Category Archives: media

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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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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“Enjoy your lunch”: Pope Francis shows CEOs how it’s done

It seems the Vatican has a media rock star on its hands. Pope Francis is, from the earliest moments of his Papacy, displaying communication skills the Catholic Church has long been in dire need of. His early teachings extend way … Continue reading

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Using tablets to give good head

I hate Powerpoint. Actually, I hate Powerpoint presentations. You know – those dry, soulless experiences where presenters drag themselves up onto their hind legs and read to you – verbatim – the words that appear on the screens behind them. … 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 journalism.org.nz, 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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It’s not about the numbers. It just isn’t.

Beware smooth-talking ‘social media consultants’ who promise online fame and glory by pointing to tens of thousands of people following them on Twitter, or hundreds and hundreds of ‘likes’ on their Facebook pages. For, to mangle the old proverb involving … Continue reading

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