Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:33

Social Media and Activism

Social media is a great way of raising the profile and needs of humanitarian agencies, a platform where stories can be told to thousands of people that have 'liked' a page, the trouble is that 'likes' don't always translate to donations, and even worse it can have a negative effect on donations, marketing lecturer at Auckland University Bodo Lang chats with Andrew.

Published in Mornings
Friday, 25 October 2013 15:01

Celebrity privacy

The Private lives of public figures have always generated a lot of interest and sales for newspapers and magazines, but how much is too much? Media commentator Jim Tully joins the show and chats with George.

Published in Mornings

Tim-Sisarich-filmingNew Zealander and former Rhema/Shine TV host Tim Sisarich is the host of a new, high profile US$5 million documentary film launched by Focus on the Family.

The Family Project is a new initiative which targets the increasing divorce rate and the effect on children of not having a father around - a higher risk of suicide, teen pregnancy or gang membership.

The organisation hopes the film will bolster families across the world and address social ills such as homelessness, gang violence and assault.

John Shepherd, the president of the movie's producers, Mpower Pictures, says family is the basic building block of society, and that the project aims to empower not only the artists but also the audience to make positive change in the culture.

Host Tim Sisarich has been filming the documentary since March and is due to finish filming this month. The movie is accompanied by a multi-media curriculum which aims to help people understand why God designed the family the way He did. Sisarich told the Christian Post newspaper, "We know an architect who can bring us back to the original design for family,and if we have to go to the ends of the earth to bring this truth to light, then let's do it."

Focus on the Family has released a promotional video (below) ahead of the movie's release next year.

RBG News

Published in Faith

TVNZ-Television-centreTelevision advertising revenue dropped by $6.6 million for our state broadcaster last year - down 2.1 percent on the year before.

The figure's revealed in TVNZ's year end financial results today.

Revenue from digital media though is up substantially - by 21 percent.

TVNZ made an after tax profit of $14.4 million, slightly ahead of its statement of forecast and very slightly up on last year.

Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says the standout performer was TVNZ Ondemand.

TVNZ also says it's planning to sell a second package of land and buildings to Sky City for $10.6 million.

Sky City will use it as part of their new Conference Centre.

TVNZ says Sky City's purchase of TVNZ land and buildings has triggered the opportunity to consolidate its Auckland staff into one building and redesign its central Auckland facility into what it's calling 'an open, flexible workspace'.

While the majority of staff will have to move to temporary accommodation for up to two years, TVNZ's News and Current affairs and core technology support staff will remain at their current base in the main building to ensure business continuity.

RBG News / Newstalk ZB / Media release

Published in National
Thursday, 08 August 2013 15:43

Do 'likes' equal votes?

Dr. Michael Cameron a researcher from Waikato University talks about using social media for campaigning and whether there is a correlation between ‘likes’ and votes.

Published in Mornings
Thursday, 08 August 2013 15:30

Alasdair Thompson on the media storm

Alasdair Thompson talks with Allan Lee about his experience being at the centre of a media storm, whether the media is scare-mongering over Fonterra's botulism scare, and further GCSB implications.

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Published in Mornings
Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:36

Journalists under threat

Journalist-camera-reporter dangerWorld leaders are being exhorted to ensure greater protection of journalists.

A meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has been told that action is needed over the growing numbers of assassinated reporters. The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom - reminded Council members of the important role that journalism plays.

"I urge all parties to respect the need of journalists to perform their professional duties safely. Society as a whole depends on free and independent media to make informed choices," said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

Industry representatives also presented their case at the Security Council open debate in New York, held to discuss civilian protection, especially that of reporters, in armed conflict. The four veterans who addressed the 15 Council ambassadors were Kathleen Carroll (AP), Richard Engel (NBC News), Ghaith Abdul-Ahad ("Guardian"), and prize-winning correspondent Mustafa Haji Abdinur (AFP).

The last is a self-taught reporter working in Somalia, who described himself as a dead man walking because of the risks he takes to cover events in his conflict-ridden country where the justice system is in tatters.

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                                     UN photo/ Eskinder Debebe

"I'm here simply because I'm lucky; because the gunmen who have killed so many of my friends have not yet found me. Still, it's not a matter of if, but when."

- Mustafa Haji Abdinur (AFP, Somalia).

Mr Abdinur is one of many reporters seeking justice for their peers who are being imprisoned or murdered in record numbers. The past 20 years have seen almost 1000 journalists killed, more than half of those in the last decade; and the New York-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) estimates that 28 journalists have been murdered this year alone - like Egyptian press photographer Ahmed Assem el-Senousy, who was covering the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General joined reporters, UNESCO and the CPJ in urging the Security Council to stand up against all acts to suppress media freedom, and to ensure crimes against reporters are investigated swiftly. In a statement to the UNSC debate, Jan Eliasson said that the majority of victims are local media staff often reporting on corruption and other illegal activities.

