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    That awkward moment when your competitors use your column to promote their paywall

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The past couple of years have seen a fair amount of mud-slinging between the Times Media Group (TMG) and Independent Media but this week it reached a new crescendo.
    It began with a piece by Financial Mail’s Ann Crotty in which she asked if Independent

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    Instagramming the city

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    Instagramming the city

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    As part of some testing earlier today I was playing around with Instagram. I’ve never been a heavy user of Instagram but I was looking setting up an account for our newsroom. Along the way I got distracted by some of the great pictures I

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    SA Hacks List gets an update

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    SA Hacks List gets an update

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    A couple of years ago I started a small project to collect the Twitter handles of South African journalists. That first iteration was done using a Google spreadsheet but it quickly got complicated. The second version was built using a database, some PHP code

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    Re-inventing the newsroom

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    Re-inventing the newsroom

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I was fortunate enough to spend part of Tuesday listening to David Boardman (@dlboardman), the former editor of the Seattle Times, talk about how his newspaper had re-invented itself to take on the significant challenges the newsprint industry is facing. It is a success story of

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    This is why big media is broken

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    This is why big media is broken

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    If you have anything to do with big media you’ll have heard, no doubt repeatedly, how the internet is killing the news business; how a rag-tag bunch of internet lowlifes are ruining the business for everyone. At least that’s the concept that big media would

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    Sink or swim: Digital publishers need to be bold

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    Sink or swim: Digital publishers need to be bold

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    With 270,000 digital subscribers and close to one-third of our revenues coming from digital, the FT’s impossible plan for paid content online is now a success.
    FT.com’s MD Rob Grimshaw writes in Wired that, from the FT’s experience, the market for digital news is more flexible

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    400+ South African journalists on Twitter

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    400+ South African journalists on Twitter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    The past month has been pretty hectic with big changes afoot on the work front (more on that shortly). As a result of the general mayhem I’ve been ignoring the this blog for far too long. Time to rectify that.
    In my previous post I

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    A Black Tuesday clothing hack

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    A Black Tuesday clothing hack

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    My Black Tuesday shirt. I’m not sure this was the original intention when @mybroadband gave me this shirt but with the addition of a small red gag I think it serves a purpose.
    Support the Right2Know campaign and oppose the Protection of [State] Information

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    eBooks: part of a survival strategy for news organisations

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    eBooks: part of a survival strategy for news organisations

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s pretty obvious now that if news publishers want to survive this rough period they’re going to have to be smart, clever and brave. In particular they’re going to look beyond their traditional markets to new ventures that draw on existing skills but tap into

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    When printed newspapers become too expensive to survive

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    When printed newspapers become too expensive to survive

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Today’s quote of the day comes via The New York Times and is from MediaNews chief John Paton who heads up the US’s second-largest news publisher. On the future of print Paton had this to say:
    At some point, print is going to cost more

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