pagerank is the formula Google uses to determine the order in which search...