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  • Author: Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.
    Will the world be worse off if e-books fail? Yes, says Margaret Atwood

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    Will the world be worse off if e-books fail? Yes, says Margaret Atwood

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    In a recent interview published on the Globe and Mail site, author Margaret Atwood was asked: Will the world be worse off if e-books fail? In typical style Atwood responded:
    Well, first let us picture what kind of event might lead to that: 1. Solar

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    Twitter Wire: Atwood on e-books, The Economist on new formats and Murdoch’s Daily

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    Twitter Wire: Atwood on e-books, The Economist on new formats and Murdoch’s Daily

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Margaret Atwood talks e-books, publishing and the future of reading.
    Felix Salmon on how blogging has changed journalism.
    7 tips for journalists using social media to build credibility.
    Is Murdoch’s Daily stumbling? Estimates put subscribers at just 5,000.
    Beyond print: The Economist on building

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    Morning coffee and a media news round-up

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    Morning coffee and a media news round-up

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Time to kick off the day with a quick whip-around of the stories making the headlines this morning. First up, online surpasses print. In case you missed it yesterday, online ad revenues and readership exceeded print for this first time in 2010. This is

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    When all you need is a great ampersand

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    When all you need is a great ampersand

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Sometimes all it takes is one character to turn a plain piece of text into a great one. And that one character is the ampersand.
    Here in South Africa think of the iconic Mail&Guardian brand, for example. Take away the & and you have nothing

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    Grammar-phone: A metaphor staves off loneliness

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    Grammar-phone: A metaphor staves off loneliness

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    This made me smile this morning. Sparks‘ song Metaphor, from their Hello Young Lovers album, is exactly what it says it is: A song about metaphors. No masquerading here. It also has a catchy tune and offers sage, entertaining advice on the benefits of using

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    Modern journalist: Using advanced search to make the most of Twitter

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    Modern journalist: Using advanced search to make the most of Twitter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Twitter is fast becoming the go-to place for breaking news. If it happens in the world it’s probably on Twitter, somewhere. Which is all well and good considering there are in excess of 200 million Twitter accounts registered, but as a journalist how can you

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    Google grant to boost digital journalism in Africa, Europe, Middle East

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    Google grant to boost digital journalism in Africa, Europe, Middle East

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Providing new opportunity for Africa media workers, Google has announced a $2.7 million (R18.8m)fund to promote innovation in digital journalism in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
    The grant, which was awarded to the Vienna-based International Press Institute, will be used to sponsor the IPI

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    Fontastic: The best in kinetic typography

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    Fontastic: The best in kinetic typography

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I’m a bit of a typography geek. Not in that boring, drone-on-and-on kind of way (I hope) but I am fascinated by the work and skill that it takes to produce a beautiful piece of type.
    So naturally, when @gendor tweeted earlier today with a

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    Chilean miners and the future of news

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    Chilean miners and the future of news

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners this week dominated world headlines. Even here in South Africa people were glued to televisions, every newspaper ran the story as their lead, and social networks were jammed with posts about the ongoing rescue

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    Johnny Cash and collaboration

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    Johnny Cash and collaboration

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I’m a pretty big fan of the man in black. Over the years Johnny Cash has come to represent not only the finest in songwriting but also the realities and aspirations of the average person. He had his highs (in all senses of the word)

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