1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon waterSesame seeds for sprinkling1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment … Beef taco pop tarts could be served at your New Year’s Eve celebration.2 boxes refrigerated pie crusts, total of 4 pie crusts, at room temperature1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1/2 pound ground beef1 tablespoon taco seasoning1 cup frozen corn, thawed1 cup canned black beans, drained1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
President Jacob Zuma. (Image: The Presidency)South African President Jacob Zuma was the keynote speaker at the South African National Editors Forum’s Nat Nakasa Award dinner and annual general meeting, held on 27 June under the theme “Journalism – the next 10 years”. This is an excerpt from his speech.Compatriots, we meet during an important month in our history. As we mark Youth Day each year, we are reminded of the fateful events of that day by the powerful picture of the young Hector Peterson, taken by photographer Sam Nzima. That picture was relayed by the media throughout the world and illustrated the brutality of the apartheid system to millions of people across the globe. That one image did much to stir the peoples of the world into action to campaign for the end of apartheid.It is but one example of the role that a few brave journalists played in exposing injustice and bringing about democratic change in our country.Today, we look to these journalists, and to the media in general, as a vital partner in strengthening our democracy and promoting the rights for which our people fought.These rights include freedom of expression, which is not merely about protecting citizens from state censorship. It is also about ensuring that citizens have the means to exercise this right. The media is an important vehicle through which citizens should be able to freely express themselves. South Africans also express themselves through the ballot box, public meetings, strikes, pickets and protests.They express themselves in shebeens and social clubs. But it is in the media that people have an opportunity to reach a mass audience, and in which they have an opportunity to enter into public debate. This evening you are celebrating the struggle of Nat Nakasa, and many other courageous journalists like him, against a political system that sought to silence them.It was not only a struggle against censorship. It was also a struggle to give a voice to ordinary South Africans to depict their lives as they truly were; to allow their concerns and views to receive free expression. The award also celebrates the integrity and quality of the journalism of Nat Nakasa.It holds up the work of Nat Nakasa as an example of good journalism, something to which all journalists should aspire. Therefore, the Nat Nakasa Award reminds us that we don’t just need a free media. We want and need a quality media.As a country we need journalists who are dedicated to their craft and to their audience.We seek reporting that is credible and honest and informative. We seek comment and analysis that challenges us and provides fresh insight into our world and the challenges we face. This is a challenge that is seemingly difficult in an ever-changing world, and in an industry that is undergoing major changes.Media institutions and journalists throughout the world today face a different set of challenges from those that Nat Nakasa faced.Commercial pressures and the rapid shift to new technologies are placing traditional forms of media particularly print media under great strain. You have the challenge of how to get the youth to read newspapers, when they want to sit in front of their laptops and surf the internet. The effects on the South African media may not directly mirror what is happening in the developed world, but there are changes taking place nevertheless.The current economic downturn has placed an even greater strain on the media.How to provide quality coverage in the context of declining profit margins is a challenge for journalists everywhere. Already, the quality and credibility of journalism is undermined by commercial imperatives.The media are commercial enterprises that must make money and be profitable to survive. This means that there is a risk of the dictatorship of advertising.These changes are not necessarily bad, though they may pose challenges to traditional media.The media industry in South Africa has its own particular challenges, not least of which is the ongoing challenge of transformation. A lot has been achieved in the last 15 years in changing the composition of newsrooms for example. But there is clearly more that needs to be done.The decision by some journalists to resurrect the Black Journalists’ Forum angered some, but it probably suggests that there are still issues of transformation with which the media needs to grapple. As you would be aware, the media is one institution that is extremely sensitive to criticism, perhaps because practitioners spend their lives criticizing other people!We do not only need to look at the composition of newsrooms, and ensure that they represent the diversity of South African society. We also need to look at the content of newsrooms, to ensure that they represent the diversity of views and interests in our society. We must also acknowledge that a lot more needs to be done to improve the representation of women at all levels within the media.We must address gender transformation in both staffing, management as well as in the portrayal of women in the media. We maintain a keen interest in the media because a vibrant media is a cornerstone of any democracy.In our country this is especially significant as the media has an important role to play to keep our people, especially the poor, informed of their rights and responsibilities. Many media institutions already perform this function, and help many citizens who are battling to obtain assistance from those in authority.Ladies and