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How we often miss the original organising culture of reciprocity online - and what it means for media companies.
 
Why the idea that content is free isn't only wrong, but rude.
After becoming the only UK winner of the International Press Institute's inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google, I have spent time (and the prize money) working to help news media startups in the UK and Turkey stay up.    Three years on, Javi...
After becoming the only UK winner of the International Press Institute's inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google, I have spent time (and the prize money) working to help news media startups in the UK and Turkey ...
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Gmail in isiZulu & Afrikaans!
 
Thirteen new languages for Gmail, including Afrikaans and Zulu - http://goo.gl/zRiuw5
No matter where you’re from, language shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to keeping in touch with the people you care about. Gmail is already available in 58 languages, including Amharic and Swahili, and we’re now bringing that total to 71—covering 94 percent of the world’s Internet population.

Starting today, 13 new languages are joining the Gmail family: Afrikaans, Zulu, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, and Sinhala.

Check out our blogpost here- http://goo.gl/zRiuw5
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A Collection of the Most Gorgeous and Creative Infographics and Data Visualizations Covering Brazil 2014 Fifa Football World Cup

#worldcup2014   #datavisualization   #infographic  
A Collection of the MostGorgeous and Creative Infographics and Data Visualizations Covering Brazil 2014 Fifa Football Wo…
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This piece on experimentation, innovation and failure (leadership, really) in newsrooms by Prof George Brock has been around a while already but his points are so well made they are worth sharing again. (I can't pretend to have followed all of his guidance but I know from experience that more than a few of them are utterly valid).
A panel of digital journalism experts discuss innovation pointers at the World Editors Forum in Italy, including 10 tips from Professor George Brock, head of journalism at City University London
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There’s an interesting experiment next week that will see South African journalists in Johannesburg hook up online to a media event in London, the Spring meeting of the UK’s Digital Editors Network (DEN). #visualDEN  
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What's more important? Addressing demographic diversity or digital transformation? It is an issue we face often in South African newsrooms. Steve Buttry poses some tough questions around the #NYTimes saga ...
Packing, throwing out old stuff (files & cookies) as I move into a new office as exec editor. Excited & nervous. pic.twitter.com/QkaKl0t — Jill Abramson (@JillAbramson) August 31, 2011 Bela...
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How we often miss the original organising culture of reciprocity online - and what it means for media companies.
 
Why the idea that content is free isn't only wrong, but rude.
After becoming the only UK winner of the International Press Institute's inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google, I have spent time (and the prize money) working to help news media startups in the UK and Turkey stay up.    Three years on, Javi...
After becoming the only UK winner of the International Press Institute's inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google, I have spent time (and the prize money) working to help news media startups in the UK and Turkey ...
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Sounds like this programme +Sarah Hartley is leading in Jozi next week is going to tackle some really tough issues.
 
This what's been occupying my time recently. You can get an idea of the logistics involved from the map! Very much looking forward to meeting everyone for the first time on Monday and keeping everything crossed that the planes, trains and automobiles involved bring everyone together as planned.
Here at Talk About Local we’re very excited to be embarking on a new piece of community journalism work in South Africa. At first glance, it might seem odd that a company best known for its work with the so-called hyperlocal sector (i.e people running local websites and blogs in the UK) is off on a global adventure like this. But actually we’ve been working away with some international clients for some time now – sometimes in situ (such as the en...
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I'm so with +Sarah Hartley and +William Perrin on this: Why does the growth of one format have to come at the expense of another? Long-form journalism, deep research, intimate interviews and beautiful writing ... they still have as much of a role as sliders, video, interactives and Circa-style topic synthesis.
 
Had a great day down at the #VisualDen event in London this week. As well as getting the opportunity to talk a bit about #AR (augmented reality) we heard from people we wouldn't generally bump into eg. The Sun's editor. His presentation about 20 sec video news and others about short form (cards will be the new listicles apparently) is incredibly challenging but also a little scary. Let's have all sorts of forms, keep the long reads alongside the fun of the ever shorter. So in a post-breakfast fit of inspired enthusiasm, we've floated that at Talk About Local. Will you join us? 
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Visual content is top of mind in newsrooms and boardrooms. And it's also on the agenda for next Digital Editors Network meetup hosted by the Financial Times on 5 June 2014, with a live, interactive hookup to Johannesburg. Join us at Jozihub from 2.30pm (SAST) #visualDEN  
 [Update 19/05/2014: Reserve your space at the interactive hookup to JoziHub, South Africa, HERE from 20/05/2014] Visual content is top of mind in newsrooms and boardrooms. And it's also on the agenda for next Digital Editors...
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The UK's Digital Editors Network is coming to Jozi - to Jozihub to be specific. We're hosting a fully interactive link up to the Spring meeting of this prestigious forum on the afternoon ofJune 5, followed by drinks and networking. Great line-up including Sun editor David Dinsmore, Trinity Mirror's head of data journalism David Ottewell and head of digital at The Times, Alan Hunter. Read more ...
 [Update 19/05/2014: Reserve your space at the interactive hookup to JoziHub, South Africa, HERE from 20/05/2014] Visual content is top of mind in newsrooms and boardrooms. And it's also on the agenda for next Digital Editors...
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Journalist
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Editing, writing, Digital strategy
Employment
  • Guardian Media Group
    Head: Business Professional Networks, 2014 - present
  • BDFM (Times Media Group)
    Group Managing Editor, 2012 - 2014
    Coordinated the efforts of a pretty complex, multi-platform operation serving several websites, a realtime news service, a daily newspaper and a weekly magazine.
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London
Previously
Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town - Durban
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Head: Business Professional Networks, The Guardian
Introduction
Steve is a journalist in London. He heads up the business communities in Guardian News & Media's Professional Networks.
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Love the media business. Love my weekends too. Always learning.
Education
  • University of Central Lancashire
    Journalism Leadership, 2009 - 2012
    MA in Journalism Leadership
  • University of South Africa
    Communication & English, 1998 - 2003
    BA Communication (Cum Laude)
  • Durban University of Technology
    Journalism, 1988 - 1993
    National Diploma: Journalism
  • St. Henry's Marist Brothers' College
    Matric, 1981 - 1987
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