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


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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?  

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'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?  

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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”?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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