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Broadcast takes on social media in the world of politics

Live TV broadcasts of political rallies, funerals and press conferences, may be more decisive than social media in shaping mass debate in South Africa

How do we write about Winnie’s life sympathetically?

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy should not be reduced to the uncomplicated heroism that exemplifies today’s personality politics

A Zulu in New York

In 1990, a few months after his release from jail, Nelson Mandela toured the United States and helped cement Americans' popular associations with SA.

Rebel Radio

Experience of low power FM technology in the United States could show the way for greater media diversity in South Africa. Sean Jacobs reports.

Cosmetic Change

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.

Stymied Rights

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.

A Pawn in Their Game

<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.

Storm Signals

Was Hurricane Katrina a "perfect storm" for the US mainstream media or signs of a sea change in the country's journalism? Sean Jacobs considers the coverage.

Yobs and Snobs

In South Africa there's no broadsheet snobbery of the type David Bullard remembers as a kid in the UK. So why doesn't the <i>Sunday Times</i> come out in tabloid form?

Back to Politics

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.

Back Biting

Who hasn't David Bullard had a go at in the last three years? The column has not been what one would call balanced journalism, but it has upset some important people and raised a few smiles.

Get an Opinion

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.

Niche Work, If You Can Get It

David Bullard argues that, just like the era of the niche bank, the era of the niche magazine will be a short one. Is there a similar smell to the hype?

When (White) Girls Go Missing

US TV news has a fondness for covering the disappearances of white women, the more attractive and middle-class the better. Sean Jacobs asks what this says about coverage of women in general.

The People’s CNN

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.

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