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


Huk justice backed by hacks without facts

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:11:00 +1300

The Tribal Huk gang's promise to drive the drug P out of Ngaruawahia caught the imagination of the media and won praise from pundits. But did they know what they were actually applauding?

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Mediawatch for 23 October 2016

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Huk justice backed by hacks without facts; local papers asks for directions; doing business on the BBC in the digital age; need for speed trumps environment

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Local paper asks for directions

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:09:00 +1300

The Marlborough Express has warned that it can’t go on as a daily paper forever and it is considering new ideas, including reporting sponsored by readers and printing on fewer days of the week. Could other local papers with sagging sales go the same way?

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Doing the business in the digital age

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:08:00 +1300

Shows devoted to business news vanished from our TV screens years ago - because people can get it online anytime and because it's often boring. Mediawatch asks BBC business frontman Ben Thompson if business broadcasting has a future.  

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Need for speed trumps the true cost of raising the limit

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:07:00 +1300

Reports of a "surge in support" for a higher speed limit cropped up in the news this week, backed by a big name broadcaster. But the environmental impact and the cost to the public went unmentioned.

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Local elections trumped by sensational sleaze

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:20:00 +1300

This week news organisations bent over backwards to come up with a local angle to a gripping international story, but over recent weeks they've shown far less enthusiasm when it comes to important local events. 

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Minister prefers KFC perfume to tough questions

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

An official information request reveals an interview shy minister jumped at the chance to discuss KFC perfume on prime time TV

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FYI there's unreported news in those OIAs

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:07:00 +1300

Ever wanted to know the names of the Customs Service's golden labradors? Or whose idea it was to purchase that teenage-repelling mosquito device installed at the Papanui Library? Well, the answers to those and many other questions can be found on the website. 

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Mediawatch for 16 October

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Some journalists pulled out all the stops this week to find a local angle to a gripping international story while others declared a truly important local story less than gripping; the 250th anniversary of the world's first freedom of information law; and the minister who prefers KFC perfume to answering hard questions.

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Media riff on rugby’s roll of shame

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:12:00 +1300

Another day, another player at the centre of a headline-making 'scandal' - and the media make the most of rich pickings at the bottom of rugby's barrel.

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Are social media networks taking over the news?

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Social media networks are now a big source of news for today's media - and also crucial platforms for distributing it. What people share online now often trumps traditional notions of what's news, but the new news boss at MediaWorks tells Mediawatch this is something to be embraced, not resisted.

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'Celebrity' ads in the news

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:08:00 +1300

One appearance in a TV ad made a man “a celebrity” for news purposes this week, while a genuine celebrity made the news just for appearing in a new ad.

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Mediawatch for 9 October 2016

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Another week, another rugby scandal; Mediaworks new chief Hal Crawford on social networks and the news; 'celebrity' ads in the news.

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The court of public opinion

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Losi Filipo's controversial discharge without conviction sparked outrage among the public and the media alike this week. Important facts about the law were obscured by all the anger and calls for heads to roll.

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Muted response to big shift in public funding plans

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:09:00 +1300

Established New Zealand broadcasters will compete with online outlets for our public broadcasting money from next year under a new regime proposed by New Zealand On Air. It is a significant change, but largely ignored so far by the media.

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Expensive signatures

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:08:00 +1300

Some surprising sums were paid at a political fundraiser recently, raising questions that weren't fully answered in the media.

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Mediawatch for 2 October 2016

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

The court of public opinion on a controversial sentence; New Zealand on Air plan draws a muted response; expensive signatures raise money - and questions

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Real Housewives vs Real Research

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:17:00 +1300

A rich nobody making a racist remark on a reality TV show most of us don't watch created a media frenzy this week. Meanwhile, a major journalistic investigation into racial bias in the justice system caused barely a ripple in the following days. 

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Political parties harvesting your data

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:16:00 +1300

The Labour and National parties have harvested tens of thousands of email addresses over the last couple of months with online gimmicks aimed at Facebook and Twitter users.

