The news “jobs to be done” – something every media entrepreneur needs to understand

The Neiman report “Be the Disruptor” is a very insightful read for anyone in the media who has to think about media as a business and how to make it work. It delivers on being an “Innovator’s Dilemma” tiny ebook focused on the media, a space that has faced some aggressive disruption even here in […]

Opera Mini Update, Offline Sharing Features and Download Apk

Opera Mini continues to be updated and the latest version supports some new features. Starting with version 50 the mobile browser has undergone a major upgrade. The company is doubling down on features that are popular. It also shares some content design with the Opera News app. In fact, you can read some news via […]

Opera News Hub, a user generated news platform

Opera News Hub, a new way for internet users in Africa to participate in the news media ecosystem is now operational in 6 Africa countries namely Nigeria (it’s top market), South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, and Cote d’Ivoire. The platform allows individuals to set up accounts and post news. The news is presented to an […]

COVID-19: Zimbabwean online publishers hit by advertising revenue drop

Zimbabwean online publishers have been affected significantly by the slow-down of the online advertising caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A snap survey conducted by of a number of online news publishers shows that their revenues declined by between 40% and 60% from about March 2020 onward. One news publisher described the decline of advertising […]

ZimLive selected for COVID-19 funding by Google, one of the country’s most prominent news sites for original and breaking news, has been selected for funding by Google. The publication was selected along with 2 other less prominent publications, Kwekwenet and The Mirror. It’s not clear which publication The Mirror is but it could be the Masvingo Mirror. In April, as the […]

Opera introduces cleaner lighter version of its news app – Opera News Lite

Opera has released a new version of its news app called Opera News Lite. The app, which is available on Google Play Store here, was developed for low-income markets like Africa where mobile data is expensive and smartphones have limited storage and memory. Said Opera on the launch of the app: …we are launching Opera […]

Investigative news publication Zim Morning Post launches appeal for donations

Investigative news publication Zim Morning Post, launched an appeal for donations this week. The publication, founded by former AMH media journalist, Elias Mambo, becomes one of the first few local publications to ask for donations. The others being ZimLive, Bustop TV, and the Sadza in the Morning Podcast. Said the publication in a tweet: As […]

Facebook News Launch. Interesting take on the social network’s interaction with Journalism over the past several years

This week, Facebook announced the launch of Facebook News in the US. Facebook News is a dedicated section on Facebook for news. The section will feature stories by publications preapproved to appear in the section by Facebook itself. You can read more about how publishers (in the US for now) qualify to have their stories […]

Download: MISA Zimbabwe’s State of the Media Report for 2019

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has released a State of the Media report for 2019. It contains the following: Political Context and Key Events Media Environment Arrests, threats and harassment of journalists Access to Information/Freedom of Expression Media Professionalism Broadcasting/Telecommunications/ICTs Mobile penetration/telecommunications Way Forward in 2020 Media Violations Statistics 2019 You can download […]

Google Launches Journalism Emergency Relief Fund. Zimbabwean Newsrooms Can Apply

Google has launched a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for local newsrooms covering and affected by the Coronavirus pandemic around the world. African publications (including Zimbabwe) can apply. According to Google, the fund will provide funding in the lower thousands (for smaller operations) and tens of thousands for large operations. The fund is meant to help […]