The South African Mainstream Press in the Online Environment: Successes, Opportunities and Challenges

Mabweazara, Hayes (2014) The South African Mainstream Press in the Online Environment: Successes, Opportunities and Challenges. In: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures. Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 34-48. ISBN 9781138689190

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The proliferation of online media platforms has placed traditional media houses under pressure to revisit their existing business plans while journalists have been prompted to redefine their professional identities. In many parts of the world, the rise of new media platforms for the delivery of news has raised questions -– and often panic – about the implications for traditional or ‘legacy’ media. In African contexts, where access to online platforms cannot be taken for granted, or is distributed highly asymmetrically according to rural-urban, class, ethnic and gender divides, different business models and professional practices are emerging compared to those documented in the North and postulated to have global significance. Drawing on in-depth interviews with editors and key editorial staff involved in online news production and strategic planning at three mainstream newspapers in South Africa (The Times, the Mail & Guardian and the Daily Dispatch), the chapter seeks to understand how mainstream newspapers in South Africa are reacting to the business threats and opportunities posed by the online environment.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9781138689190
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Writing & Journalism
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > Journalism
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Depositing User: Hayes Mabweazara
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 10:12
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 10:46
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2058

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