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Mediawatch for 25 September 2016

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:06:00 +1300

The Labour and National parties have harvested tens of thousands of emails with online gimmicks - it's clever but is it ethical?

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Media focus falls on women, not Chiefs

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:12:00 +1200

It's been weeks since the Mad Monday scandal first broke, yet key facts are still hidden from the media. While the Chiefs' players stay silent, women are the target for the loudest calls for heads to roll.

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"This is serious, Mark"- Norway calls out Facebook

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:10:00 +1200

When a Pulitzer Prize-winning picture was pulled from Facebook feeds recently, Mark Zuckerberg was called out for abusing his editorial power by a Norwegian newspaper. Mediawatch discovers its publisher is also fighting the online giant's dominance of the modern media marketplace - and winning.

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Banana drama reports obscure real food facts

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:07:00 +1200

Alarming headlines about banana prices’ upward curve obscured a downward drift in dairy and chicken that's cheap as chips

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Mediawatch for 18 September 2016

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:06:00 +1200

Media fallout from Mad Monday; Norway calls out Facebook; rotten apple coverage; banana drama obscures food facts.

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Rotten Apple coverage

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:11:00 +1200

When the PR machine is in full effect for Apple, news judgement crumbles.

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Mock shock over fake coke joke

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:12:00 +1200

News media here and overseas couldn't resist a yarn linking a government minister with drugs and a primary school, but it wasn't really news.

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Kiwi legal innovation goes viral

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:11:00 +1200

When you hear about things going viral on the internet you tend to think cats, sex, crime and celebrity but this week the Guardian created a slideshow on a Kiwi legal innovation that has been viewed more than four million times and shared by tens of thousands of people on Facebook.

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Stuff of substance in a clickbait climate

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:10:00 +1200

Is serious journalism being swamped by 'clickbait' in the online age? Is the anguished debate about the future of journalism helping? Mediawatch asks an award-winning investigative reporter who's just addressed trans-Tasman media top brass about the way forward.

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Mediawatch for 11 September 2016

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:07:00 +1200

Mock shock over fake coke joke; the NZ story which really went viral this week; stuff of substance in the time of clickbait; spreading the word when quakes strike.

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Mediawatch for 4 September 2016

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:15:00 +1200

Burglary hits the headlines; playing the long game: do media need new tools for official information?; low-fact coverage of flying fast food; FFS - how the media handle rude words

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Playing the long game

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:12:00 +1200

A new policing policy to get burglary numbers down made headlines this past week, and so did a reporter lifting the lid on a previous burglary stats that didn't stack up after years of probing. Does this show the media needs new tools to facts out in the open?

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FFS! How the media handle rude words

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:11:00 +1200

Rude words and bad language are a problem for the new media. But there's little consistency in words they think we should be shielded from and how they try to keep them clean. Mediawatch looks at some recent examples. WARNING - contains some words you're not normally exposed to by RNZ - and which you may find offensive.

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The takeaway from a low-fact flying fast food yarn

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:10:00 +1200

Was it really news that a pizza was dropped onto a picnic blanket by a drone in a field outside Auckland? Is an age of food-by-air for the needy and greedy really upon us? Mediawatch looks for the takeaway in the media’s appetite for low-fact fast food yarns

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Mediawatch for 28 August 2016

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:15:00 +1200

Doping dogged the Olympics in the run up to Rio. But why did it all go quiet once the Games got going? And did women in Rio get fair coverage? Also: the government responds to technological change in media with a meek tweak of the law. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

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Digital media upheaval prompts a tweak of the law

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:11:00 +1200

Technology is causing huge upheaval in broadcasting, but there's no bold change from the latest review of our mostly pre-internet regulations.

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Medals over morals

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:10:00 +1200

An epic doping scandal hogged the headlines before the Rio Olympics, but there was mostly silence on the subject once the Games began. And in Australia, they went up the wrong track altogether.

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Ladies: bring a medal

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:08:00 +1200

Overseas media were called out for sexism during the Olympics. There were instances in our media too, but it wasn't only the women patronised in reporting from Rio.

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