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


Shooting the messenger hunting an MP gone MIA

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:10:00 +1200

A recording allegedly made in secret was the downfall of scandal-struck MP Todd Barclay, who has vanished from public view. Now another recording has rescued the reputation of a reporter accused of throwing her weight around trying to track him down.

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The Herald's bid to break the silence

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The New Zealand Herald's current campaign on youth suicide is one of the most sustained and substantial media initiatives of recent times. Mediawatch asks the prime movers of 'Break the Silence' about reporting sensitive stuff in a high-profile way -  and how the Herald deploys the country’s biggest investigative reporting team.

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Covert coverage of a convention

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Is it okay for journalist to join a political party just to report on what it’s up to behind the scenes?

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Mediawatch for 23 July 2017

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Shooting the messenger hunting for the MP gone MIA; the Herald's big push to 'break the silence' surrounding suicide; an unconventional account from a convention

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Investigative journalism: from the NZ wars to Pike River

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Mediawatch looks back on a century and a half of investigative journalism with veteran journalists Jim Tucker and Rebecca Macfie and James Hollings the editor of the soon to be released A Moral Truth: 150 years of investigative journalism in New Zealand.

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Culture clash over controversial comedy

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:12:00 +1200

Heard the one about the Aussie comedian, the Tongan teenager and the New Zealand TV channel?  No-one’s laughing now after Maori TV's top brass stepped in to dump a controversial comedy after one episode. 

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Putting women's sport in the frame

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:10:00 +1200

The feats of Kiwi sportswomen around the world recently have been hard to spot in sports sections bulging with blokes. Mediawatch asks two front-rank female sports journalists: is that down to bias in the media, or what people actually want? And why are the media getting behind women’s sport across the ditch more than they seem to be here?

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Mediawatch for 9 July 2017

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Controversial comedy sparks clash of cultures; putting women's sport in the frame.

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Hawking the haka sparks ad indignation

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Viewers were startled when Sky Sports slipped in an ad after the haka in the All Blacks-Lions test last weekend. It’s not the first time broadcasters have cashed in, but what does the outcry reveal about what people expect from broadcasters these days?

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Brought to you by . . .

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:09:00 +1200

There’s been heaps of coverage of Team New Zealand’s triumph in Bermuda lately, but lots of it came courtesy of the organisers, the teams and their sponsors. RNZ’s man at the Cup tells Mediawatch it calls into question the future of real news coverage from big sports events.

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Mediawatch for 2 July 2017

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:07:00 +1200

A sports special: Hawking the haka sparks ad indignation; Americas Cup coverage calls news media's role into question.

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Start-up scores a scoop and a scalp

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Established news media and the parliamentary press gallery were scooped by a recent online start-up on the biggest political scandal of election year so far.

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Joining in 'The Conversation'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The Conversation is an international effort to bring academics and their expertise to an audience beyond the ivory tower. Mediawatch asks its newly appointed New Zealand editor Veronika Meduna what it will bring to our media landscape.

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The pitfalls of portraying the future on TV

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Predicting the future is a risky business for programme-makers. They can easily end up on the wrong side of history, looking stupid. Dan Salmon bit the bullet 14 years ago with a series imagining New Zealand life in 2050.

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Getting engaged with the audience

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Thousands of people took part in TVNZ's recent interactive project What Next? but critics complained the questions and answers didn't reveal very much. Mediawatch talks to two experts about a new method offering deeper online engagement on specific issues.

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Mediawatch for 25 June 2017

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Start-up scores a scoop and a scalp; joining 'The Conversation'; the pitfalls of portraying the future on TV; getting engaged with the audience.

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Mediawatch for 18 June 2017

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:27:00 +1200

Screening the cup not plain sailing; TVNZ's future-facing multimedia extravaganza; Al Jazeera caught in crossfire.

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Screening the Cup not plain sailing

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:12:00 +1200

Success on the water from Bermuda stirred a little bad blood between broadcasters at home.

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TV facing the future

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:10:00 +1200

TVNZ's multimedia extravaganza What Next pondered New Zealand in 20 years' time. Over five consecutive nights, it aimed to spark debate about the big issues facing us all and prompt politicians locked into short-term thinking.

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Al Jazeera caught in the crossfire

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Lately we’ve heard a lot about so-called 'fake news' and the damage it can do. Mediawatch looks at how one false story sparked a row between Qatar and its neighbours which has now cast a shadow over the future of the pioneering international TV news channel Al Jazeera.

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A tale of two cities' terrorism

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:12:00 +1200

Two terrorist attacks claimed by IS this past week got very different coverage in the media. One faded fast from the headlines, while the other prompted both extreme responses and the “keep calm and carry on” cliche.

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Reporting of terror linked to further attacks

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:11:00 +1200

Can media coverage of suicide attacks increase the chance of more attacks occurring? An economist who’s analysed US reporting tells Mediawatch empirical evidence shows it does.

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The 'Sundance' of journalism

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:10:00 +1200

When terrorism struck London last weekend, hundreds of journalists were in a forest an hour away at an open-air festival dubbed 'a riot of free speech'.'  Emily Menkes tells Mediawatch it was an inspiring place to be at a time of bad news.

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Corbyn confounds critics, perplexes pundits

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Many pundits were in no doubt about the outcome of the UK's general election. A hostile press and pundits predicted Labour would be buried by a landslide - and they said so with such certainty they ended up looking foolish.

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Mediawatch for 11 June 2017

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1200

A tale of two cites' terrorism; reporting terrorism linked to further attacks; the Sundance Festival of journalism; Corbyn's Labour confounds critics and perplexes pundits.

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When the facts get in the way of a good story

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:12:00 +1200

Mediawatch looks at two cases of local papers taking a very different approach to controversial stories that weren't backed up by facts.

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Moving past "Afro-pessimism"

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:10:00 +1200

The world's media are slowly getting past the stereotypes of poverty, disease and corruption that have characterised coverage of Africa in the past but there's still a way to go, says a media scholar.

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Robots rebooting reporting?

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:09:00 +1200

We know about driverless cars, but are reporterless stories and podcasts just around the corner too? And what does a "true-blue Aussie" robot reading the news sound like? (Spoiler: not good)

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Mediawatch for 4 June 2017

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:07:00 +1200

A couple of cases of the facts getting in the way of good story; moving past 'Afro-pessimism'; a robotic reporting re-boot?

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Mediawatch for 28 May 2017

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:15:00 +1200

Mixed messages and extreme responses to Manchester's atrocity; an award-winning editor on newspapers' prospects and fake news fears; Donald trumps trade issues for English abroad.

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Mixed messages after atrocity in Manchester

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:13:00 +1200

The media struggled with the contrasting moods of horror, anger and sorrow in the wake of this week's suicide attack in Manchester. Some commentators aired extreme views at a time when calm was being called for - even here.

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Award-winning editor’s fake news fears

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:11:00 +1200

No editor had a better night at last weekend’s Canon Media Awards than Miriyana Alexander. Her Weekend Herald won ‘Newspaper of the Year’ and she won a fellowship in the UK to study so-called ‘fake news’. Mediawatch asked her if that’s really a problem the media here need to worry about.

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Donald Trumps trade for English abroad

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:10:00 +1200

A big media contingent followed Bill English on his trip to Tokyo where kickstarting a US-free TPP was the top priority. But some political reporters pressed him for opinions on what was going on in Washington.

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