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Changing the tune on our trains

Politicians who leave office are free to speak plainly on important national matters. Recent coverage of a looming crisis at Kiwirail show the opposite's true for journalists who move to political PR.

From Mediawatch on 26 Jul 2015

Reporting race-based house sales stats sparks outrage

"Who's really buying our houses?" the Herald headline asked, but reports about Labour's leaked data - which singled out only Chinese-named buyers - triggered rows about racism rather than a reasoned debate about house price inflation in Auckland.

From Mediawatch on 19 Jul 2015

Nicky Hager: Dirty Politics and journalism one year on

His explosive book triggered official inquiries and soul-searching in politics and journalism. But one on, Nicky Hager's the only person who's been investigated by the police as a result of what he revealed. At the Centre of Investigative Journalism conference in Wellington, Nicky Hager talked to Mediawatch about lessons learned in the past year, what this week's court challenge to the raid on his home might mean for other journalists - and the prospects for investigative journalism in New Zealand today.

From Mediawatch on 19 Jul 2015

Mining for meaning in the age of digitised data

Writing code, understanding algorithms and dealing with dumps of digital data: computer science and applied maths methods are becoming key skills in the world's newsrooms. Specialist data journalists are now becoming key figures in news reporting, backing up investigations and even finding news stories from statistics in that most journalists would miss. The New Zealand Herald's Harkanwal Singh is a leader in the field in New Zealand. At the Centre of Investigative Journalism conference in Wellington, he tells Mediawatch how data journalism helps make sense of dense issues for readers - and you don't need to be a programmer to do it.

From Mediawatch on 19 Jul 2015

Mediawatch for 19 July 2015

The racial row over housing that hogged headlines all week; Nicky Hager on lessons learned one year after 'Dirty Politics'; why dealing with data is now crucial in newsrooms; a glossy magazine that tried too hard to be different.

From Mediawatch on 19 Jul 2015

A glossy magazine trying too hard to be different

Trying new things is a smart move for a magazine aiming to please picky readers. But is printing an edition back to front really the "new thinking" they might be looking for?

From Mediawatch on 19 Jul 2015

A newspaper scoop deemed unfair and unprofessional

The print media watchdog says the NZ Herald "fell sadly short" with a recent front-page story outing the woman at the centre of 'Ponytailgate'. How did this happen? Is anyone sorry?

From Mediawatch on 12 Jul 2015

Confronting ethical lapses in reporting

One reporter's deception sparked an outcry in the industry ten years ago - and a rapid retraction and apology. Top level inquiries were ordered into what went wrong to reassure readers and restore trust in the major print media publishers. Mediawatch asks a former executive who handled the fallout at that time why the response was so different then and now.

From Mediawatch on 12 Jul 2015

Online video on the rise

A lot of what we used to think of as television journalism and prgrammes are migrating from the airwaves to the internet. Who's creating original video online here these days?

From Mediawatch on 12 Jul 2015

Mediawatch for 12 July 2015

A newspaper scoop deemed unprofessional and unfair; what the response reveals about the media today; one mean tweet unleashes a wave of scorn, and; who's creating original online-only video?

From Mediawatch on 12 Jul 2015

Casting stones at Pebbles for one mean tweet

The media encourages its people to spark debate online these days. But what happens when they air an unpopular opinion, and create the wrong kind of buzz?

From Mediawatch on 12 Jul 2015

Media freedom fears under new cyberbullying law

If they're not actually victimising people online, why should they worry? Should the new Harmful Digital Communications Act prompt a rethink of how news media exploit social media for stories? Mediawatch asks NZ's top media freedom advocate

From Mediawatch on 05 Jul 2015

Issues aired on Native Affairs

Controversial questions about Maori TV were raised on its flagship current affairs show this week, on the last episode before a new team takes over.

From Mediawatch on 05 Jul 2015

Angst over bad ads for Maori TV

A Maori TV proposal to reverse a ban on advertising harmful stuff puts the heat on the powers-that-be. It also reveals some surprising aspects of the broadcaster's commercial terms and conditions - and it's not the only ethnic channel currently copping criticism for trying to boost its advertising

From Mediawatch on 05 Jul 2015

Mediawatch for 5 July 2015

Media freedom advocates say the new cyber-bullying law could cramp their style; controversial questions aired on Native Affairs; angst over bad ads on Maori TV; on-demand viewers ever more demanding; a startling stat from struggling Greece.

From Mediawatch on 05 Jul 2015

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