Category Archives: media

When news just isn’t

Few things are guaranteed to rile me more than the sanctimonious claim by a news outlet (print or broadcast, but it tends to be mainly newspapers) that it’s there “to serve the community”. To “cater to public interest”. Or, even … Continue reading

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They’re making my movies over here

Before waxing on about the world’s first Pavlova Western – New Zealander Mike Wallis’s soon-to-be-released-in-New Zealand movie Good For Nothing – let me first add a little credential building and context setting. Like any good United States-born and bred urban … Continue reading

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There’s a creaking and a rumbling up north

Real plans to expand an oil refinery and an electricity network. Realised plans to turn Whangarei into this country’s first fully UFB-enabled city. Ambitious plans to create a $125 million data centre. Rumoured plans to lobby for a deepwater port … Continue reading

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From ‘villain’ to victim – Campbell shows the way

Back in the 80s, when press releases were sent by telex and ‘cc’ literally meant ‘carbon copy’ I was a wet-behind-the-ears junior account assistant at Spectrum, at that time a leading southern African PR consultancy headed by industry doyen George Foot. … Continue reading

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Conspiracy or cock-up? You decide…

Happy New Year! Here’s to the next 12 months – I hope they bring us all health, happiness and hilarity. Speaking of hilarity, I’m still shaking my head in bemusement at the latest twist in the Hanover Finance/Mark and Amanda … Continue reading

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Oh crumbs! ‘Cookie Monster’ gets the sack

This was just too good not to stick up here. News.com.au reports that: The former head of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Australia has been sacked as chief executive of a Canadian health service after refusing to stop eating … Continue reading

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Collins and Co need a fresh approach

NZ Police and their Minister Judith Collins have now had a peek of the international press pack in action and they don’t like it. They won’t be able to change it, though. Unless of course they want to go the way of … Continue reading

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Global scrutiny – can you hack it?

Cries of surprise and outrage about the “disrespectful” questions being asked by international journalists in the wake of the Pike River mining tragedy and the [shock, horror, gasp] “aggressive” questioning of those in charge of the rescue operation indicate some … Continue reading

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There’s something happening here

And if you’re old enough to remember the song, you’ll recall the next line is:  “What it is ain’t exactly clear.” I was asked by a colleague yesterday to explain the American political system.  How it’s structured, who is seeking election … Continue reading

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Twitter roared

How often have you heard Twitter described as a self-indulgent fad used only by shallow, insecure and vacuous types to broadcast the inanities of their little lives… or some such? How many times have clients or employers stared at you blankly as … Continue reading

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