Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Media Take: In the Eye of the Storm

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  • TracyMac,

    With Buzzfeed, there should definitely be a move away from the more egregious swiping of content from other places without "value added". I notice they're being a bit more careful with attributions, but the posts that consist of ALL the images from someone else's blog article, with only a sentence of introduction, do annoy.

    So I hope the trend continues away from wholesale "recycling" and more towards new news content and infotainment. I don't mind aggregation either, if it is collating from various sources into a new piece of content (like those "10 best beaches" kind of thing) and properly acknowledging sources.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report

  • Simon Grigg,

    During the week David and I put together a clip for The Suburban Reptiles song Rosie with the sequence from Angel Mine that used it (one of the reasons the movie had the bizarre censor’s warning “Contains Punk Cult Material”).

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Russell: planning to bring a bunch of students up to next week's recording

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • Stephen Judd,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    “Contains Punk Cult Material”).

    This would be a classic gravestone inscription :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2120 posts Report

  • inksong,

    There is always a price for content. Buzzfeed are a particularly enthusiastic scraper of personal data for the purposes of profiling. Even scarier - you know those half-arsed 'quizzes'? Well your answers to those can end up as part of your profile in Buzzfeed.

    A fuller technical explanation - and some debate in the comments - is available at Dan Barker's blog ...

    Auckland • Since Oct 2008 • 2 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Excellent. You would have loved the huddle with Blyth.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    On-demand ...

    Last night's Media Take.

    And the extra interview with David Blyth, which is (inevitably) actually better than what actually went to air.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Great show. Why oh why does the Maori TV website require Facebook? #meh

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Kirk Alexander,

    Cheers Russell, just wanted to let you know that the extended interview seems to hang around the 10.30 mark.

    Chch • Since May 2013 • 17 posts Report

  • Kirk Alexander,

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who is probably just as confused about the anti-terror raids now as I was when they happened. Going to track down that Operation 8 doco and hopefully get a better picture...

    Chch • Since May 2013 • 17 posts Report

  • Chris Waugh,

    Hang on a minute, there's something worrying about this:

    Don Rood said that his head of news position had been disestablished.


    Staff approached by the Herald said they expected there would more significant changes when a new content boss was appointed.

    My emphasis added, and there's plenty more in the elision to worry, I just cut it down to the two bits that most grabbed my attention - though the article is so short only a Newstalk ZB editor would think, "hmmm, that's a little wordy", so it wasn't easy to decide what to chop. But Radio NZ isn't doing news anymore? Only content, whatever the hell that means? And more significant changes on the way? Like what, swords dangling by threads over presenters to make sure they keep the punters tuning in? Isn't news a specific type of content of sufficient significance to society as a whole to warrant its own department with its own boss? Could I repeat that level of alliteration? Is there any reason to not worry?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report

  • Alison McCulloch,

    I just watched the latest Media Take; thanks much for the piece by Toi about the police apology. I haven't seen the Operation 8 doco either, and will try to get a copy. The clip you included sure made clear the toxic role the news media played in the whole affair. I was trying to keep track of print media coverage of the "terror raids" at the time and wrote up a paper for PJR about it (made from a talk at a JEANZ conference in 2007). I was just horrified at the time at the incendiary (intended!) and credulous reporting, endless anonymous, even third-hand sources, and some of the editorials justifying this. So, the police apologised, but the news media never seems to have to look back and take stock of their own role, to learn anything from this, let alone, of course, to come close to apologising for what they, too, put so many people through. The 2007 reporting had the same 'feel' to it as the post 9/11 period and run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion in the U.S. (and no doubt here, too)... a 'feel' I felt close up as I was working on the foreign desk at the NY Times at the time. Which was sort of the angle I took in the talk/PJR paper: i.e. the hysteria-driven "terrorism" reporting in the post-9/11 context NZ-style, where papers were unable to resist anonymous sourcing that would let them use 'terror' and 'napalm' on the same page; where Maori were the local version of those terrifying "others" (appreciating those subjected to the raids etc., were not all Maori, but nevertheless that "Maori" featured so heavily in the coverage) At the NYT there were a series of follow-up stories of a mea culpa nature, but here we seem to sail merrily on. Who, us? But we're the fourth estate, we were only reporting what we were told, the people have a right to know, etc. etc.

    Since Feb 2008 • 6 posts Report

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