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    SA’s top news organisations on Twitter

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    SA’s top news organisations on Twitter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s a full week into August and time for a new release of Saniti, the list of South Africa’s top news organisations on Twitter.
    This month’s table has a number of new entries, including the accounts of Eye Witness News, MoneyWeb, Finweek, The Sunday Independent

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    SA news organisations: Who tweets the most?

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    SA news organisations: Who tweets the most?

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    South African news organisations have, generally, embraced social media and jumped on the Twitter train. Media Hack already tracks and ranks many of the mainstream news organisations with the South African Newspaper Influence on Twitter Index(Saniti) but as an offshoot of that I decided to

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    SA’s most influential newspapers on Twitter: July 2011

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    SA’s most influential newspapers on Twitter: July 2011

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s a new month and time for a new Saniti update. For the uninitiated, Media Hack’s Saniti (SA Newspaper Influence on Twitter Index) rating ranks South Africa’s largest news organisations by their perceived influence on Twitter (see here and here for previous releases).
    This month’s Saniti report

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    The Media Hack newsletter

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    The Media Hack newsletter

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Finally. Today I made time to put together the bits a pieces I need to start the Media Hack newsletter. It’s something I’ve been wanting to start for ages but just haven’t had the time. Now I am ready.
    So, if you’re interested in the

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    Some intial thoughts on the Guardian’s digital-first strategy

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    Some intial thoughts on the Guardian’s digital-first strategy

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Yesterday the UK’s Guardian newspaper announced plans to restructure its operation to become a digital-first news operation. CEO Andrew Miller said that given the digital challenges faced by the Guardian and newspapers in general “doing nothing was not an option”.
    Right or wrong?
    The Guardian

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    SA’s most influential newspapers on Twitter for June

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    SA’s most influential newspapers on Twitter for June

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    With almost two months having passed since I compiled the first version of the SA Newspaper Influence on Twittter Index (Saniti for short?) I thought it time to revisit some of the numbers.
    The first index listed 18 (print-first) newspapers in SA and ranked them

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    Interactive news graphic puts readers in the picture

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    Interactive news graphic puts readers in the picture

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    There is only one story right now and that is the death of Osama bin Laden. So how to stand out from the crowd?
    The New York Times has a new take on reader feedback in the opinion poll it published today. The mood-meter (for lack

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    10 tips for writing better captions

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    10 tips for writing better captions

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Time to go a little “old school” of this public holiday with some tips for writing better captions.
    Captions are, sadly, not as common in today’s online news media as they are in printed newspapers and magazines. Nevertheless captions writing is as valuable a skill

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    George Orwell on the art of writing

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    George Orwell on the art of writing

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Sometimes it’s worth turning to the masters for advice on being a better writer. These six rules are from George Orwell’s 1946 essay Politics and the English Language and is far more succinct than I could ever manage:

    Never use a metaphor, simile or other

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    Tuesday wrap: Obama on Facebook Live, news apps and casual readers and Al Jazeera’s Stream

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    Tuesday wrap: Obama on Facebook Live, news apps and casual readers and Al Jazeera’s Stream

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s been a long day, packed with news. So quickly, before I log-off for the night, a wrap of the news that caught my eye today:

    The app divide between casual readers and news junkies
    A fascinating look at the different types on readers

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