Good journalism is still essential and we still have it

Media and journalists have a lot of critics, but they serve an essential purpose in an open democratic society.

Despite the fluff and click baiting there is still some good journalism going on, with Stuff and NZ Herald doing some very good investigative stories still.  And Newsroom has been a very good addition to the New Zealand media.

Newsroom:  ‘That’s why you need journalism’

Newsroom published a three-part investigation into environmental destruction on Malolo Island, Fiji, this week..Co-editor Tim Murphy discusses with journalist Melanie Reid the background to the story and why a stop being put on a big tourism resort matters.

Melanie Reid:

I make no secret, that when appropriate I do journalism as a protection of the land and people and I fight for the underdog. There was a lot of hassling up there and you need the best team around you. I had my long time friend and colleague Mark Jennings and Hayden Aull who Mark and I had both worked with for years at TV3. I don’t mind being pushed around to get to the heart of the matter and I work with resilient people.

The Prime Minister and government have moved pretty fast now, after nearly a year of inaction, it seems the development has been stopped. So the stories obviously prompted this?

True. And that’s why you need journalism.

Go read the whole article. Melanie and Newsroom deserve clicks and accolades.

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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  15th April 2019

    Here is another 300+ pages on the subject

  2. duperez

     /  15th April 2019

    There is good journalism and there is good journalism. There is also the sort that has the host firing off, “What was factually incorrect?” when their work is called into question.

    When you try to paint a picture with innuendo, seemingly to have the audience make inferences, and you use politically motivated central figures to make sinister implications to add to the canvas, having to resort to “what was factually incorrect?” as a defence indicates a blindness, a dereliction of duty or a bankruptcy of ethical standards.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  15th April 2019

      You should read some of the political journalism from previous centuries. Nobody now would dare print it. Whaleoil and his ilk might, but no newspaper would.


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