Media pat themselves on the back

I guess there’s no other way of heaping praise on the media other than via the media, but self praise seems more like self promotion rather than earned plaudits.

There have been two media ward shows this week, and Twitter has been buzzing with self congratulations. As usually the awards have been spread across the few major media players in New Zealand.

Last night:

Is the NZH website really the best? perhaps it’s the best of a mediocre lot, smattered with click bait trivia (much of it sourced intternationally) attempts at attention grabbing advertising that deter more than attract – often when I get annoyed too much I dump the site and look somewhere else.

NZH may be one of the less worse sites. I really don’t like 1 News much at all. Newshub is hardly better, and has a very annoying trait – if you click to a news item and don’t read it straight away (as I commonly don’t) it jumps to other news items, so by the time I get to it the story is something random and not what I want. So I close it and go somewhere else.

Back to NZH, who pat themselves on the back – Editorial: New Zealand media earns pat on the back

It has been a big two days for the New Zealand media industry. Last night winners of the Voyager Media Awards were announced, and on Thursday the NZ Radio Awards were presented. The award categories reflected the scope of modern media and showed how the industry has adapted to commercial pressures and cultural demands.

Many categories, many awards, many happy people in media. No doubt deserved, but of little interest to the general public.

There was recognition for the bedrock tasks of journalism — reporting, feature writing, photography, subbing, editing and publishing. But there were awards, too, for websites and apps, campaigns and projects, videography and digital storytelling. What the finalists all shared was a commitment to the essential role of providing credible and trustworthy news, analysis and imagery.

Obviously awards will highlight the best, but that ignores the mediocre and the bad, and there is a lot of both of those categories.

The past two decades have not been comfortable for the industry. Its fortunes have been hit by digital disruption and the collapse of traditional advertising.

The discomfort remains, and media have struggled to deal with it successfully.

The New Zealand media remains a reliable and dependable source of news.

To an extent, yes. They are more reliable and dependable than the alternative, nothing, but it is very debatable how much standards have deteriorated – because to an extent they have.

The awards bestowed this week confirm that the fourth estate in New Zealand is doing the job demanded of it.

They wish.

Shareholders are likely to demand quite a bit more, and in trying to achieve that it is highly questionable that the media are doing what the public demand.

Actually the public don’t demand, they expect (and often not much), and they browse to find what they want. That’s something our media have not learnt to deal with.

Hang on, I just notices this:

So both the Herald and stuff won slightly different website prizes. Something for everyone.



  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 12, 2018

    Do many people get their news from Facebook and Google? I don’t and have no way of knowing if it is a trend or not.

    • I rarely get it from Facebook.

      I often keep an eye on my Twitter feed and get news links from there. It also gives a good indication of where media interest is, and is fairly good for breaking news links. The key is to follow a good range of media and politician accounts.

      I also go to a number of specific sites – particularly NZ politics pages on NZH and Stuff and RNZ. Newsroom has less but often good. Often too smartarse at The Spinoff for my liking.

      I also browse a few blogs to see what the reactions are, and get some good links from them – I generally know what places to look and in particular on blogs which commenters to look out for, some are worthwhile (and also which commenters to ignore).

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 12, 2018

        I sometimes google a specific story, but don’t use the net as my main source.

        3 has less sport than 1 and as I can’t stand 1’s weatherman, I watch 3.

        I was impressed to hear that some US newses have a 30 second weather !!! That’s all you need, I suspect that most of us don’t need all that detail. I’d be happy with one map showing what it was today, one for what it will be tomorrow and a list like the one they have for the week.

  2. Blazer

     /  May 12, 2018

    Any awardsfor media Ho’s king ……and Clueless Kate?

  3. adamsmith1922

     /  May 12, 2018

    TV1 News website is poorly designed and I can never seem to find a search function.
    It needs to be redesigned.

    As for the Fourth Estate doing it’s job. They are hallucinating.

  4. Fake news patting itself on the back and giving itself unearned ‘honours’.
    One good thing is now all the papers are tabloid and have adjusted themselves to their content

  5. PDB

     /  May 12, 2018

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 12, 2018

      ‘All must have prizes.’

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 12, 2018

    I don’t know why newsreaders say ‘….until then, I’m XYZ.’

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