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



 



Mediawatch for 17 September 2017

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:15:00 +1200

Broadcasting at the back of policy parade; local politics out of focus; are you ready to be immersed in the news?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170917-0915-mediawatch_for_17_september_2017-128.mp3




Broadcasting buried in policy parade

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:12:00 +1200

The broadcasters we have today were largely shaped by political decisions made more than 25 years ago. Mediawatch rounds up the media policies that political parties are offering this time round - if the issue is on their radar at all.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170917-0910-broadcasting_buried_in_policy_parade-128.mp3




Local politics out of focus

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:11:00 +1200

Local candidates in the election aren’t always asked about genuine local issues when the media come calling. Do local voters really want to know what gets them on the dancefloor?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170917-0911-local_politics_out_of_focus-128.mp3




Immersed in the news

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Virtual reality and 360 video are already part of the mix for big names in online news overseas. Now two new projects here have had a crack at it with funding from the public purse. Is “immersive journalism” a game-style gimmick - or a way to really revitalise the craft?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170917-0907-immersed_in_the_news-128.mp3




Viral - but not memorable

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:08:00 +1200

When a girl burst in on her dad's live news interview on BBC TV back in March, it quickly  went viral and became one of the year’s most memorable bloopers. Or did it?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170917-0908-viral_-_but_not_memorable-128.mp3




Debatable benefits of head-to-head clashes

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

Three live Ardern v English debates in seven days pumped up coverage of the election campaign. The media picked out the leaders’ zingers, bangers and clangers, and they agonised over who won and who lost. But what did we learn from them?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170910-0910-debatable_benefits_of_head-to-head_clashes-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 10 September 2017

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

Debatable benefits of head-to-head leaders' clashes; pundits with skin in the campaign game; digging deep for the fiscal hole truth.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170910-0910-mediawatch_for_10_september_2017-128.mp3




Pundits with skin in the campaign game

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

Election campaigns are boom time for PR consultants and pundits, but the public need to know if they’re also in the middle of their spin cycle when they appear in the media.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170910-0909-pundits_with_skin_in_the_campaign_game-128.mp3




Digging deep for the hole truth

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:07:00 +1200

National’s discovery of a 12 billion dollar-deep hole triggered a string of claims, counterclaims and sporting similes in the media. But did they get to the hole truth in time?   


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170910-0907-digging_deep_for_the_hole_truth-128.mp3




Will Silicon Valley save the media?

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:10:00 +1200

The profits of Apple, Google and Facebook soar while the bottom lines of news media companies slump. Trust in news has been dented by a surge in 'fake news' online. Silicon Valley is clearly part of the news media’s problem. Is it also part of the solution?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170903-0910-will_silicon_valley_save_the_media-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 3 September 2017

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Around the world the news media has a problem. The online explosion has given them a huge new audience - but not much income. Meanwhile, the spectacular profits of technology companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are hitting new highs every year. Silicon Valley is part of the news media's problem but is it also part of the solution? Produced and presented by Colin Peacock.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170903-0906-mediawatch_silicon_valley-128.mp3




F-bombs, lipstick on pigs and the PM's pimples

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:12:00 +1200

New Zealand’s longest serving political leader suddenly signed off this week warning that superficial stuff seemed to be drowning out real political issues in the media. Week one of the election campaign showed he’s got a point.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170827-0911-f-bombs_lipstick_on_pigs_and_the_pms_pimples-128.mp3




Multimedia spotlight on the fog of war

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Fairfax Media’s investigative series The Valley is New Zealand's most ambitious multimedia journalism project yet. It combines TV documentary, interactive content and even virtual reality - and for the first time all this was funded from the public purse. What did it reveal?    


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170827-0910-multimedia_spotlight_on_the_fog_of_war-128.mp3




Mike’s Māori Party misinformation mess

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1200

A “throwaway line” on TV has put pressure on TVNZ for its choice of opinionated presenter Mike Hosking to host its live pre-election election leaders’ debates.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170827-0906-mikes_maori_party_misinformation_mess-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 27 August 2017

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:00:00 +1200

Multimedia effort to cut through the fog of war in Afghanistan; Mike makes a mess with the Maori Party; F-bombs, lipstick on pigs and the PM's pimples


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170827-0900-mediawatch_for_27_august_2017-128.mp3




Floating flaky facts on water

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:12:00 +1200

$18 cabbages? An extra $75 for wine? Eye-watering claims about the crippling costs of charging for water floated free in the media this past week - even in the rural press which should have known better.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170820-0912-floating_fake_facts_on_water-128.mp3




