If you are a person who fears or dislikes new apps, and you also happen to be a journalist, then this article is for you. Find out the easiest-to-use apps indispensable to your writing job!   BY KYLA CLOETE As journalists in the 21st century, we are in an era of ever-evolving technology. We need apps, and I am not just talking about Whatsapp! I am talking about video editing apps and teleprompting apps and photoshop apps and call recording apps. With the

How Digital Journalists can rank higher with these Skills and Resources

    It takes more than good writing to be a digital journalist. Here are seven skills and websites to help you succeed.   BY NATACHJA DE WEBER     Unlike regular reporting, digital journalism demands some extra talents. Author of Who Moved My Job? Mark Kobayashi-Hillary advises that you be multi-skilled. He believes that mastering the basics such as interview techniques and reporting is not enough. Along come picture editing, SEO knowledge and some basic coding skills.   Picture your story Using images has become a big part of web journalism, but you

Essential magazine journalism skills for the future

  What skills do magazine journalists need to make the crossover to digital media? A rapid increase in the advancement of technology has disrupted and transformed many industries. The magazine journalism industry is no exception. Our favourite magazines now exist in print as well as digital format, while others no longer exist in their print form at all. This digital wave brings with it a new set of expectations from users as their media consumption habits continually change.   BY FEROZA VAN DER MERWE     Social

How the modern newsroom has evolved, and why it’s a good thing

With the privilege of an insider’s view into the evolution of Fairfax Media NZ’s newsroom, KIMBERLEY ROSS lends a voice of support to the ‘modern newsroom’.   Transformation has loomed large over the industry, and newsroom changes have often been seen in a negative light. Criticisms include: Fewer journalists, fewer voices and perspectives on a given topic. Less time and resources, lower quality journalism. Content more commercially guided by views, clicks and immediacy. Important journalism taking a back seat. More detail can be found in posts

Five Apps to Kick-start Your Magazine Journalism Career – by Fatima Bheekoo-Shah

  While your Moleskine may never go out fashion, technology changes at a rapid pace. These five apps get you to work more effectively and can give you a head start in your writing career. 1. App for jotting down journalism ideas We all know that story ideas can pop up by just about anywhere. And the worst is not having a pen and paper when this happens. Not a problem, make a note of it on your Evernote app. The app stores

Top Digital Magazines – Five Ways Writers at ‘The Economist’ Do Things Differently

    The Economist digital magazine attracts 32 million page views per month, making it the envy of the publishing world. Find out the reasons for The Economist’s digital success with SHARLENE NAAIDOO, as she examines the unconventional methods setting this digital magazine apart.   The Economist has always strayed off the beaten path; their approach can be summed up by their 1990s slogan "The Economist – not read by millions of people". It is this very tendency to throw out the rulebook has

Six Indispensable Apps for a Journalist

  BY THERSIA BREEDT These easy-to-use apps will make your career as a journalist easier.   We all know journalists need to be up-to-date with the latest news. They also need to be current with the latest apps that will make their working life easier. We give you the lowdown on six indispensable apps for your smartphone, iPad or computer.     Dropbox for saving and sharing articles and photos Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you

Five Trends Reveal How Print Media Is Evolving in the Digital Age

BY FADY ZAKI Is there a future for newspapers? Can the magazine industry survive? Is print journalism dead? For two decades, these headlines have popped up in the news. It's true that with the ongoing digital tsunami, many newspapers and magazines will continue to decline in circulation and some have had to shut down, but predicting their total demise is an exaggeration that ignores many factors: the different markets they cater to, the demands of their target audiences, and, most importantly,

Skills Needed for Magazine Journalism: Why the Soft Ones Count – by Jane Schiever

  Many magazine journalists think that their ability to write well is what secures them their next job. But editors at big publishing houses tell a different story. They claim it’s the marriage of good human (soft) skills with technical skills that makes them commission one freelancer above another. Are you paying enough attention to your human skills to become a great writer? Here are five soft skills worth developing.   1.         Good Communication Skills Whether it’s chatting over a cup of tea, a

How Your Smart Phone Can Help Your Journalism Career

We live in a fast-paced world where what’s new today is old news tomorrow. It’s relatively easy for a writer to keep up with what’s trending; the problem lies with processing the information overload. The solution? Your smart phone. Nicolette Louw looks at how this clever gadget can make your writing life easier. Information Highway Internet Research 13.0 claims that “…journalism has undergone profound changes as people seeking information increasingly turn to the internet and mobile apps for news and community.” Reading a

