I find that as I have less time to spend browing the web generally, that I tend to find my news more via social filters like Muti, communities like Twitter (where people in my network recommend links directly), or by directly searching for a news on a particular topic on Google.

I thought I'd check whether my peers, also media neophytes, are accessing their news in a similar way. So I asked this question on Twitter:

"Do you more often find your "news" via 1. Social-Media, or 2. Traditional News Sites?"

Glen Meyburgh pevideoguy @daveduarte 50/50

Andrew Smith sqroot @DaveDuarte mostly Social-Media, unless I've heard a headline and I want to find out more, then I go to a news site.

Amabacha Amabacha @DaveDuarte Combo of both - Google Reader works overtime! 

Catherine Jenkin cathjenkin @DaveDuarte social media hey. it used to be traditional news sites but now, over the past say, a year, it's been more social-media dependent

robinpietersen robinpietersen @DaveDuarte 30% traditional, 60% social media and 10% word of mouth :-)

Ismail Dhorat ismaild @DaveDuarte rss, twitter and social media 

KerryHaggard KerryHaggard @DaveDuarte traditional news sites

Marcel_Perform Marcel_Perform Icon_red_lock @daveduarte what if you're trying to avoid all news? I can't on twitter! 

Simon Dingle simondingle @DaveDuarte Traditional news sites for 'news'. Social Media for opinion.

Marcel_Perform Marcel_Perform Icon_red_lock @daveduarte Trying to avoid sceptic, paranoid news-media negative propaganda that sells newspapers.Sticking to SA Rocks & SA Good News thanx 

KerryHaggard KerryHaggard @DaveDuarte - perhaps perception(NB) that traditional news sites are less biased. Also clear idea as to left, right or centre...

KerryHaggard KerryHaggard @DaveDuarte or completely up to own choice ie Google News

robinpietersen robinpietersen @DaveDuarte Hope we get to see the results sometime :-) Would be interesting...

As Jonathan Hitchcock pointed out:
Taking a survey about social media on twitter *might* possibly give you a slightly skewed result set.

The results are interesting nonetheless. How do you find your news?
Later this week I'll be going to Kampala, Uganda for the Africa Media Leadership Conference (AMLC) in Uganda.From Wikipedia:
The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, bordered on the east by Kenya, the north by Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania

The following is from the conference press release:
AMLC is an annual meeting among African media bosses. This year it is focusing on how the continent is embracing new media technologies to serve the changing needs and interests of their customers.

The conference will be attended by 40 senior editors and CEOs of media firms stretching from South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland in the south to Kenya and Ethiopia in the north and from Senegal and the Ivory Coast in the west.

The topic of the talk I am presenting is: How African Traditional Media can Tap Into New Social Media and Blogs.
The conference is co-hosted by Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership (SPI) in South Africa and Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation.

“This year’s conference is looking at a range of digital media platforms that have emerged and continue to emerge around the world and the challenges that face media companies in Africa in adopting and adapting these platforms for their competitive advantage,” said Francis Mdlongwa, Director of the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI).

“Given the breath-taking technological changes which are re-shaping and even redefining the entire media industry, we felt that Africa should pause, take stock, look at what works and does not work in our part of the world and why, and plan ahead,” he added.

The SPI is Africa’s only university-level institution offering high-level media management and leadership training programmes to both practising and aspirant media leaders from across the continent. It runs a post-graduate programme in media management and leadership and a series of certificated management programmes for senior editorial and business media managers.
Frank Windeck, the head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Sub-Sahara Africa Media Programme, the sponsor of the Africa Media Leadership Conference series, said: “These meetings give Africa’s top media people a unique opportunity to network at the highest level and to examine key industry and other issues which concern them and to seek practical solutions by examining case studies drawn from Africa.”

The conference series was launched by the SPI and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2002 to promote high-level interaction among Africa’s media chiefs and to seek practical, innovative and creative solutions to challenges faced by the African media.

The conference meets annually in an African country, and past conferences have debated topics such as Revenue Generation for Robust African Media (Cape Town, South Africa); South Meets East: Strategic Challenges for African Media (Nairobi, Kenya); Managing Media in Recession (Mauritius); and Policies and Strategies for Media Viability (Maputo, Mozambique).
I'm looking forward to the trip, and to meeting and engaging deeply with the ideas of some of Africa's top media people. I will, of course, be sharing as much as possible of the knowledge I gain with you on this blog.
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Stormhoek Owner VineI recently wrote "Anyone Keen to Invest in Stormhoek? in response to their challenge around their UK partner's collapse. The post was targeted at people with Millions to invest in a wine farm. But when the post was picked up on Muti, Gingafella commented:
Everyone in the community has by now drunk gallons of Stormhoek wine, for free, at various functions. Is it not possible that the community could invest in shares instead of just one person having to fork out a lot of money?

I for one wouldn't mind a small percentage.

Graham (the owner of Stormhoek) responded:
Great idea. I wanted to do this from Dec. 21 (Orbital's failure date), as soon as I learned that our biggest distributor and owner of the UK trademark had closed doors. Let's hope that we can do something together. Whatever happens, if you want Stormhoek, you'll be able to get Stormhoek.

Now, after a month of negotiating with bankers and lawyers to structure this highly complex type of finance, Stormhoek has done it. As reported on their new blog (the old one was inexplicably locked by the UK partners, presumably to prevent bad publicity about themselves being published on it):
You will get a certificate with a photograph of your vine and your name, plus a bottle of wine made from the crop of the vineyard block containing your vine.

All of the money raised will go to repaying the Orbital debts to South African grape-growing, winemaking and support services.

I have learned from speaking with Graham that Stormhoek's business secure. So this campaign really is for the South African farmworkers and suppliers who will otherwise lose their jobs and businesses as a result of Orbital's demise.
When the crunch came in December 2007, R6 million ($800 000) was owed to South African suppliers.

South Africa’s wine industry is not rich. Household income, averaged out across every employee: boss, labourer, supervisor, receptionist, driver, manager, foreman, all of them, is less than R2500 per month.

None of these businesses can afford to lose R500 000.

As a result, all of the dozen or so businesses will have to decide about cutbacks: if, what, when and who.

You can help. You can own a vine

You can have your own vine in the Stormhoek Vineyards.

The vines each cost R2000, and the best thing about this is that you will get your money back when the current debt to the suppliers is repaid. If you can't afford to invest in a vine yourself, or with some friends, then please at least help spread the word. This will change lives.

My contribution to spreading the word was to Muti it. Please click HERE to vote the article up!  And help get it to the top of Digg by voting HERE!

(and yes, I'm taking a vine too - will post pics)

Read the original announcement, with full details HERE on Stormhoek's blog
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One of the most interesting lessons of Web2.0 is that even the most open communities need a form of hierarchical governance if they are to continue to serve their members well.

As as any web platform becomes very popular, so it becomes more enticing for people to game it to promote their own interests. If this is allowed to continue then the system can become cluttered and the ordinary user's experience suffers. So, regrettably, it's often necessary for someone to decide what is allowed and then kick out people who aren't playing by the rules.

Here's a talk by Jason Calcanis at Le Web which I think pretty much explains the importance of curatorship of web communities (with thanks to Charl for the link):

It is also important to clearly state the Terms of Use for any community site. We learned this lesson when Muti.co.za was criticized for the founder's direct involvement in blocking certain users who were deemed to be spamming the system. Although I believe Neville's actions helped keep the site useful to it's users, not having public guidelines may have made it seem like a personal decision taken against certain users. Muti now has clear Terms of Use, and the community is flourishing.
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