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Selling horses when consumers prefer sports cars: The fundamental product problem of legacy news providers in the digital world

Presentation of Robert G. Picard to the “On digital distribution’s failure to solve newspapers’ existential crisis: Symptoms, causes, consequences and remedies” panel at the International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego, California, May 25-29, 2017

Rhodes University’s SPI wins landmark media summit for Africa

GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Fifteen years ago, Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in South Africa introduced the study of media management and leadership for newsrooms in Africa and the developing world, making it the first such institution in Africa to teach this relatively new academic discipline.

Singers, actors and a ‘Pinot lover’ in SPI’s 2017 Class of media managers

The 2017 Class of the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management) at the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership at Rhodes University once again resembles a mini-United Nations of Africa.

Financial challenges stifle community media in Southern Africa -- UNESCO study

Researcher Meli Ncube GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Community media in Southern Africa faces a continuing financial crisis that is limiting its vital role of empowering the communities it serves as the ‘voice of the voiceless’ in an era of global information abundance, according to a new study released this week.

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