Broadcasters warned over mining social media

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:09:00 +1200

New research from the broadcasting regulator has found that many New Zealanders willingly share stuff on social media,but they reckon broadcasters should get permission to use it. Is that realistic now that so much is shared so widely by so many online?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170820-0909-broadcasters_warned_over_mining_social_media-128.mp3




Silent sponsor's PR fail

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:07:00 +1200

New Zealand's main awards for business journalism have been scrapped after most media withdrew because the sponsor vetoed an entry critical of a client. But the sponsor still refuses to address the issue.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170820-0907-silent_sponsors_pr_fail-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 20 August 2017

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Floating flaky facts on water; how the news media mine social media for stories; a silent sponsor's PR fail.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170820-0906-mediawatch_for_20_august_2017-128.mp3




Inquests aplenty as Green leader goes

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:11:00 +1200

The blame for Metiria Turei's downfall is being spread in many directions - including hers. But some are pointing the finger at the media and their appetite for winners, losers and scalps.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170813-0911-inquests_aplenty_as_green_leader_goes-128.mp3




Jacindamania hits new heights

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

While one political party leader was cast into the depths last week, the popularity of another one hit new heights. Mediawatch looks at the coverage of Labour’s new leader and asks two news bosses if it's gone over the top.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170813-0908-jacindamania_hits_new_heights-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 13 August 2017

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Inquests aplenty after Green leader goes; Jacindamania hits new heights; Mike in the middle of debates.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170813-0908-mediawatch_for_13_august_2017-128.mp3




Mike in the middle of debates

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Mediawatch asks TVNZ's news boss why he's picked a person guaranteed to raise questions about balance and bias as the moderator for important election debates.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170813-0907-mike_in_the_middle-128.mp3




Media make a drama out of Labour leadership crisis

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:10:00 +1200

New last-minute leaders for Labour have changed the story of the upcoming election for the media. But did they make a drama out of those opinion polls which forced the issue in the first place?  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170806-0910-media_make_a_drama_out_of_labour_leadership_crisis-128.mp3




'Jacinda effect' in full effect in the media

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

The Ardern ascent set the news agenda this past week, even if it was in part due to unwanted questions about babies. How long will the honeymoon last and how long will “new car smell” linger?  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170806-0909-jacinda_effect_in_full_effect_in_the_media-128.mp3




Calling time on omnipresent pundits

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:07:00 +1200

As the usual suspects take up ever more air time ahead of the election, is it time New Zealand took up the suggestion of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein and put time limits on our "professional pundits”?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170806-0907-calling_time_on_omnipresent_pundits-128.mp3




Reporting the unreportable outburst from the Mooch

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

An abusive, career-ending tirade unleashed by Donald Trump’s former communications director recently was certainly newsworthy. But the media struggled to report the full fury of his outburst while also keeping it clean for the audience.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170806-0906-reporting_the_unreportable_outburst_from_the_mooch-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 6 August 2017

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

Making a drama of Labour leadership crisis; the 'Jacinda effect' in the media; omnipresent pundits; reporting the unreportable Mooch.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170806-0906-mediawatch_for_6_august_2017-128.mp3




Murder mysteries on-demand are in demand

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:10:00 +1200

A new podcast about the Bain family murders has been a big hit, following in the footsteps of popular ones about unsolved crimes overseas. Is it journalism - or entertainment? And why are we so keen on podcasts about old cold cases and true crimes?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170730-0910-murder_mysteries_on-demand_are_in_demand-128.mp3




Kiwi expat quenches media thirst for commonsense

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Expat business expert Andre Spicer served up a summer story of bureaucracy-gone-mad in the UK which went down a treat for the media there this week - and then all around the world, including here.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170730-0908-kiwi_expat_quenches_medias_thirst_for_commonsense-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 30 July 2017

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:07:00 +1200

New podcast proves public appetite for old, cold cases of murder; more investigative initiatives; business journalists bail out of journalism awards; expat quenches media thirst for commonsense.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170730-0907-mediawatch_for_30_july_2017-128.mp3




Business journalists bail out of journalism awards

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:23:00 +1200

The National Business Review has pulled out of the national awards for business journalism because it says the sponsor vetoed one of its reporter's entries. Others have followed suit and put the awards future in doubt. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170728-1323-business_journalists_bail_out_of_journalism_awards-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170723-0910-shooting_the_messenger_hunting_an_mp_gone_mia-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170723-0909-how_the_herald_broke_the_silence-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170723-0908-covert_coverage_of_a_convention-128.mp3




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


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170723-0906-mediawatch_for_23_july_2017-128.mp3