gentlemen, like many people in our country, we are deeply concerned about the public broadcaster. We are encouraged that Parliament has undertaken to fulfil its responsibilities in ensuring that the problems within the SABC are comprehensively addressed. We will play our role and will act quickly when called upon to do so, to take the process forward, once Parliament concludes its processes.We must acknowledge that in the midst of the challenges facing the public broadcaster, there is still a sizable group of journalists within the institution who undertake their daily work with diligence and integrity.We commend them for doing everything they can to keep South African citizens informed, under difficult professional conditions.We must emphasise that the public broadcaster is not, and should not be, the mouthpiece of government. It should serve the public interest by providing accurate, credible and comprehensive coverage of events in South Africa and abroad.Ladies and gentlemen, Nat Nakasa played a key role in shaping society.We urge the media to keep alive the legacy of Nat Nakasa and many other outstanding journalists who dedicated their lives to using their skills to make ours a great country.We also need to join hands to defend the independence of the media and freedom of expression which we all fought so hard to attain. It is important to always remind ourselves about this because it is part of the elements that form the cornerstone of a democratic society.We humbly invite the media in this country to join us in building a united South Africa; a South Africa that is recognised for its achievements, a country united in its diversity and one that remains alive with possibility.Useful linksSouth African National Editors ForumThe Presidency of South Africa
Ray Maota Thandie Klassen (middle) being greetedby jazz supremo Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse,receives the Timeless Beauty honourfrom musician Arthur Mafokate. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, received the Drum Icon honour. (Images: Drum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa Drum: Editor +27 11 322 0877 RELATED ARTICLES • New Forbes Africa out in SA • Angolan beauty crowned Miss Universe • Remarkable SA women hailed • Peace Prize focus on women’s rightsThe world-famous South African magazine Drum, which gave early momentum to the African nationalist movement and produced renowned journalists and photographers, has turned 60 years old.The publication celebrated its coverage of six decades of South African history at a ceremony at Emperor’s Palace, east of Johannesburg, on 26 October 2011.Guests who attended the event included Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, and fashion designer and socialite Uyanda Mbuli.The celebrations honoured local legends who were and still are an integral part of the magazine. A glossy commemorative edition will hit the shelves at the end of November.Current Drum editor Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa said: “Drum 60 will bring together all the elements that make this title one of the best in South Africa, highlighting not only important moments in the magazine and South Africa’s history, but also showcasing the characters behind Drum. It is a fusion of experience and experiences.”Zwane-Siguqa added that the new generation of writers have been well represented in the commemorative edition to show how they have been influenced and inspired by Drum‘s first team of legendary contributors, including Henry Nxumalo, Nat Nakasa, Ezekiel “Es’kia” Mphahlele, Can Themba and Mike Nicol.Featured work from the new Drum generation comes from author Zukiswa Wanner, poet and author Lebo Mashile, and singer and poet Simphiwe Dana.The Drum beatDrum was first published by Bob Crisp in Cape Town in March 1951, under the title African Drum.Sales were slow at first, so the magazine’s team moved to Johannesburg in September of the same year. Jim Bailey took over as publisher.Its editorial focus at that time included investigative pieces, crime and lifestyle stories, as well as fashion and music, with a strong jazz influence.Reflecting the spirit of the multicultural and racially mixed Sophiatown suburb in the early days of apartheid, the magazine’s cover regularly featured celebrated black South African women like musicians Dolly Rathebe and Miriam Makeba.Although the magazine opposed racism and apartheid policy, it didn’t publish inflammatory material that the then government would have reason to ban.‘Part of our legacy’The recent celebrations included a series of awards, titled Living Legend, Posthumous, Timeless Beauty, Rising Star, Ubuntu award, Couple to look up to, Behind the scenes, and Drum icon.The Living Legend category went to former Drum photographer Alf Khumalo, who is still active in the discipline today and showcases his work at his museum in Diepkloof, Soweto.Khumalo said: “I felt greatly honoured, I didn’t expect it, but I think it’s a wonderful reward.”Jazz musician Thandie Klassen was named the Timeless Beauty and the posthumous award was given to Rathebe, the magazine’s first pin-up model.Singer and actress Thembi Seete, who was a member of the now defunct kwaito group Boom Shaka, was given the Rising Star award – while poet and author Gcina Mhlophe took the Ubuntu award.Although not always being in the public eye, but having greatly impacted society, Mfundi Vundla won the Behind the scenes award. Vundla is the creator of local soapie Generations.The Couple to look up to award was given to music power couple Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbuli, who have been married for 46 years.The Drum icon award went to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela.Zwane-Siguqa said: “Without them, there would be nothing to write in Drum. They are as much part of our rich history as are our journalists, our photographers and our legacy – it is in fact because of them that we have this legacy.”
