Frenemy mine: The pros and cons of social partnerships for online media companies — Gigaom Research

How should online media companies evaluate social media opportunities? Frenemy mine: The pros and cons of social partnerships for online media companies — Gigaom Research.


A Quick Tour Of The New York Times’ Twitter Graveyard

BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel’ very unscientific exploration of New York Times editorial staff’s twitter accounts.

via A Quick Tour Of The New York Times’ Twitter Graveyard.

Apple iBeacons: what are they and what do they mean for retail?

The Guardian examines Apple iBeacons and how they could be used.

Apple iBeacons: what are they and what do they mean for retail?

Apple iBeacons: what are they and what do they mean for retail?

Tshwane free Wi-Fi launches in 5 areas | News24

This is a pilot project worth watching.

Tshwane free Wi-Fi launches in 5 areas | News24.

The psychology of spreading news on social media

Sharing fast and slow: The psychological connection between how we think and how we spread news on social media » Nieman Journalism Lab.

Google developing social media robot

Google patents social media helper that could post for us.

Web inventor in surveillance warning

Web inventor in surveillance warning

Mobile is eating the world — Benedict Evans

It’s not clear what mobile will look like in five years time: “web, web apps, native apps, push notifications, deep links, OS integration… and much more to come”.

Mobile is eating the world, autumn 2013 edition — Benedict Evans.

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm

A humorous depiction of the thing we should all be afraid of getting caught up in, or excited about creating for a client (depending on which part they play).

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm.

Where is wearable tech headed? — Tech News and Analysis

The next big things. Do we really want them?

5 Ways Cities Are Using Big Data

Big data improving urban efficiency.

Politicsweb – SA`s media: The old is dying, the new is struggling to be born – Top stories

Is South African print about to fall off the edge? You’ve got to wonder: who will survive the transition and how?

Politicsweb – SA`s media: The old is dying, the new is struggling to be born – Top stories.

How big data is changing the world

Bus stops tweeting and other things on the Internet.

ICT in developing countries: A cross-sectoral snapshot

Link and summary by Nandipha Nondzube

Taking a ‘snapshot’ though development of Information and
Communication Technology, platforms in relation to not for profit organisation in third world countries. This article tries to establish whether Information and communication technologies, are of aid to social issues, faced by different organisations in developing countries.

New Media technologies and Journalism Ethics in Zimbabwean

Link and summary by Robin Chaibva

The link to the following scholarly article on the ethical challenges faced by Zimbabwean journalists. The use of the new media technologies and their ethical use is also affected by the socio-political, economic and technological landscape in Zimbabwe. The journal article is a paper from the University of Venda.

Legal & Ethical Issues in Digital Media

Link and summary by Soraiya Shah

What is the role of social media platforms in monitoring what users say, upload and share online? Should companies like Twitter and Facebook ‘police’ their customers and where is the moral line drawn against that of free speech? Who’s responsibility is it when a tragedy stems from what is commonly called ‘cyber-bullying’ and are there really laws that can stymie this social phenomenon?

The Lasting Impact of Digital Media on Civil Society

Link and summary by Yvonne Amukwaya

Civil society groups use the internet as a logistical tool for organization and communication. The Web affords them an information infrastructure independent of the state, one in which social movements can grow. Digital media and social networking also allows people to not only be consumers but reporters. Therefore now more than ever, these various platforms can strengthen and promote democracy. In this article, Philip Howard discusses the ways in which the new information technologies are profoundly reshaping political culture.

Wireless media for the marginalised

Link and summary by Amy van Wyk

Universities in the UK have joined in a combined effort towards developing a current wireless network for digital media libraries in villages across rural South Africa. The wireless infrastructure will be used to research and develop the effects of mobile phones, gearing most efforts towards media content for education, health, agriculture as well as other social welfare purposes.

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Link and summary by Sally Kumwenda

Digital media raises some ethical challenges for journalists and media practitioners. But what are these technological ethical issues raised for students, scholars and media practitioners? In addition, what do we understand by media ethics in the digital age? John V. Pavlic explains more on this.

Theorising Digital Storytelling for research & development

Link and summary by David Williams

This reading from Queensland University of Technology in Australia introduces a term we should know “Co-creative media”, a tool for describing the ways in which participatory media are facilitated by people and organizations, not just technology. As a result of this, the particular participatory media practice from which the concept of co-creative media emerges is ‘digital storytelling’.

