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


Summer camp scandal sparks flood of opinion

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:11:00 +1300

Labour's summer camp scandal triggered a flood of opinion in the media this past week. Much of it claimed political spin had overridden the rights of the victims, but the coverage and comment also made it an even more political story.

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Publisher puts a cat among the pigeons

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:10:00 +1300

Once a behind-the-scenes boss, National Business Review owner Todd Scott has been front-and-centre lately - culling contributors, taking on ad agencies and clashing with other journalists including his own. He tells Mediawatch it's all part of a plan to put paying subscribers at the heart of the business.  

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Digital media pioneer urges radical rethink of copyright

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:08:00 +1300

Our creaking pre-internet copyright law is up for review, with the rights of digital-age creators and consumers in conflict. Canadian author and online pioneer Cory Doctorow tells Mediawatch propping up old business models would be like rewarding the winners of last year’s lottery all over again. But if we're more free to share online, how will anyone make a living?​

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Mediawatch for 18 March 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Flood of opinion follows Labour's summer camp revelations; pioneering digital journalist Cory Doctorow urges NZ to free up copyright law; NBR's boss pushes subscriber-funded journalism; Korean correction.

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MeToo media campaign inundated with messages

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:10:00 +1300

Inspired by #MeToo campaigns abroad, broadcaster Alison Mau and publisher Stuff are urging New Zealanders to blow the whistle on sexual assault and harassment at work. Hundreds of women have already been in touch with stories Ms Mau described as "heartbreaking".

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The media’s PR people problem

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:09:00 +1300

The way lobbyists and PR people move in and out of political circles has created a problem for the media who use them to fill their programs, stories and websites more and more these days. One publisher tells Mediawatch he’s cutting ties completely with people “paid to push a point of view.”

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Mediawatch for 11 March 2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:05:00 +1300

MeToo campaign spreads the net wide; the media's PR people problem; a protest that wasn't.

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How far off is the government's media funding fix?

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 09:10:00 +1300

The broadcasting minister has appointed advisors to look into funding our public media at arm's length from government. The new TV channel she once wanted seems to be off the table for the foreseeable future, but when will we know who gets the $38 million funding boost promised before the election?

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Will the Swiss pull the plug on public broadcasting?

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 09:08:00 +1300

While our government is promising to put more public money into public broadcasting, Switzerland is about to vote on whether to pull the plug on it altogther.

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Mediawatch for 4 March 2018

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 09:05:00 +1300

Soft-focus portraits of the PM; minister moves towards media funding fix; Swiss vote on paying for public broadcasting; will new voice tech take off here?

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Portrait of the PM goes sour

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:53:00 +1300

A fawning portrait of our PM has been condemned as creepy and sexist hours after it aired in Australia. But while that made headlines here, her part in a recent overseas broadcast marking a political milestone for women went completely unreported here. 

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Look! No hands! The rise of ‘voice’

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:10:00 +1300

Voice-activated ‘smart speakers’ now on the market mean you can get news online without lifting a finger. Our big media companies are all on board, but will this change the nature of our news? Or will Kiwis give the hands-free habit the finger?

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Return to sender: bogus yarns from The Mail

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:07:00 +1300

Do chips make your hair grow back? No. Is cleaning the house as bad for you as smoking? No. But our click-hungry news websites keep running truth-bending beat-up news stories from British online outlet The Mail.

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Mediawatch for 25 February 2018

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Little local papers culled by big publisher Stuff; NZME signposts a paywall for premium content; Look - no hands! The rise of 'voice'; time to return the Mail's bogus yarns to sender.

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Big publisher culls community papers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:19:00 +1300

The country's biggest publisher of news is preparing to close or sell many of its rural and community newspapers around the country. Mediawatch looks at the reasons why and what it might mean for the media.

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Claims of dirty politics in MP’s Snapchat story

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:10:00 +1300

A small story buried on page five of a paper last Sunday revealed MP Chris Bishop messaged youngsters online before the last election. The media questioned the MP’s conduct  - but not the media's handling of the story.

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Hate speech vs free speech in the media

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:10:00 +1300

Claims of hate speech and the right to free speech made the news this week in response to racially-charged commentary in the media. One case played out in the court of public opinion, the other in a court of law. What does the outcome tell us about what’s fit to print - and what’s not?

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Mediawatch for 18 February 2018

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:07:00 +1300

Social media rebounds on politicians; claims of dirty politics in MPs Snapchat story; free speech vs. hate speech in the media.

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NZ's news coverage shrinks as agency shuts down

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:56:00 +1300

The closure of Australian-owned New Zealand Newswire means there will no longer be an independent news agency gathering national news in this country. Mediawatch asks editor-in-chief Tony Gillies why it’s closing and what will be lost.

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Increasing the peace at Waitangi

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:11:00 +1300

The media described Waitangi as peaceful place on our national day this year, in contrast to years gone by in which reports were heavy on conflict. How did they get to grips with the change in atmosphere?

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Is sports journalism on the ropes?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:09:00 +1300

"To say I'm worried about the future of sports journalism is like Captain Smith saying he was worried about the wellbeing of the Titanic… after it struck the iceberg." A leading sports editor warns, New Zealand media may be walking away from sport, and a crisis in coverage could damage the sports themselves.

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Tunnel vision on bridge to nowhere

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:09:00 +1300

No-one has seriously proposed a Cook Strait bridge or tunnel for more than a century - and no expert says one is feasible now. So why was it suddenly front page news this week?

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Mediawatch for 11 February 2018

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Increasing the peace at Waitangi; is sports journalism on the ropes?; tunnel vision and a bridge to nowhere.

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Pat Booth 1929- 2018: Enemy of 'the obvious and the innocuous'

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:11:00 +1300

Pat Booth was one of New Zealand’s most respected, effective and inspirational investigative journalists. He died last Wednesday, aged 88. Mediawatch looks back at some of his achievements - and his opinions about his profession. 

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Can the crowd fix Facebook and boost online news?

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:10:00 +1300

Under pressure over misinformation, founder Mark Zuckerberg says he will “fix Facebook” by prioritising “trustworthy and informative” news recommended by readers. 

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Mediawatch for 4 February 2018

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:10:00 +1300

Pat Booth's life and legacy; can the crowd fix Facebook and online news?; media's unhealthy appetite for fast food news.

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Do-nut adjust your set

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:06:00 +1300

The media aren't always inclined to bite the brands that feed when fast food firms put a new product on the market. The makers of a new sweet treat in Auckland had the media eating out of their hands this past week.

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PM's pregnancy kickstarts media frenzy

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:10:00 +1300

The holiday news drought was washed away by a flood of reports and reckons about the PM’s pregnancy.

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Media boss hits out at government policy

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:09:00 +1300

The boss of major media company MediaWorks has hit out at the new government's plan to boost public broadcasting  - and even claimed it could wipe out his business.

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Viral airline outrage yarn sparks fake news claims

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:07:00 +1300

Reports of a New Zealand doctor scandalised by stewardesses’ skimpy uniforms on a foreign airline made headlines around the world this past week. But was this for real - or fake news?  

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Mediawatch for 28 January 2018

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:06:00 +1300

PM's pregnancy sparks media frenzy; media boss hits out at new government's public broadcasting policy plan; airline outrage yarn goes viral - but was it for real?

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