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



 



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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170625-0910-start-up_scrores_a_scoop_and_a_scalp-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170625-0908-joining_the_conversation-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170625-0908-the_pitfalls_of_portraying_the_future_on_tv-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170625-0907-getting_engaged_with_the_audience-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170625-0906-mediawatch_for_25_june_2017-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170618-0927-mediawatch_for_18_june_2017-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170618-0912-screening_the_cup_not_plain_sailing-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170618-0910-tv_facing_the_future-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170618-0907-al_jazeera_caught_in_the_crossfire-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170611-0912-a_tale_of_two_cities_terrorism-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170611-0911-can_covering_suicide_attacks_make_them_more_likely-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170611-0910-the_sundance_of_journalism-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170610-0908-corbyn_counfounds_critics_perplexes_pundits-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170611-0905-mediawatch_for_11_june_2017-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170604-0912-when_the_facts_get_in_the_way_of_a_good_story-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170604-0910-moving_past_afro-pessimism-128.mp3




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)


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170604-0909-robots_rebooting_reporting-128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170604-0907-mediawatch_for_4_june_2017-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170528-0912-mediawatch_for_28_may_2017-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170528-0913-mixed_messages_after_atrocity_in_manchester-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170528-0911-award-winning_editors_fake_news_fears-128.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170528-0910-donald_trumps_trade_for_english_abroad-128.mp3




Turning up the heat on housing

Sun, 21 May 2017 09:12:00 +1200

The housing shortage surged to the top of the news agenda this week with political promises of more new homes in a hurry, and a housing minister lashing out at housing charities and the media.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170521-0912-turning_up_the_heat_on_housing-128.mp3




Nelson next in line for paper cut

Sun, 21 May 2017 09:11:00 +1200

The nation’s biggest news publisher Fairfax Media is proposing to cut back the Nelson Mail newspaper and print it in Christchurch to cut costs.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170521-0911-nelson_next_in_line_for_paper_cut-128.mp3




Fake history makes front-page ‘news’

Sun, 21 May 2017 09:07:00 +1200

A story that filled the front page of the Northern Advocate last weekend cast doubt on the basis of New Zealand’s entire modern history. But Mediawatch reckons we don't need to rewrite our history books just yet. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170521-0907-fake_history_makes_front-page_news-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 21 May 2017

Sun, 21 May 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Turning up the heat on housing; Nelson next in line for paper cut; fake history on the front page


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170521-0907-mediawatch_for_21_may_2017-128.mp3




Chorus of condemnation follows cocaine controversy

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Startling news of two more Kiwi sports stars behaving badly across the ditch prompted swift and extensive criticism in the media. But wider issues of drugs in sport were kicked into touch.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170514-0910-chorus_of_condemnation_follows_cocaine_controversy-128.mp3




Fudged facts cloud immigration debate

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Statistics New Zealand supplied some crucial facts on immigration this week after a heated exchange about the issue on RNZ National.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170514-0909-fudged_facts_cloud_immigration_debate-128.mp3




Change at the top for Māori Television

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

This week Māori Television’s Paora Maxwell became the latest in a series of media bosses to resign this past year. Mediawatch looks at the reaction - and why it’s not the only leadership issue currently confronting the broadcaster.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170514-0908-change_at_the_top_for_maori_television-128.mp3




News-to-noise ratio out of whack

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Last week the editor of the Sunday Star Times warned against the dangers of fake news, one of his columnists claimed the media were no longer in the business of news, and a long-time contributor quit saying there wasn't enough room for the analysis of business news. Mediawatch's Jeremy Rose explores the issues.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170514-0907-news-to-noise_ratio_out_of_whack-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 14 May 2017

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Chorus of condemnation follows cocaine controversy; fudged facts in immigration debate; change at the top of Maori TV; paper ponders the nature of news.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170514-0905-mediawatch_for_14_may_2017-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 14 May 2017

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Chorus of condemnation follows cocaine controversy; fudged facts in immigration debate; change at the top of Maori TV; paper ponders the nature of news.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170514-0905-mediawatch_for_14_may_2017-128.mp3




Fallout from the media merger knockback

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

A merger of New Zealand’s two biggest news publishers has been on the table for the past year. This week the competition watchdog pulled the rug out from under it. Mediawatch asks ex-editors if that was the right move, and what it all tells us about the news business today. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170507-0910-the_fallout_from_the_media_merger_knockback-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 7 May 2017

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

Fallout from the big media merger knockback; questionable coverage of 'cold cases'; a right royal rumour sparks a full-on media flap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-sun-20170507-0910-mediawatch_for_7_may_2017-128.mp3




Questionable coverage of 'cold cases'

Sun, 07 May 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance half a world away prompted questionable coverage of so-called 'cold cases' in this part of the world.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170507-0909-questionable_coverage_of_cold_cases-128.mp3




Media frenzy over right royal rumour

Sun, 07 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Rumours about Prince Phillip's health sent the media here into a major flap last Thursday -- and they flapped even more than most of the media in Britain.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170507-0908-media_frenzy_over_right_royal_rumour-128.mp3




Peaceful protest stirs ANZAC day dissent

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:12:00 +1200

One boy grabbed the media’s attention by confronting peaceful protesters on camera at an Anzac Day service in Wellington. But Bill English made no headlines when he gave voice to a prominent pacifist from the past at a ceremony in the capital soon after.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170430-0912-peaceful_protest_stirs_anzac_day_dissent-128.mp3




Winston Peters aims a low blow at The Herald

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

Winston Peters accused The New Zealand Herald of peddling alternative facts on immigration and he questioned the ethics of two of its "immigrant journalists" this week. Did he have a leg to stand on?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170430-0910-winston_peters_aims_a_low_blow_at_the_herald-128.mp3




The French fake news fightback

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Falsehoods flourished in the media during the Brexit vote in the UK and the election in the US last year. In France, the media are fighting fake news with facts together during a turbulent election there.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170430-0909-the_french_fake_news_fightback-128.mp3




Kids' papers: a fresh approach to journalism

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

It's often said that newspapers are dying off as rapidly as their ageing readers, but newspapers written by and for children are bucking that trend internationally.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170430-0909-kids_newspapers_an_idea_whose_time_has_come-128.mp3




New minister hit by fake news on day one

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

A man dubbed "the internet's biggest liar" targeted Gerry Brownlee with fake news just one day into his new job as foreign minister.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170430-0908-new_minister_hit_by_fake_news_on_day_one-128.mp3




Mediawatch for 30 April 2017

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Outburst sparks ANZAC dissent debate; Winston Peters singles out Herald journalists; kids' papers offer fresh journalism; fighting fake French election news; Brownlee hit by fake news on day one.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20170430-0906-mediawatch_for_30_april_2017-128.mp3