Tags:#apps#How To#mobile A question many developers ask is “what’s the right amount of push?,” says Urban Airship. Unfortunately, some developers just try to figure out how many push notifications they can get away with instead of thinking about giving users the best experience with their app.Optimizing for the right amount of push involves aligning the feature with the purpose of the app and user preferences. For example, a “word of the day” app would send out an update daily. News apps may deliver push notifications for “breaking” news stories, though the nature of what’s actually considered “breaking” may be determined editorially.Another best practice for implementing push notifications is allowing users to control how often they receive these messages. In the case of the news app example, users could configure it so they only received alerts for breaking news in particular categories (e.g. sports and business, but not entertainment).Social app users could tell it they want to know when friends check-in somewhere. But instead of providing that as a global setting, the app could ask every time they add a a new friend if they wanted alerts for that person.Step 3: Track EngagementDevelopers should also track the engagement levels of app users regularly and often. When thinking about push, it’s not the same as losing an email or SMS user, explains Urban Airship. It’s not just a “-1” to your marketing list, but has much greater consequences. It means your app is being under-utilized, is less effective than you intended and is offering a poor experience.Of course, Urban Airship offers a tool that tracks who’s opting out of push notifications by allow app developers to compare active device tokens (ADT) with total device tokens (TDT). An inactive token means the user has either deleted the app or turned push off. By comparing ADT with TDT, you can track changes to the Push Retention Ratio, specifically observing how the rate changes after push notifications and how it changes during dormant times.Remember that once a user opts out of push notifications, sending them messages is a violation of Apple’s Terms of Service. Although the BlackBerry and Android platforms don’t have this spelled out in their guidelines, Urban Airship recommends following Apple’s suggestion on those platforms, too.Note: This blog post is a summary of Urban Airship’s white paper. The complete document is available here. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Mobile services company Urban Airship has compiled a white paper detailing the best practices for the implementation of push notifications in mobile apps. Push notifications, a feature on many mobile operating systems, allow app developers to send short messages to users via a badge update, sound or text-based alert. When used correctly, end users will engage more with the app, the brand, the organization or the service. And that leads to more opportunities for monetization, explains Urban Airship.However, figuring out how to implement this feature wisely takes some work. The guidelines below may help.Step 1: Get Users to Opt-InBefore you can take advantage of push notifications in your app, you need the app users to opt-in to accept them. Before blindly implementing the pop-up asking for permission, it’s important that your users understand why they would want to receive these messages.If you want to make it clear why users should say “yes” to notifications, Urban Airship recommends that you explain in the app’s description (both inside the app store and upon install) how and when you’ll use the push notifications feature.To make sure users don’t later opt-out, you should make it easy for them to manage their push preferences within the app. For example, let them set up “quiet times” when they don’t want to be bothered and let them configure what types of notifications they receive (audio, badges, etc.) and even what types of messages deserve a push notification (more urgent vs. less urgent, for example).After the set up process is complete, you should track carefully the number of active users and opt-outs. If you see a decline in the former and increase in the latter, you’re either pushing too often or without enough value.Step 2: Determine the Right Amount of Push The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
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