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

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


Wellington, New Zealand


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




'Groundswell' exposes rural / urban divide in media

At the biggest national protest for years last week, farmers made it clear they're unhappy with the government and they feel unloved by the country - and the media. The media coverage also revealed a rural / urban divide itself.


Government and media get on same page for terrorism

A group representing our major news media have agreed a set of principles for reporting terrorism and “national security events." It's a response to fears extremists could use the media for their own ends and that disclosures during an emergency could put lives in danger - especially when information is unverified. But does giving ground on this mean the media surrender their right to publish in the public interest?


The problem with economists' forecasts

The data is clear: economists' forecasts are often wrong. Given their track record, shouldn't these prognostications come with more caveats and disclaimers when they're broadcast by the media?


Mediawatch for 25 July 2021

Protests expose urban/rural divide in media; government and media on same page over terrorism reporting; the problem with economists' forecasts.


Midweek Mediawatch - podcasting politicians

Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Susana Leiataua about surprises in Gerry Brownlee’s ‘Backroom’ while James Shaw jams with Brian Eno. Also - talk radio ringing the changes; ‘anti-woke’ UK TV news channel turns to Farage after viewers tune out.


New journalism fund's first projects unveiled

The first tranche of the government’s $55m journalism Fund has been allocated - against a backdrop of criticism it could skew reporting of political issues. Māori journalism projects and a new training initiative are the major beneficiaries of the first $10m, but some of the money goes to things already funded from the public purse. Mediawatch asks talk to NZ On Air’s head of journalism about that - and what the public will get for their money.


Money for the mob and hoha over koha

A regional paper’s scoop about $2.75m in public funding for a drug rehabilitation programme with Mongrel Mob connections kicked off a political controversy - and so did $200 koha.


A deeply unsympathetic media campaign

Employers have put their hands out for more migrant workers to fill gaps in their rosters over the last two weeks, but their campaign may have hit a sour note.


Mediawatch for 18 July 2021

Labour market's mixed messsages; new journalism fund unveils first projects; angst over money and the mob; good, bad and gruesome of sport.


Midweek Mediawatch - revenge for pineapple on pizza

Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about controversial sportscaster Martin Devlin reportedly returning to the radio; the Forever War in Afghanistan; football not coming home after all - but dominating the media.


Afghanistan’s war dropping out of sight

Twenty years after the US invaded Afghanistan in pursuit of Al Qaeda, it suddenly pulled its troops out this week. It’s the end of the longest war in modern history in which 3500 New Zealanders also served and 10 died. Will it be out of sight and out of mind for the media now the country is on its own again?


Do top stars trump media power in sport?

Naomi Osaka will be a star at the Tokyo Olympics after taking time out for her mental health. Some say giving stressful press conferences a swerve was no-one else’s business, but those in the business of selling sport saw the seeds of doom in the tennis star’s stance. After all the noise, has she changed sports media for good - or for the better?


Sexist sports spray sparks startling sacking

A story about a little-known sports journalist losing a brand new job on a radio network that’s not even on air yet surged to the top of the ‘most-viewed’ lists on news websites this week. Why was producer Sam ‘Lashes’ Casey sacked for something he wrote for another media outlet?


Mediawatch for 11 July 2021

Afghanistan's war dropping out of sight; a sexist sports spray sparks a startling sacking; does star power trump media power in sport?


Midweek Mediawatch: A sport radio sacking

In this week's edition of Midweek Mediawatch, Hayden Donnell talks to Susana Leiataua about a sacking prompted by a sexist column, some illuminating commentary on proposed hate speech legislation, and some missing voices in thhe media's coverage of a restaurant industry campaign.


Media turn up heat on hate speech

A discussion document on proposed hate speech laws generated plenty of discussion in the media - and spurious claims that merely insulting people could be criminalised. Some senior journalists seized on ministers muddying the waters - but did they give the public a clear picture of what’s actually at stake


Putting victims at the centre of reporting

The media has sometimes been guilty of sidelining, shrugging off, or silencing sexual assault and harassment victims. Stuff's Kirsty Johnston talked to Mediawatch about how to centre those victims in reporting.


Reporters stand in storm, confirm it's cold and wet

Most of us waited out this week's winter storm indoors, with heaters set to high. Not so the nation's journalists, who instead sought out the most miserable places in the country, and stood in the middle of them.


Mediawatch for 4 July 2021

Media turn up heat on hate speech; victim-cantered reporting; reporters weathering the storm.


Midweek Mediawatch - 30 June 2021

Mediawatch’s weekly catch-up with Lately. Colin Peacock talks to Karyn Hay about new data on the media and misinformation in New Zealand - and a new podcast airing anxiety about China’s influence here. Also: a southern stalwart honoured by the ODT and a new talkback takedown on TV.