Contraception controversy sparks debate10/03/15
Social development minister Anne Tolley created controversy with comments about contraception this week. She won praise for taking a tough stance and she was also condemned for interfering with fundamental human rights. But what did she actually say?
Is Apple News bad news for local news?
Apple's new iOS 9 operating system offers users a slick new way of consuming the news. But some fear its acceptance of ad-blocking apps will further undermine the news industry, already struggling to make money.
Media companies in the shadow of internet giants
It’s been more than 20 years since newspapers started going online, yet the vast bulk of revenue still comes from print. Google and Facebook are now getting most of the money from online advertising. How should news media companies respond?
Cupwatch: Twitchy pundits and Brit-baiting
Mediawatch looks back at week two of the Rugby World Cup: easy games for The All Blacks but still some pundits were squirming - and mocking the English while they were down.
Mediawatch for 4 October 2015
Contraception comments spark controversy; internet giants cornering the market for news and ads; Cupwatch week two - Twitchy pundits and baiting the Brits
Piggybacking on a political attack
The media here rolled out tons of pig puns for fun when that story about David Cameron broke in the UK. But was it fair? That controversial claim came in a book backed by a wealthy enemy out to get him, and even the author doesn't know if the story of...
The papers and their publishers under pressure
Major media company NZME’s planned multimedia newsroom in Auckland could have a big effect on the news offered by its big brands, including The New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. The company denies critics' claims this will weaken the strength and...
Cupwatch: Japan overjoyed but overlooked - and Richie's...
Mediawatch looks back at the World Cup's first week in our media. Richie's no cheat, say our sports scribes, but the data disgarees. The biggest-ever upset was big in Japan, but the media mostly missed that.
Mediawatch for 27 September 2015
Piggybacking on a political attack; media in transition, integrating their news; World Cupwatch - Japan overjoyed but overlooked, and; Richie's reputation.
Scouting for gossip and clicks
A controversial journalist has returned at the helm of an online project serving up "snackable, shareable" gossip and showbiz news. It says Scout will be "internet-breaking" but will New Zealanders take the clickbait? Mediawatch looks at Scout's first...
Coach Hansen's wit and wisdom on show
Shag is a SNAG? And a chilled-out entertainer? Who knew? Steve Hansen has a reputation as hard man of few words, especially where the media's concerned. But lately the All Black coach has had them rolling in the aisles in London, and reflecting on the...
Mediawatch for 20 September 2015
Scouting for gossip and clicks; shake-up at NZME; Coach Hansen's wit and wisdom on show; companies coughing up for content; The Spinoff, and; more double-up trouble.
Companies coughing up for content: The Spinoff
An in-depth look at rugby's deep roots in New Zealand appeared in the media here this past week. It came from one of the UK's major media titles and its writer rightly won praise for it. But most people who read it here would have no idea it was paid...
Shake-up at NZME
TITLE: Shake-up at NZME DURATION: 3 min 07 sec Broadcast time: 20 September 2015; 0908 Programme Code: Mwatch Participants: Colin Peacock TEXT: New Zealand Media and Entertainment says its print, digital and radio news will come together in a "world...
More double-up trouble
Another instance of interesting stories and important information appearing in our papers - too many times.
Mediawatch for 13 September 2015
All Blacks overexposure; everyone rates Richie - almost; claims of a dignity deficit in online news; not wrong for long.
All Black overexposure
Pundits and journalists reacted badly when the Rugby World Cup squad was unveiled at parliament recently and politicians took advantage of the photo opportunity. But the news media followed every step of the All Blacks' national PR push this past week...
Everyone rates Richie - almost
A lot of expectation rests with All Black skipper Richie McCaw - and not just in the upcoming World Cup. This past week, media pundits have hailed him as the most powerful person in world rugby, a possible head of state and even a future global...
Is there a dignity deficit in online news?
Startling videos of ordinary people stressing out, cracking up and melting down are widely shared on social media, usually for fun. Mainstream media also post videos of vulnerable people too - as news. Should people be pulling the media up for this?...
Not wrong for long
TVNZ's cleaning up in the ratings battle for prime time news, but its boss was recently quoted as saying its news doesn't pay its way. But that startling statement was quickly turned on its head.
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