The #KohlerBarnard tweet storm presents interesting social media lessons

I joined Dumisani Hlophe, Jessie Duarte (Deputy General Secretary of the ANC) and Phumzile van Damme (Democratic Alliance National Spokesperson) on ANN7 last night, where we were discussing a tweet storm emanating from a Facebook post that was shared 2 weeks ago by Diane Kohler-Barnard - South Africa's Democratic Alliance MP, whose screen grab ended on Twitter yesterday morning. South Africa being the…

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Differentiating blogging from journalism

It is easy to confuse popularity with professionalism; hence with time bloggers believe they are journalists. Bloggers think writing and posting entries is a journalistic approach. Blogging is more editorial and filtered and a passion, whereas journalism is a paid profession and all about balance and being unbiased. Sarah Arrow said blogging has become one…

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Is Twitter putting traditional media out of business?

Traditional media is also referred to as Old media, has been around for many years, dating as far back as the oldest surviving book, the Diamond Sutra, published in 868 AD. Over the years, traditional media had grown and maintained a monopoly when it comes to reaching an audience. Advertising has been one of the cornerstones of…

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Should digital media be a core subject in Journalism?

Digital content development should be a core subject in Journalism qualifications. Whether digital should be part of anything that resembles producing new media practitioners is no longer debatable. It is imperative for every journalism qualification to include a course in digital media. The advent of cell phones and the Internet has revolutionized news consumption. News is increasingly…

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PART 1: Its an opportunity cost

My point of view Opportunity cost is a word known too well by the masses in the commerce world and by those who take interest in knowing. It is a phrase that reflects the sacrifice of one thing over another. Well the harsh reality of life is that you cannot have it all, something needs…

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