Category Archives: journalism

Carbon paper, filing cabinets, couriers and telex

In just over 111 years mankind has progressed from putting the first powered aircraft into flight to landing a machine on a comet. This astounding rate of evolution in the aviation and aerospace industry comforts me slightly when I look … Continue reading

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Jilted at dawn

Aah – the trials and tribulations of a flashy media lifestyle. There I was. All set up and ready to chat with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB this morning about the Len Brown train-smash. They’d called me from out of … Continue reading

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Firm masters cup cake

Kudos to Core Builders Composites, the Kiwi firm that built Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup-winning boat, for textbook issues management. Instead of retreating behind locked doors when the NZ media came calling they embraced the communication challenge and… well, what … Continue reading

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Credibility missing in Northland mining debate

Last week I helped judge the Lions Young Ambassador Award hosted by the Opononi and Districts Lions Club. I was struck by the speech made by Samanatha Scahill, a 17-year old student at Kerikeri High School. This young lady, who … Continue reading

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Mum, media luvvies over-react after boy, 12, not hit by car

‘Mum asked to pay up after son, 12, hit by car’ was New Zealand’s weightiest story yesterday, the headline screaming out from the front page of the NZ Herald. It wasn’t the biggest news du jour, of course – but … Continue reading

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Words versus deeds

  I thought it was quite interesting to compare and contrast these two stories…       Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it

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The Hot Seat; now a harder sell

Last night New Zealand television current affairs programme host John Campbell told viewers that increasing numbers of organisational spokesmen were declining to be interviewed on his programme (from 7’10” in this clip). This was the second time I’d heard that … Continue reading

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Don’t write off the good guys, Bernard

Bernard Hickey is building a new media model in New Zealand. Called, its approach is described as ‘public interest journalism funded by the public’ Read more about it here. It sounds fascinating. I was disturbed by the disparaging references … Continue reading

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That’s just a PR embargo

   Embargoes! Ever a thorny topic. It’s no longer a tussle between print and broadcast as to who breaks the news first. For some time now the battle has been between online news sites – regardless of who operates them or which form … Continue reading

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#LearnwithKim .com

The Dotcom saga took two dramatic new twists this week with the emergence of the Megaupload founder as the latest (and strangest?) New Zealand folk hero, and the judgement by Chief High Court judge Helen Winkelmann that search warrants used … Continue reading

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