Lashing out on camera - ending up on the news07/25/15
"If it bleeds, it leads" - so goes the old saying about the media headlining stuff that's truly shocking. But someone simply losing their rag in front of the cameras also excites the editors. Mediawatch looks at how Labour leader Andrew Little and...
Winter is coming? Churnalism freezes out the facts
How did scary stories of an ice age just 15 years from now spread throughout the news media last week? Mediawatch looks at the role of a couple of stray quotation marks, some dismal churnalism - and how the media reacted when the experts pointed out...
Mediawatch for 26 July 2015
How a scary story about an imminent ice age went round the world recently, even though most experts said it was nonsense. Also: how journalists have more in common with cops than they might like to think; people being angry ending up on the evening...
What do journalists and cops have in common?
Reporters often come into conflict with the police in the course of chasing a good story. But both sides are dedicated to uncovering the truth on behalf of the public they serve and they also have to be good at persuading people to co-operate. Knowing...
Changing the tune on our trains
Politicians who leave office are free to speak plainly on important national matters. Recent coverage of a looming crisis at Kiwirail show the opposite's true for journalists who move to political PR.
Reporting race-based house sales stats sparks outrage
"Who's really buying our houses?" the Herald headline asked, but reports about Labour's leaked data - which singled out only Chinese-named buyers - triggered rows about racism rather than a reasoned debate about house price inflation in Auckland....
Nicky Hager: Dirty Politics and journalism one year on
His explosive book triggered official inquiries and soul-searching in politics and journalism. But one on, Nicky Hager's the only person who's been investigated by the police as a result of what he revealed. At the Centre of Investigative Journalism...
Mining for meaning in the age of digitised data
Writing code, understanding algorithms and dealing with dumps of digital data: computer science and applied maths methods are becoming key skills in the world's newsrooms. Specialist data journalists are now becoming key figures in news reporting,...
Mediawatch for 19 July 2015
The racial row over housing that hogged headlines all week; Nicky Hager on lessons learned one year after 'Dirty Politics'; why dealing with data is now crucial in newsrooms; a glossy magazine that tried too hard to be different.
A glossy magazine trying too hard to be different
Trying new things is a smart move for a magazine aiming to please picky readers. But is printing an edition back to front really the "new thinking" they might be looking for?
A newspaper scoop deemed unfair and unprofessional
The print media watchdog says the NZ Herald "fell sadly short" with a recent front-page story outing the woman at the centre of 'Ponytailgate'. How did this happen? Is anyone sorry?
Confronting ethical lapses in reporting
One reporter's deception sparked an outcry in the industry ten years ago - and a rapid retraction and apology. Top level inquiries were ordered into what went wrong to reassure readers and restore trust in the major print media publishers. Mediawatch...
Mediawatch for 12 July 2015
A newspaper scoop deemed unprofessional and unfair; what the response reveals about the media today; one mean tweet unleashes a wave of scorn, and; who's creating original online-only video?
Online video on the rise
A lot of what we used to think of as television journalism and prgrammes are migrating from the airwaves to the internet. Who's creating original video online here these days?
Casting stones at Pebbles for one mean tweet
The media encourages its people to spark debate online these days. But what happens when they air an unpopular opinion, and create the wrong kind of buzz?
Media freedom fears under new cyberbullying law
If they're not actually victimising people online, why should they worry? Should the new Harmful Digital Communications Act prompt a rethink of how news media exploit social media for stories? Mediawatch asks NZ's top media freedom advocate
Issues aired on Native Affairs
Controversial questions about Maori TV were raised on its flagship current affairs show this week, on the last episode before a new team takes over.
Mediawatch for 5 July 2015
Media freedom advocates say the new cyber-bullying law could cramp their style; controversial questions aired on Native Affairs; angst over bad ads on Maori TV; on-demand viewers ever more demanding; a startling stat from struggling Greece.
Angst over bad ads for Maori TV
A Maori TV proposal to reverse a ban on advertising harmful stuff puts the heat on the powers-that-be. It also reveals some surprising aspects of the broadcaster's commercial terms and conditions - and it's not the only ethnic channel currently...
On-demand sports fans ever more demanding
TVNZ's providing continuous live coverage from Wimbledon on TV, online and on demand - and all for free. But still, some sporys fans still aren't satisfied
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