26 Jun 2014

Technology Voices: How news sites make money, lessons for startups.

Technology Voices is an initiative by WiGhana. In these posts members talk about other issues in tech in Ghana. Opinions in such posts do not reflect that of WiGhana as an organisation.

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Online journalism has been struggling for economic viability for sometime now. 

Traditional media (print and broadcast) mostly relied on advertising revenue. However for online journalism, ad income doesn't fetch as much. This is because non news websites and apps compete with news sites for the ads. Advertisers pay less rates online than what they would pay for traditional media. Lastly, news audiences also generally access content for free.

Nonetheless digital news is expensive to produce. Like all other media, there are upfront investment and recurring costs of production. Both include internet bills, gadgets, web and app development services. Additionally. there is the cost of newsgathering.  Software costs depends on many factors but a large scale and sophisticated news website like the New York Times reportedly spent about $25 million on their paywall.

So if you start a news website today, how are you going to make money?

7 Jun 2014

Technology Voices: NCA Vodafone ban on Twitter debates #ComeOnNCA

Technology Voices is an initiative by WiGhana. In these posts members talk about other issues in tech in Ghana. Opinions in such posts do not reflect that of WiGhana as an organisation.

Summary:

The state of telecommunications in Ghana according to complaints is terrible. Telecommunication companies have become complacent and immune to punishment. NCA may employ punitive measures for non performance but must also ensure infrastructural development to make telecommunication operation easy in Ghana.



This debate was hosted by Blogging Ghana.