Magazine Journalism Skills Upgrade: Career-proof Your Future

  Emerging from the bleakest times in journalistic history, what can magazine journalists do to future-proof their career? Beverley Whitehead crystallises an approach for the insightful storytellers of a new era. The mix of digital journalism evokes an image of a rainbow cocktail. Stir together your knack for killer interviews, accurate research and compelling writing. Add a twist of innovation for how digital platforms (mobiles, blogs and online magazines) and multi-media blends (video, audio and images) can connect you to your readers.

The Principles of Online Journalism: Why we must adhere to core values – by Samantha Moolman

It doesn’t take a qualified journalist anymore to publish the news. Thanks to online media, the public can now inform themselves and each other via various platforms and social networks. Any Joe Soap has access to previously unknown information, so the journalist’s original privilege of being able to disseminate new information has become redundant. So are qualified journalists even necessary anymore? I believe that the consumer will always be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. People will read what appeals

Five reasons print journalism can’t die, yet – by Carl Beck

People keep saying print journalism is dead. But here are five quirky reasons why print isn’t going away anytime soon. 1. Teenage girls need to plaster their walls with something You know. Justin Bieber. One Direction. Or whoever else your teenage daughter has a crush on. Sure she’ll have him on her wallpaper and screensaver, but it’s not the same as lying there at night before she turns the lights off or waking up in the morning to the boy of her

Four ways to keep up with the future of Magazine Journalism – by Katy Moran

The world we live in is constantly changing. One way this is clear, is how our professional and personal lives are moving online. As journalists, we now face the challenge of managing both our on- and off-line selves.  These four tips will help you stay ahead of the curve.  1.       Move your Author Profile Online Gone are the days where you are born, live, work and die in the same town. Now you can write a feature for a magazine on the

The New Media Revolution: Adapt or Die by Samantha Moolman

  News production is not what it used to be. A good journalist these days cannot rely solely on faxed press releases and anonymous phone calls to get the scoop. Trips to the library are a rarity and publishing the news hours after the fact will soon become (if it isn’t already) a big no-no. The Internet has revolutionised the way journalists gather and disseminate new information. It has also redefined news values, especially with regard to immediacy. Web 2.0 has flooded

Writing for the Web is a Matter of Survival – by Karen Lotter

Writing for the Web is very different from Writing for Print. Honest. I'm not just saying so ‘cause I want to make some bucks from my Writing for the Web Course at The Writers College. (Well, that would be good too, but this article is a bit more about the why's and how's, rather than the smoking new iPad that I want to buy). Writing for the Web is a matter of survival. People Read Differently on the Web The first reason you need to

Amazon Launches Kindle Singles, Saves Long-Form Journalism

Amazon has launched Kindle Singles, one-off pieces of non-fiction and journalism which are typically much shorter than a novel, but longer than a magazine article. The Kindle Singles can be read on any of the many Kindle platforms, from the Kindle itself through smart-phones to Amazon’s desktop Kindle client. They are priced accordingly, from $1 to $5. The first set of Kindle Singles, launched in January 2011, included original reporting, essays, memoirs, fiction, and some works from famous writers. Amazon says it

Broadcast Journalism Not Dead, Just Changing, says Mark Effron

The field of Broadcast Journalism has evolved so quickly that journalists aren't even sure what the field is called anymore. Is it electronic journalism? Multimedia journalism? New media Journalism? Apart from the technological changes in the way news stories are captured and digitally relayed, the people working in the industry have faced drastic changes in the past five years. Here's what Mark Effron, chief operating officer of TitanTV and former executive with MSNBC and Post-Newsweek stations, says in his article Broadcast Journalism Not Dead, Just

Journalism is Evolving

According to Vadim Lavrusik, Community Manager and Social Strategist at Mashable (, journalists now need to possess multimedia skills to tell stories through video, text, graphics, audio and photos. You need to be able to do it all, under pressure, the quintessential one-man-band. His article "8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist" details the following characteristics for future journalists. 1. Entrepreneurial and Business Savvy "You need to be able to do it all, under pressure, the quintessential one-man-band." 2. Programmer 3. Open-minded Experimenter 4. Multimedia Storyteller 5. The Social