Colin Craig's crisis sparks a media feeding frenzy06/27/15
The Conservative Party imploded after an interview in a sauna which had screened two weeks earlier. But in spite of wall-to-wall coverage, that didn't cause the Conservatives' collapse.
Stunts and scalps: laughing with politicians - or at them?
Sometimes the media embrace politicians who can take a joke, or try something new. Sometimes they punish them for it.
RNZ's content chief on a looming shake-up of its news
Mediawatch asks RNZ's Carol Hirschfeld why she's rejigging RNZ's reporting, and what on-air and online audiences should expect. Also, her reaction to turmoil at her former employers: Maori Television and TV3, where she founded the now-defunct Campbell...
TV3 picks Campbell's Live's successors
New hosts have been named for a new show called 'Story'. But is one of them over-committed already?
Big-name broadcaster makes a billion-dollar bungle
Mike Hosking confidently tells TV One viewers New Zealand leads the world in retirement savings. But he's a bit confused . . .
Mediawatch 28 June 2015
The feeding frenzy over Colin Craig; punishment of politicians who play along with the media; RNZ's head of content on a shake-up of news, and; TV3 announces its post-Campbell show, one broadcaster's billion-dollar slip.
The return of a Maori TV scoop
Native Affairs praised for a following up a bold investigation prompting political action. Will the channel deliver such stories in future?
Military mistakes exclusively exposed on TV
A new TV3 investigation has given a fuller picture of a deadly day in Afghanistan, and it was partly paid for from the public purse.
Digital media transition gathers speed
NZ's biggest publisher of news goes ahead with its dramatic digital transformation. What are the risks?
Local cartoons cut from local papers?
Fairfax Media's regional newspapers are running cartoons from the same single artist each day. They say it's what the editors want, but an expert says it's a short-sighted move.
High in fat, but low on facts
Stories about how eating or drinking a particular food group will lead to people living longer and healthier lives are a staple part of the media diet.
Mediawatch for 21 June 2015
The return of a Maori TV scoop; military mistakes exposed on TV3; digital transition gathers speed at our big media companies; local cartoons cut from local papers, and; stories about diets high in fat - but low on facts.
Taser questions raised - but not answered
Once over lightly, as a controversial crime-fighting weapon turned five this week.
All cops, all prime time?
Police-based reality TV shows are on screen almost every night now. Who's calling the shots when they're being made?
Coverage of Jerry Collins' death raises hackles
Some media were criticised for reporting too much too soon after the sudden and shocking death of the former All Black. Was that fair?
Critical caning for flat FIFA film
Terrible timing for a terrible movie about a terrible organisation with no sense of humour
Mediawatch for 14 June 2015
All cops, all primetime: do popular police reality TV shows give us a true picture? Also coverage of Jerry Collins's death raises hackles, a superficial scan of five years of the taser and the critical caning of a FIFA movie.
Mediawatch for 7 June 2015
Should people convicted of serious crimes be free to talk to the media?; a review of reporting racial issues picks out one particular paper; big-name papers end up publishing the same stuff twice.
Newspapers striving to do away with duplication end up publishing the same stuff twice.
Newspaper singled out in review of reporting racial issues
Was a recent Human Right Commission review right to single out the Taranaki Daily News?
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