HAS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTED THE PRINT JOURNALISM IN BOTSWANA
Social Media according to Nigel Morgan the editor for social media collaboration is defined as the means of interaction among people in which they create, share and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. A study by Graham Jones shows that social media technology take on many different forms including magazines ,Internet forums, weblogs, social networks, podcasts and social booking marking .According to the site Kaplan and Haenelein created a classification scheme in the business Horizon(2010) article, with six different types of social media: collaborative projects(wikipedia) blogs and micro blogs (twitter) content communities (You tube)social networking site (face book) virtual game worlds(second life). Print Journalism includes newspapers, magazines and journals. The printed journals found in Botswana are:-Botswana Gazette, Mmegi, The Voice, Daily news , I Botswana, Midweek Sun, Sunday Standard, Weekend post, National Geographic Magazines, Kutlwano and many more. The question is has social media affected print journalism in Botswana? MY CASE STUDY
My case study is on the Mmegi Newspaper. According to Dikgang Publishing Company (DPC), the proprietors of Mmegi and the Monitor was established in 1992. The News editor of both newspapers Douglas Tsiako, standing in for the editor of Mmegi , Tshireletso Motlogelwa, who was attending other matters believes that social media has affected the print media both positively and negatively. THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BROUGHT TO PRINT JOURNALISM Mr Douglas Tsiako said new technology has been more a blessing than curse to them as print journalists. He continued to say that with the new technology of using micro blogs which is twitter, social networking site such as facebook and many more has helped them as a company to be able to connect to their target market through internet. He says internet also helps...
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