The Tribal Huk gang's promise to drive the drug P out of Ngaruawahia caught the imagination of the media and won praise from pundits. But did they know what they were actually applauding? Read moreAudio
The Marlborough Express has warned that it can’t go on as a daily paper forever and it is considering new ideas, including reporting sponsored by readers and printing on fewer days of the week. Could… Read moreVideo, Audio
Shows devoted to business news vanished from our TV screens years ago - because people can get it online anytime and because it's often boring. Mediawatch asks BBC business frontman Ben Thompson if… Read moreAudio
Reports of a "surge in support" for a higher speed limit cropped up in the news this week, backed by a big name broadcaster. But the environmental impact and the cost to the public went unmentioned. Read moreAudio
This week news organisations bent over backwards to come up with a local angle to a gripping international story, but over recent weeks they've shown far less enthusiasm when it comes to important… Read moreAudio
Ever wanted to know the names of the Customs Service's golden labradors? Or whose idea it was to purchase that teenage-repelling mosquito device installed at the Papanui Library? Well, the answers to… Read moreAudio
Some journalists pulled out all the stops this week to find a local angle to a gripping international story while others declared a truly important local story less than gripping; the 250th… Read moreAudio
Social media networks are now a big source of news for today's media - and also crucial platforms for distributing it. What people share online now often trumps traditional notions of what's news, but… Read moreAudio
Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the 'new' electronic media. It also examines the performance of the agencies, corporations and institutions that regulate them. It looks into the impact the media has on the nation, highlighting good practice as well as bad along the way - and it also enquires into overseas trends and technological developments which New Zealanders need to know about.
It aims to enlighten everyone with an interest in the media about how it all works, how quickly things are changing - and how certain significant stories and issues are being covered. It's also intended to be essential listening for those who work in the industry itself - as well as those who simply enjoy well-produced and lively radio.