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    Daily newspapers: a twilight industry

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    Daily newspapers: a twilight industry

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s not a pretty picture if you’re a newspaper publisher. Daily newspaper sales dropped by more than 72,000 copies over the past three months when compared with the same period last year, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) numbers released today.
    Of

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    Three things newspapers could learn from Gordon Ramsay

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    Three things newspapers could learn from Gordon Ramsay

    Posted By Alastair Otter

     

     
    I’m a fan of cooking shows. My long-suffering family has to put up with hours of Jamie, Gordon and Nigella as they turn out mouth-watering dishes that I promise to one day replicate.
    On of my favourite TV chefs is Gordon Ramsay. I ‘ve

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    No guarantees for newspapers battling change

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    No guarantees for newspapers battling change

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    News organisations are in a terrible place right now. Newspapers are dying and yet news on tablets, PCs and mobile are generating nowhere near the revenue hoped for. Even worse, it’s unlikely that these new digital platforms will ever deliver the types of revenues enjoyed during

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    F’ing news reader shines spotlight on social media

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    F’ing news reader shines spotlight on social media

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    This morning’s outburst by Radio 702 graveyard shift news reader, Mark Esterhuysen, has been the source of many jokes on Twitter this morning but it does raise an interesting issue: Should media organisations be actively monitoring their staff on social networks?
    Esterhuysen’s expletive-laden outburst (don’t listen

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    As media evolves journalists need to embrace change

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    As media evolves journalists need to embrace change

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I’ve been a journalist for the best part of two decades. In that time not much has changed. And yet, so much has. The end product, a newspaper, is largely the same as it has always been, but the processes to produce it are

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    Better live tweeting for journalists

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    Better live tweeting for journalists

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Twitter is changing news. Today many major news stories break on Twitter long before TV, radio and newspapers are able to cover them. And increasingly journalists are reporting live from the sidelines of major events putting readers in the know hours before many of them

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    News organisations could turn Twitter rumour mill to their advantage

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    News organisations could turn Twitter rumour mill to their advantage

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s no secret that I am a big Twitter fan. Twitter is almost always the first place I turn to for my daily news and it’s also the first place I go when I have news of my own to share. In between Twitter is

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    The evolving newsroom: 5 new roles for journalists

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    The evolving newsroom: 5 new roles for journalists

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s now generally accepted that journalism is changing. Readers are no longer solely reliant on newspapers for news, Twitter has accelerated the news cycle to the point where news is broken just about every minute of the day, and youngsters are growing up in a

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    265+ SA journalists on Twitter, and counting

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    265+ SA journalists on Twitter, and counting

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    What started out as a small project by Raymond Joseph (@rayjoe) and I to list a few of South Africa’s journalists on Twitter has now turned into a hefty collection of local hacks. Thanks to everyone that has been sharing, editing and updating this list

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    Seven reasons why newspaper editors should be on Twitter

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    Seven reasons why newspaper editors should be on Twitter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I recently began looking at how many of South Africa’s newspaper editors were on Twitter. The result was this list and, pleasingly, many of the country’s editors are already on Twitter, although activity levels vary significantly.
    In the process of compiling the list I began

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