Does black-owned media in the US offer better coverage of minority issues than its mainstream counterparts? Sean Jacobs says not, which explains why shaking up the racial make-up of South African journalism is not enough.
In a look back at media coverage of the Cape's "Manenberg Tornado", Sean Jacobs remembers that the local press can be as dismissive of citizens' socio-economic right as US media were during and after Hurricane Katrina.
<i>New York Times</i> reporter Judith Miller abetted the illegal activities of White House officials in a campaign to smear a whistle-blower. Sean Jacobs writes that her jail sentence was more a statement on the sorry state of journalism than a heroic protection of her sources.
US consumers see political campaigns as no different to any other product-based advert, so the last three years has seen the emergence of new media forms that challenge the inclination to tune out. Sean Jacobs reflects on the successes.
South Africa is sorely missing a real journal of opinion, of the ilk of the US's <i>The Nation</i>. Sean Jacobs looks at the lessons held in the memoirs of <i>The Nation</i>'s publisher, Victor Navasky.
A Latin American regional television news network is due to be launched in Venezuela this month. Sean Jacobs says SABC Africa could learn from the station's strategy for challenging Western media's hegemony.
Forced onto the backfoot by poor ping and overseas servers, African gamers are getting creative in an attempt to play one of the biggest competitive games. In the second instalment of our gaming corner, we chat to some of the innovators