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Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the 'new' electronic media.


The perils of taking on the trolls

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Media personalities sometimes confront the online trolls that abuse them on social media and text messages. But are they always able to claim the moral high ground?

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Under the influence of marketing

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:09:00 +1300

People boosting their personal brand online by puffing up the products of big brands are making it harder to distinguish genuine opinion from paid-for promotion in our media. Do we need new rules to make it clear what they're up to?

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Eggs, drugs, spies, lies and cyclones: 2017 in news

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Mediawatch isn't giving out its annual awards this year. Instead we're taking an NCEA-style approach and picking out some who 'achieved' - and some who didn't.

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Mediawatch for 24 December 2017

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:06:00 +1300

The media's achievements in 2017. Also: under the influence of online marketing and ads in disguise - and taking on the trolls.

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Publishers' paid content 'deliberately designed to deceive' - watchdog

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:38:00 +1300

The press watchdog says some sponsored stories from overseas carried by New Zealand’s two biggest news websites were “deliberately designed to deceive” and have breached professional standards. The publishers say they will now do more to distinguish this content from genuine news.

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Manus Island and media manipulation

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Manus Island has been in the headlines a lot lately on both sides of the Tasman, but few reporters have been able to report on what has really been happening there. Ben Robinson has been following the story  - and the growing concerns about efforts to manipulate the media.

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Online services like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon work out what we like based on what we do online. News websites know what we have read and shared, but not what we might want next. Mediawatch meets a scientist who joined a newsroom to fix that.

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Mediawatch for 17 December 2017

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Manus Island and media manipulation; prime time presenters call it quits; how the media work out what we want next.

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Prime time presenters call it quits

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:13:00 +1300

Toni Street and Mike Hosking are quitting TVNZ’s Seven Sharp to spend more time with their families - and their respective radio networks. What next for a show that's often in the news because of its hosts?

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Does China hold sway over media here?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:12:00 +1300

Law changes to limit foreign influence on business and politics in Australia prompted calls for similar moves here this week. One of those sounding the alarm tells Mediawatch our government now needs to look at links between the China and parts of our media. What’s the problem?  ​

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PR push to highlight the glass ceiling

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:08:00 +1300

New research concluding the lack of women in top jobs costs the whole country dearly got a lot of coverage this week - even in blank spaces in the Herald.

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Making plans for Leighton

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Veteran broadcaster Leighton Smith will step down from his radio show after a third of a century on the air -- but only one year from now. Newstalk ZB certainly believes in giving its listeners plenty of notice.  

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Mediawatch for 10 December 2017

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Does China hold sway over media here?; fair dinkum kwaussie news; PR push highlights the glass ceiling; making plans for Leighton

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Reporting risks grow under ‘The Punisher’

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:12:00 +1300

Journalists in the Philippines take their life in their hands doing their job. What was already one of the world's riskiest places to be a reporter has become even more difficult under President Rodrigo Duterte and his ‘war on drugs’.

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Te reo on the radio too much for some

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:10:00 +1300

A controversial column condemning the use of te reo Māori on RNZ sparked debate about racism, free speech and even hate speech this past week. Mediawatch looks at the responses and asks a veteran Maori broadcaster if this is a big deal.

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Mediawatch for 3 December 2017

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

The fallout from complaints about too much te reo on the radio; golden rule broken at journalism awards shindig; reporting risks grow under 'The Punisher' and his war on drugs.

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Bringing cold cases to life

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:11:00 +1300

Two new podcast series telling the stories of missing people are pulling big audiences, but they also raise big questions. Mediawatch asks the makers: can they help solve the mysteries of the missing? Do they risk exploiting the sorrow of relatives?

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Missing history in bottling bonanza reports

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:10:00 +1300

A new plan for New Zealand's biggest ever water-bottling plant could revive struggling Bay Of Plenty towns, according to reports in the media this past week. But a few facts were missing from the eye-watering sums in the stories.

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Mediawatch for 26 November 2017

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Controversial TV comeback over before it began; podcasts bringing cold cases to life; water stories with missing history.

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