Digital storytelling is a set of collaborative digital media production techniques that have been used to facilitate social participation. This is similar to participatory journalism in the sense that public citizens play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting and disseminating news and information. This paper looks at describing co-creative media, digital story-telling and its value in social media research.

#263Chat a platform for Zimbabwean Conversations

Link and summary by Robin Chaibva

Blogger, Nigel Mugamu started a hashtag on Twitter to talk about the grievances faced by Zimbabweans on Twitter “#263Chat”. Helping to inform Zimbabweans on Twitter about the economic, political and social issues in the country. It has resulted in live 263Chat round table events with key players in Zimbabwe. The following article is an article on his blog explaining what 263 Chat does

How to be ethical in social media

Link and summary by Dudu Luthuli

Social media is being used more and more by businesses. With this, there seems to be confusion about ethics surrounding one’s social presence. Do you have to have two separate Facebook accounts (one personal and one professional) in order to respect these unspoken online laws? This short article suggests a simple online etiquette that can help you remain as professional as possible online.

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Saving the world through social media

Link and summary by Dudu Luthuli

Not only is social media bringing on interesting ways to communicate with one another, but it is now being used to promote development projects across the world. Rwanda Health Minister uses Twitter as a platform to communicate with the people of Rwanda to find out what pleases them and what doesn’t, Read more here:

5 development projects using digital media

Link and summary by Lungisa Lusawana

Mobile phones have made internet access affordable and easy. This article lists 5 development projects that have tapped into digital media in order to link with citizens.

Technology, a culture where privacy is disrespected.

Link and summary by Lungisa Lusawana

Digital media has enabled journalists to bypass the old journalistic models of gathering information. With the right tools they can tap into places that were previously thought to be ethically out of bounds. This article is about the Bloomberg Uproar; reporters caught using company’s resources to access private information on clients.

Legal risks of online publishing

Link and summary by Madalitso Ziba.

An individual/companies can be sued for publishing someone?s private or personal information online without their permission. This applies even when the provided facts are accurate. Publishing information that harms the reputation of another person, group or an organization also makes internet users liable for defamation or false light.

Transforming journalism … 140 characters at a time

Summary and link by Lwando Helesi

The advent of social media has spawned both opportunities and threats for the profession of journalism. The question that emerges, however, is where do journalists draw the line between using social networks for professional reporting and for personal capacities? Journalism ethics and guidelines need to be revisited.

The Shifting Private-Public Axis and the Rejuvenation of Ethics

Link and summary by Nandipha Nondzube

“What interests the public and what is in the public interest”, journalist need to realize that there is a fine line between those two sentiments. Digital hacking and tapping into phones are some of the ethical issues bought on by digital media. This article deals with the lengths that newspapers will go in order ‘To Get That Story’.

Unavoidable Ethical Dilemmas for Digital Journalists

Link and summary by Wandisile Somdyala

Digital media has introduced a variety of new issues to the field of journalism. Ethical issues, with the advent of digital media now have different forms to which they take. Sally Lehram of the Markkula Centre for Applied Ethics in Santa Clara University captures some of the unavoidable Ethical Dilemma’s for digital journalists.

Managing Risk, Reputation and Identity of Young Adults in a Social Media Environment

Link and summary by Nicole Swanepoel

A very interesting read indeed! This article highlights the issues surrounding young people’s social media etiquette and how, by tweeting the ‘wrong’ thing you could harm your reputation immensely. It provides practical suggestions for creating awareness of how to manage risk, reputation and identity in a socially networked society.

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Twitter Abuse Petition Attracts Over 30,000 Signatures

Link and summary by Buhle Nkonki

Should Twitter introduce a report button? It’s after 30,000 petitioned the site over a woman who says she was threatened with rape. Twitter is now compelled to take online abuse seriously and involve the police as well.

Measuring Non-Profit Newsroom Impact Easier Said Than Done

Link and summary by Buhle Nkonki

Beyond funding, journalists can use impact assessments to improve their ability to track their local communities. The need to improve editorially is most critical to investigative journalists as these journalists hope their work brings change in communities. Therefore newsroom assessment is important regardless of challenges faced.

