Affection for elephants obscures important issues08/29/15
Anjalee the elephant has been a huge hit since arriving at Auckland Zoo recently. A celebration of her birthday was widely covered this past week in the media, but the same can't be said of controversial issues which arose after the plan to import...
Police shooting animals sparks outrage - and amusement
A runaway cow killed by police in Whanganui became a national news story this week when the shooting was captured on camera. It horrified some people, and amused others. But with cameras almost everywhere these days, police putting down out-of-place...
Mediawatch for 30 August 2015
Affection for elephants obscures important issues; police shooting animals sparks outrage - and amusement; are 'fake news' programmes like The Daily Show just fun or legitimate political journalism?; the paper that sold its own town to prove it exists.
Is The Daily Show's 'fake news' legitimate journalism?
When Jon Stewart quit as the long-time host of the ground-breaking US satire show recently, critics credited him with changing politics and TV journalism in the US - as well as comedy. But while fans mourn the loss of "America's satirist-in-chief,"...
The paper that sold its own town to prove it exists
Last week, the local paper in Whitianga sold the town on Trade Me for $32 to draw attention to the fact that people there can’t list it as home when buying and selling on the site. A campaign in The Mercury Bay Informer prompted the online auction...
Claims and counter-claims of bias, cheek-by-jowl
Opinions are like backsides, as the old saying goes. Everyone's got one. But in the media, some are aired more often than others. (Opinions, that is . . . ) Winston Peters sparked debate this week by calling Mike Hosking a "National Party stooge, a...
Using news to help hype radio shows
Wondering why stories about radio stars splitting up, staying up all night or handing out money are suddenly all over your news? It's "survey time" again. Radio stations are desperate to boost their ratings and their owners shamelessly use news...
Mediawatch for 23 August 2015
Claim and counter-claim of bias cheek-by-jowl, using news to help hype radio shows; news you can use goes hyperlocal, and; examining claims screens change kids' brains.
News you can use going hyperlocal
Eight years ago, a dairy coolstore exploded in Tamahere near Hamilton - one of New Zealand's worst-ever industrial accidents at the time. Freelance journalist Pip Stevenson started an online news service which has covered the fallout in great detail....
Examining claims that screens can change kids' brains
We're constantly hearing in the media that IT is changing the way we live. Fantastically useful and portable devices mean we can stay in touch with each other, and hook into the media, wherever we go and whenever we want. There's also been plenty in...
Hyperlocal news you can use on the rise
Later this month, Tamahere Forum by freelance journalist Pip Stevenson is up for the 'Best Community Website' prize at the Australia New Zealand Internet Awards (The ANZIAs) along with local news sites based in Motueka and north-east Hamilton. All...
TV3's new news show. What's the Story?
TV3's canning of Campbell Live earlier this year prompted angst about the future of serious current affairs on our screens. They successor wouldn't be "light and fluffy". So what is it? Mediawatch takes a look at its first week on air.
Oh no. More Sky Go no-go woe
Sky's streaming service was down for last weekend's Silver Ferns thriller. It wasn't Sky's fault, but it's far from the first time sports fans have been frustrated by its failure during top live games. With the Rugby World Cup coming up, some fans...
Daily Show no-shows irk long-suffering fans
Sky TV's also been copping flak for failing to screen the much-hyped last-ever Daily Show with Jon Stewart as advertised, on the day that it aired in the US. But it's far from the first time local fans of the man dubbed 'America's satirist-in-chief'...
The response to claims of a pale, male monopoly on air
It is rare for someone prominent in the media to criticise the way they are run. Rarer still if they single out their own employers. Newstalk ZB's Rachel Smalley recently said prime time broadcasting is dominated by "wealthy white men" including her...
Mediawatch for 16 August 2015
The new TV3 news show picking up where Campbell Live left off; Sky cops flak for Sky Go no-go and Daily Show no-show, and; too many pale males hogging prime airtime?
Helping hands skew the news overseas?
No New Zealand reporters went to Hawaii where the TPP negotiations came to nothing, even though that ended up leading the news last weekend. But three political reporters were in New York to see our foreign minister in the big chair at the UN at the...
Public pays for diplomatic TV dinners
Pav served at the pad of our man at the UN was in the news recently, but soon we may also see tasty treats at our diplomatic residences on TV. A million dollars of public broadcasting money is being spent on a TVNZ show to send winners of Masterchef...
John Campbell on journalism - and the numbers game
Shortly after the announcement he's joining Radio New Zealand - again - Mediawatch asked John Campbell why he's returning, what his multimedia programme for drivetime might bring to RNZ National - and what it might take away. And having left one...
Behind the veil of trade talks secrecy
With trade officials trying to hammer out a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement behind closed doors in Hawaii this week, it was hard for the media to say what was on the table, and what was at stake, in what's been called the biggest trade deal ever....
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