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Hard News: The media awards are dead – long live the media awards!

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  • Hilary Stace,

    Congratulations to all of us. Even more deserved as the judges for this award were Deborah Hill Cone and Bill Ralston - not known as fans of the lefty stuff which sometimes appears on this site.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report

  • Holly Johnson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A very positive evening, for old media and new … great to see that The Wireless has its moment in the sun. Paul Cavanagh, the former Radio New Zealand CEO who founded it, can take a bow.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2008 • 10 posts Report

  • David Hood, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ‘Worst Pun on an Award Winning Blog; Comments Section’ category

    I thought there were already awards for pundits? :)

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report

  • Adrian Humm,

    Congratulations Russell and all the Public Address team. I was on a Big OE from the UK in 1992 when I first heard Russell's understated rant on air. That was all it took for me to make NZ my home in 1993. That and the passionate way in which New Zealanders fought for social justice. Here we are 23 years later and I still come to Public Address for refuge from Godwin's Law. I'm glad you can still summon the energy Russell.

    Dargaville • Since Nov 2006 • 16 posts Report

  • ThoughtSpur,

    Well done Russell and collbaorators. Richly deserved. Congratualtions.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 15 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Adrian Humm,

    Russell’s understated rant

    I don't think I've ever heard it called that before ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Rob Stowell,

    Congratulations! Well deserved.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2120 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Hey Judicious...

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard it called that before …

    Well it was in many ways an adulter rant
    but the opposite of an adulterant
    hey, you made it better
    - refrain...
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Shane Le Brun,

    More Congrats from me too

    Since Mar 2015 • 47 posts Report

  • Alfie,

    From a reader who first enjoyed Hard News in email newsletter form back in the early 90s (?) it's been a pleasure to see your work mature into the nicely moderated blog PAS has become... many thanks Russell. The award is well deserved.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • nzlemming,

    Well done indeed, and even the fact that Bernard Orsman got one too doesn't diminish your (our? you're very kind) achievement. Long may it continue!

    As one of those who've tried your patience, I think I've learned something too ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report

  • Gareth Davidson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    "And the award for best ghost writer of the year goes to..."

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 59 posts Report

  • Marion Ogier,

    Congratulations. It is fantastic to have places like Public Address, The Spinoff and The Wireless to go to for quality work in this clickbaity media world. Also Matt Nippert is fantastic - like a gold nugget in the pile of shite that is the Herald these days. And finally Wallace Chapman - I happened on the John Kirwan interview and it was great.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2010 • 20 posts Report

  • Kumara Republic,


    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5446 posts Report

  • Jane Pearson,

    And my congratulations and thanks too - and ditto re Sunday morning's programme, The Spinoff and The Wireless for quality reading and listening.

    Since Feb 2010 • 28 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Damian Christie,

    a bit like distinguishing between variations in electronic music

    indeed, indeed

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Lilith __,


    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Marc C,

    "And yes, we won too. Public Address was named Best Blog Site. That’s the whole site, not just me: and that means all our bloggers, our developers CactusLab and you, the readers and commenters. Lord knows some of you try my patience at times, but I learn something from you every day."

    I do not follow awards events and hence have just taken note of this. Congratulations to Russell and all others involved with this site.

    On and off I have come here to read, and at times comment, trying to regain some sanity in the overly commercialised, often rather depressing present day mainstream media and some of the not always friendly blog-sphere.

    This is encouraging and good news to hear.

    Auckland • Since Oct 2012 • 437 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    I've just received the comments from Canons Best Blog Site judges Deborah Hill Cone and Bill Ralston:

    With Public Address Russell Brown inspires hope the internet can be deep as well as fast. He should feel proud he has created a unique and meaningful community with a compelling voice that demands to be heard, not by shrieking loudly but by talking thoughtfully.

    For an online entity, Public Address retains a surprisingly quirky and organic personality. Readers are left in no doubt this is an enterprise which is authentic and wholehearted, not dreamt up in a corporate focus group. The writing is classy but fierce, bringing clarity to topics as varied as racism, footpaths and eczema.

    Public Address is a place to read something that means something.

    Awwww ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Brent Jackson,


    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 620 posts Report

  • John McCormick,

    Congratulations, and well deserved. It's wonderful that there's somewhere I can go to for respite after looking at nzherald.co.nz and finding 5 stories about the bachelor.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 18 posts Report

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yay Eczema!

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Yay Eczema!

    I know! I smiled when I saw that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Rebecca Gray, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What a lovely comment from the judges. Nice one!

    Wellington • Since May 2016 • 23 posts Report

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