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Steve Matthewson
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Great post, Alison. I would be interested to know what your thoughts - or those of anyone else - are on Tweetdeck versus something like Hootsuite Pro. Colleagues here are quite divided. Also, I wonder how many newsrooms are using custom timelines (like you have in the post itself) since the feature was introduced (last year)?
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Lessons for media innovators from a great, multinational bunch of newsroom leaders. Very proud to be part of this publication and to have been a student with such an amazing group of people.
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Really interested to see what all the participants - but particularly my colleagues from BDlive/Times Media Live - come up with at this Hackday! Wish I could be there.
 
Sub-Saharan Africa’s first newsroom Hackday takes place this weekend in Cape Town  (September 6 -7, 2013), organised by +Global Editors Network +African Media Initiative (AMI) and +Google Africa 

14 teams from across South Africa will compete to build the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website, with expert support from the initiative’s sponsors and organisers.  

Each 3-person team will consist of a journalist, a designer and a developer.  They will use public data or other content to build mobile apps or digital tools that help audiences become ‘active citizens’ by better understanding or engaging with the world around them.

Media24, is sending separate teams from its Media24 Digital News, Media24 Magazines Digital Division, +News24.com and 
+CityPressOnline divisions.  Other media who are sending teams include BDFM (the publishers of +BDlive Business Day and Financial Mail), the Cape Times, Daily Maverick, the Eyewitness News (from +Talk Radio 702 and +567 CapeTalk), the Oxpeckers Center for Environmental Investigative Journalism, +SABC Digital News, the South African Press Association (Sapa), the Sunday Times, and West Cape News.  The Johannesburg chapter of digital newsroom pioneers, Hacks/Hackers, is also sending a team.

Preliminary ideas submitted by teams range from mobile apps to help citizens report corruption / bribes or potholes, to tools for helping citizens track election promises made by politicians, and tools for choosing schools and then monitoring their performance.

The best projects built at the hackathon will be in line to win R20,000 in cash, as well as tickets to the next GEN Summit in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2014.  There, the South Africa winners will compete against their counterparts from around the world, at the annual Editors Lab Hackathon.

#EditorsLab #Code4Africa 
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Most newspapers and magazines use bylines to identify the journalists who write their articles. The Economist, however, does not. Its articles lack bylines and its journalists remain anonymous. Why? http://econ.st/151Q4tx #theeconomist170  
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Interesting new European survey:  "We’ve all heard the damning indictment - technology destroys jobs. While it is true that the digital revolution disrupts the workplace - just as the Industrial Revolution swept away many artisan professions such as weavers - a new report by University of Leuven researchers tells a fascinating story of how the high tech revolution is, surprisingly, creating an explosion in non-high tech jobs in Europe. Indeed, for every one high-tech job created, more than four additional non-high tech jobs are created in the same region."
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An interesting research output (barely done any justice by the news piece on it!) commendable for the effort devoted. The insight remains blurred though, almost highly inconclusive for much of the speculation involved, a matter so glaring as outlined in the conclusion of the research paper. To begin with, given the increasing predominance of technological development over the period concerned, globally;  the trend as highlighted could not be said to be unpredictable save for its depth and spread across the region, hence the need for research of the nature. Indeed, the emergence of countries such as Germany, France and to a lesser yet significant degree, the UK attest to this assertion. It is without doubt that smaller yet affluent pockets of regions such as the Scandinavian countries, endowed with little else, would latch on to high technology development and being successful to whatever extent, would reflect much higher concentrations that even the bigger countries, at a low base. The author's recommendation for "further comparative study on the contributions of the high tech sector through the lens of other measures of economic vitality" is absolutely critical for the findings to stand ground. The rest is a matter of course.
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The Smarty Ring sends smartphone updates directly to your finger. Learn more about this and 9 other innovations in Top 10 Tech This Week: http://on.mash.to/INxFJ2
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Nice work by my colleagues from BDlive!
 
How do you extract business intelligence from the news? The 
+BDlive team at #EditorsLab  created NewsLink to reveal the hidden relationships between the people and companies in the news. NewsLink also takes the "temperature" of the political economy, to track the influence of public figures. 

The early alpha prototype sketches the framework for NewsLink, and will in future be integrated with network analysis engines such as +Poderopedia.
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When 3D printing is a matter of life and death. Meet Kaiba, a young boy who probably wouldn't be alive right now without 3D printing: 
http://on.mash.to/151Xkpd

#3dprinting   #medicine   #innovation   #longreads  
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The Google Big Tent in Midrand this morning was really worthwhile.

Although the focus was on the digital economy and big picture stuff like capital raising for entrepreneurs, ICT regulation and how we need to teach kids to be innovative, there was one, very emotional moment that stole the show for me.

Google evangelist and father of the internet Vint Cerf choked up when he was talking about the moment his wife got a cochlear implant for the first time and how it changed their lives (it was in reference to his point about neural electronics). I think it reminded everyone that the changes technology is supposed to bring are ultimately about making the lives of individuals better, happier, richer.
#BigTentZA  
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  • BDFM (Times Media Group)
    Group Managing Editor, 2012 - present
    I help coordinate 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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Steve is a journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently Managing Editor at BDFM (a division of the Times Media Group) incorporating Business Day, BDlive, the Financial Mail and a number of other digital platforms.
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Love the media business. Love my weekends. Always learning.
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  • 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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