Evidence-based storytelling: Where do good stories come from?

Evidence-based storytelling: Where do good stories come from?

Despite the fast pace of the daily news cycle there is still high demand for good longform narrative feature writing. Feature stories take an in-depth look at a subject and offer a tool to make difficult information enjoyable and accessible. While is it is important...

Developing a product thinking mindset

Developing a product thinking mindset

The concept of product thinking has had a lot of hype as the solution that will save news journalism, yet its definition is nebulous as it incorporates ideas from many different sources and disciplines. In a series of virtual workshops tech journalist and entrepreneur...

Sales success comes from sticking to the science of selling

Sales success comes from sticking to the science of selling

  Developing a successful media sales strategy from scratch is daunting. How do you identify potential clients and price your content to sell? How do you secure a sales meeting and ultimately land the deal? According to digital sales guru Carl Davis, a successful...

Good writing is simple writing

Good writing is simple writing

  Early-career writers often make the mistake of thinking they need to impress their readers with poetic eloquence and linguistic gymnastics. The truth is that readers – particularly in the short-attention-span digital space - want information quickly and...

The Power of Product Thinking in newsrooms

The Power of Product Thinking in newsrooms

The product thinking concept is a revolutionary new approach in dynamic modern newsrooms shifting the focus from content-centric to being more user-centric. The paradigm shift to user-centricity has helped newsrooms build better products for their audiences. SAMIP...

How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

@TwitterSpaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter. Twitter rolled out its Clubhouse competitor in 2020 and expanded the social audio feature to a large portion of its users throughout 2021. Very similar to Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces allows live...

Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

A few global news brands have made good use of Telegram as a publishing channel. Is there an opportunity for South African publishers to do the same? A number of South African publishers have made innovative use of WhatsApp as a publishing channel: As we previously...

Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

In a SAMIP dialogue, leading independent news media shared tactics to generate reader revenue for digital newsrooms. JAMLAB's Tshepo Tshabalala wrote up some of the key insights The business of news publishing has become a challenge now more than ever. Media...

Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

What does it take to build a sustainable podcast in the global South? Maybe it’s just that we’re all stuck at home, but it feels like there’s been an exciting uptick in podcasting among the cohort of media organisations in the South Africa Media Innovation Program...