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That SA newspaper circulation is in decline is common cause these days but the latest set of figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations of SA (ABC) figures – for the first quarter of 2013 – really rubs it in. Consider that we had the biggest, most compelling news event to hit SA in many … Read more
Mooi River is home to a man who reminds me what politics is supposed to be about – selfless leaders fearlessly serving the people. Ken Denysschen is the sole DA representative on the Mpofana City Council. He provides insight into how dysfunctional some small municipalities like his have become. Brace yourself.
[box]THIS PIECE was published first on MarkLives.com, the website of Herman Manson, SA’s leading commentator on marketing and advertising. (@marklives)[/box] The ABC has released circulation statistics for the period January 2013 to March 2013. Here are a couple of consumer magazine ABC numbers that popped out for us. We also updated our list of the … Read more
Little provides more pleasure than witnessing the flourishing of those once mentored. Over the years I’ve enjoyed great joy watching the progress of many whom I helped guide during their early years in financial journalism. But few public accolades struck as delighted a chord as seeing former Moneyweb colleague Micel Schenhage honoured this week as 2013 Property News Journalist of the Year. Hers is a really special achievement.
[box]As part of a series on Amps v ABCs, market-research guru Peter Langschmidt has kindly given us permission to publish this on Grubstreet. In it he argues why Amps readership levels are statistically impossible given the numbers of people per household. He then examines ways to bring these readership figures down to levels that are … Read more
Here are my Tweets from the afternoon session of the Berkshire Hathaway AGM. Have occasionally expanded the original Tweets to provide context (additions in brackets).
Much as we Tweeples like to believe otherwise, not everyone’s yet converted to Twitter. So for those who missed my live Tweeting from the Berkshire Hathaway AGM in Omaha, all the postings are together in this and the next piece. They give a great overview of what the 30 000 of us heard from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger on Saturday.
The results from Hacks/Hackers Cape Town survey on what South African full-time and freelance journos earn are out. (If you recall, they did an online survey in March — and not just to collect information on the state of our industry but with the intention of using it as an exercise to show journalists how … Read more