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    Nkandla vs. Oscar Pistorius in tweets

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    Nkandla vs. Oscar Pistorius in tweets

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Earlier this week I put together a small set of scripts to track the amount of attention the Oscar Pistorius trial was getting in Twitter. With not only local but also international audiences keen to follow the murder trial of the celebrity athlete it wasn’t

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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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    Saniti: September 2011

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    Saniti: September 2011

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    It’s been a little longer in the coming this month but finally: The September list of South Africa’s most influential news organisations on Twitter. For the full story check out MediaHack.

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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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    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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