by Simone Redelinghuys
Television broadcast is far from dead, it is simply adapting and transforming. The new broadcast landscape is not just about check-ins, real-time tweets, catch up TV or instant connectivity. While television and social networks form stronger bonds and increased interactivity; researchers and media practitioners emphasise that this is not the only change social TV will bring.
by Isabelle Abraham
More than a year ago, The Economist published a story on 3D printing. This is a manufacturing technology which transforms the blueprint on your screen into a solid thing on your desk. It sounded amazing regardless of the fact that it could take away the employment of factory workers. But skip ahead into the present day and it’s not so wonderful when there’s the prospect of losing your own job to a computer. Instead of the looming death of print, there’s a new monster on journalism’s horizon:
Fourth-year journalism students from Rhodes University's New Media Lab are drumming up experience in blog writing and managing social media, and earning some money while doing so.The New Media Lab has partnered with My Digital Life (www.mydl.co.za), an online social media and blogging hub owned by business technology media company ITWeb.
My RSS feed accurately reflected this headline "R40m to turn govt paper into daily" (see below), prompting two thoughts:
1. WTH ... is government now escalating its mouthpiece to a daily?
2. That's damn cheap if that's the case...
Clicking on the actual story showed the screw-up (See the first para). So the headline reflects a sub asleep on the job, I guess. Cheapo subbing.
Outside the Port Elizabeth city hall is a sculpture telling how the Portuguese spent 300 years searching for the elusive Prester John, a mythical Christian king. Inside, the hall, in the basement, a handful of people debated this Monday in search of the perfect system for press self-regulation. Hopefully, a less futile quest!