Convergence strategy ‘inevitable’ for South Africa’s Telkom

Link and summary by Dudu Luthuli

Although we have been looking at convergence in the media world, it is also important to have a look at where the future of SA lies in the telecommunications world. If Telkom sees the need to move to a more mobile strategy, especially via their 8ta service, this may be important for media companies to take note of. Read more here:

LinkedIn Vies for Teens’ Attention Against Facebook, Twitter |

Will teenagers really adopt LinkedIn? They might if they want to go to college or university, or if they want to find work.

Twitter by the Numbers: 20 Amazing Social Stats [INFOGRAPHIC]

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens’ emails and phone calls

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens’ emails and phone calls

Why the Sale of the Washington Post Seems So Significant – Atlantic Mobile

What will Jeff Bezos do to the Washington Post? Why should we care?

Study Links TV Viewership and Twitter Conversations –

Twitter turns on the TV…∣=tw-nytimes&


Summary and link by Soraiya Shah

In 2011 the United Nations, made a statement that said more than four million Kenyans are threatened by starvation in the region’s worst drought in 60 years. In response to this Kenya’s largest mobile operator, Safaricom, alongside other corporates and the public got together under the banner of ‘KenyansforKenya’.

The imitative was one of the most successful on a global scale with individuals and corporates able to donate as little as Ksh.1 or more to the fund via MPesa or via their banks…

Digital media turns summer breaks to summer rebuilding

Link and summary by Moroa Mopeli

Instead of spending summer vacation watching television or hanging out with friends or being left out from summer vacation employment, students from California Central Valley were introduced to Linked Learning, a programme which uses web based monitoring to help High School students to prepare for tertiary education.


Link and summary by Moroa Mopeli

There is a concern as to whether the ethics and principles which were developed to govern journalism are still relevant in this era when the journalism sphere is proliferated by bloggers, citizen journalists and social media. This therefore calls for provision of integrated ethics to guide online and offline journalism.


Link and summary by Sally Kumwenda

Digital Media plays an important role in developing countries as it is used as a means to create awareness of social issues. It can also be used to drive pro-poor development agenda. It provides a platform for the marginalised to have an outlet from which their voices can be heard.

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‘Telling our own stories’: African women blogging for social change

Summary and link by Lwando Helesi

For years, feminists have long fought for representation and a voice in media. The blogosphere is giving women a platform to express their views and deliberate on matters close to heart. This article explores the usage and challenges of blogging by African women for social change.

Content management and convergence needs to be carefully considered

Link and summary by Amy van Wyk

Cleeve Gibbon, a Chief Marketing Technology Officer at Cognifide in the United Kingdom speaks to the basics of content management in a media business. Such businesses should look at the production, the delivery and management of their content when disseminating such information to its audiences, he says.

Using Digital Technology to Aid in Education

Summary and Links by Mike Moodie

Digital technology platforms are reaching all corners of the earth. Whereas once tablets were seen as a gadget only for the rich, they are now being used by six year old children in classrooms in Thailand. This is one of many digital technology trends that is outlined in this article by the World Bank. I have added an additional article about the advantages of using tablets in the classroom as well as an Al Jazeera news report about how the technology is being used in Thailand.

Media Convergence and the Implications for Audiences, Institutions, and Journalism Education

Link and summary by Yvonne Amukwaya

The term ‘convergence’ is often used to describe the synergies between technology, media, and information that are changing societies worldwide. The Internet and broadband wireless devices have shifted control from news organizations to the receiver. This means that the power to decide what is seen, read, or heard is increasingly in the hands of the consumer. In this article, Jeffrey Wilkinson discusses the implications of convergence for journalists and the media.

Fighting for women’s rights via social media

Link and summary by Wandisile Somdyala

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa understands the power of digital media, in this case social media. Thus, the initiative set out a five day training course to enrich women’s rights activists on the use of social media for effective advocacy. This is an example of the use of digital media to advance development studies.

Click farms create appearance of online popularity

How low-paid workers at ‘click farms’ create appearance of online popularity

How Convergence is Impacting Today’s Business Models

Summary and Link by Mike Moodie

In this podcast, the interviewer speaks to three industry leaders about how digital convergence is effecting their business models. She speaks to the Executive Vice President for Fox Filmed Entertainment, and two global convergence leaders from Price Waterhouse Cooper. They discuss what strategies companies are developing in order to embrace convergence as well as the value and benefits of the practice.