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Eyewitness-News wins in SMS alerts

Reuters and Bloomberg have always gone head-to-head on who releases major economics news first - even if the difference is in micro-seconds. The difference triggers instant decision-making on stock markets, and those who move fastest can make the most money.

Now, three free SMS news services are getting in on the act for Jabu Public, and Primedia's Eyewitness-News seems to be the quickest. This is what I go yesterday afternoon:

3.46pm. Breaking EWN: Reserve Bank cuts interest rates by 100 basis points.

3.28pm. News24: The Reserve Bank has cut lend rates by 100 basis points.

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Budding budget analysts

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MR DELIVERY: dividing the pizza pie for students

Tips for tender young economics journalists. That's what was on the menu at a lunch today when Reg Rumney passed on advice to ten JMS students studying on scholarships from the SA Reserve Bank and Reuters.

Rumney is a veteran of reporting the budget, and is now he is bringing his expertise to education and training in his new capacity as director of the new Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa, at Rhodes journalism.

His pointers were:

* you have to find a new angle - what's different about this budget;

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