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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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    Oscar Pistorius: day 11 morning session in words

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    Oscar Pistorius: day 11 morning session in words

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    We’re into the 11th day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial and during a particularly long, drawn out pre-lunch session I was messing around with the a large collection of tweets from the morning’s session that I had collected. What to do with almost 10,000

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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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    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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    300+ SA journalists on Twitter and counting

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    300+ SA journalists on Twitter and counting

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    UPDATE: I have moved the lists of South African journalists on Twitter to a new home. That list can be found here. You can read more about the new list here. 
    Last year @RayJoe and I developed a list of South African journalists on Twitter. Over the past

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    Social media and journalists: a simple but complex problem

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    Social media and journalists: a simple but complex problem

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Every time a major news organisation releases its social media guidelines for staff the debate about journalist conduct on social networks goes ballistic. The is now the case on the back of the Associated Press updating its social media guidelines (PDF) last week.
    Most commentators are

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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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    SA’s most influential news organisations on Twitter for September

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    SA’s most influential news organisations on Twitter for September

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    This month’s list of “most influential news organisations on Twitter” is here. This September edition of Saniti is a little later than usual, with good reason. I have been working on some other related projects which I hope will be available in the coming weeks.
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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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    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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