Mr. Eliasson said that whenever a journalist anywhere is silenced, "there is one less voice to speak on behalf of the victims of conflict, crime and human rights abuses…one less observer of efforts to uphold rights and ensure human dignity."

In 2006 the Council adopted a resolution on the protection of journalists in armed conflict; and last year, UN chief executives approved a Plan that seeks a free and safe environment for media professionals as a prerequisite for freedom of expression and democracy.

- Newstalk ZB/ RBG News

Published in International

racist-row-cartoonThe cartoonist responsible for the controversial piece in two South Island newspapers is refusing to apologise.

Al Nisbet's images were published in the Marlborough Express and The Press newspapers yesterday.

Complaints are expected about the cartoons which suggest Maori and Polynesians will take advantage of the Breakfast in Schools programme.

Mr Nisbet sees no reason to say sorry.

"Well I don't see why I should apologise because cartoons are meant to be hard hitting and offensive. Not always offensive, but they should be provoking reaction. People are talking about the issue which is good and if something good comes of it, well great. "

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy was critical of the cartoon, saying it was offensive and appalling, but said it did not reach the level of racism to trigger the legal process.

The editor of the Marlborough Express, Steve Mason, says the intention was never to offend people but to provoke discussion about important social issues.

RBG News / Newstalk ZB

Published in National



Iran-flagForeign journalists preparing to report on Iran's upcoming presidential elections could soon face even tighter controls.

The Ministry of Culture says 200 foreign journalists have applied to cover the June 14 election. It did not indicate how many of the applications would be approved.

The country's semi-official Mehr News Agency (MNA) said earlier this week that the Ministry is pushing for additional restrictions. Minister Mohammad Hosseini did not give any details on the possible measures, but said previous elections showed controls were needed.

He referred to the case of an Israeli journalist who reported on the 2009 presidential election from Tehran, for a European news outlet. Turmoil and protests ensued after that election, and the Iranian government subsequently restricted access for visiting journalists.

Meanwhile, the country's police are preparing to amplify national security for the 2013 elections. MNA reports that Iran's police chief, General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, was confident of a secure election and a safe campaign period for the eight presidential candidates leading up to polling day.

It's understood that four officers will be assigned to each ballot box, meaning a total of 300,000 policemen across Iran's 67,000 voting stations.

- Newstalk ZB/ RBG News/ MNA



Published in International
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:23

Not all media back independent watchdog

photographerPlans for a mass media watchdog have been put forward, but not everyone is convinced.

The Law Commission has recommended a News Media Standards Authority be set up to replace the Press Council, the BSA, and the newly-formed Online Media Standards Authority (OMSA).

It is thought that one universal body would help address public confusion around the complaints procedure, and see universal standards applied across all news mediums.

The Newspaper Publishers’ Association hopes the idea will be based around the existing Press Council structure. NPA Editorial Adviser, Tim Pankhurst, says the Press Council is already well-placed to assume that role.

“It has existed for 40 years. It has served the public well. It’s an efficient model, it’s industry-funded, and it's self-regulated and independent. All those things are important."

Internet New Zealand is welcoming the recommendation.

Spokesperson, Susan Chalmers, says it is pleasing to see the commission has recognised that regulation across media should be principles-based and technology-neutral.   She says the line between old media and new media has blurred almost beyond recognition.

However, OMSA Chair, Clare Bradley, says they are not convinced consumers have any issue with the way things are currently going.  She says there will be less confusion once their organisation is up and running.

The Online Media Standards Authority is due to launch within the next couple of months. Clare Bradley says they have put a lot of work into setting up their new authority.

"We've been really delighted with that and we're feeling really confident about the quality of the decision-making that will come out of that process."

Nor are print journalists expected to embrace the idea.

Media commentator, Jim Tully, says they have been able to self-regulate up until now.

"Print journalists may not be necessarily thrilled at the idea of being subjected to some kind of watch-dog imposed upon them."

Membership of the News Media Standards Authority would be voluntary and would also be open to current affairs bloggers, as long as they are accountable to the standards body.  

Cameron Slater - known for his blog 'Whale Oil' - says there would be plenty of benefits for bloggers, such as being taken seriously - and it would be easier to join the parliamentary press gallery.  

"But with those benefits there also comes responsibility - and if you’re going to join, you have to have a disputes process and the ability to deal with complaints."

The government will examine the recommendations and report back later this year.

- Newstalkzb/RBG News

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