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Media mega-merger was never a sustainable option anyway

Peter Griffin posted in on May 3rd, 2017.

The Commerce Commission’s rejection of a plan for our two biggest media companies to merge is one of the most significant determinations from the regulator in years. Many journalists in NZME and Fairfax New Zealand newsrooms around the country will be disappointed. The merger was pitched to them as the last hope for sustainability in […]

Canon Media Awards – science and tech finalists announced

Peter Griffin posted in on April 4th, 2017.

Around 350 finalists have been named in the 70 categories of the Canon Media Awards, the New Zealand media’s premier journalism awards. The Science and Technology Award, which is sponsored by the Science Media Centre, has four finalists including: Alison Ballance RNZ Kate Evans, New Zealand Geographic Rebecca Macfie, New Zealand Listener Rebekah White, New […]

Where is the media going? Prime time for some discussion

Peter Griffin posted in on June 24th, 2016.

by Peter Griffin With the proposed mega mergers between both NZME and Fairfax New Zealand and Sky TV and Vodafone New Zealand currently before the Commerce Commission, it is only too clear that the mainstream media could look a bit different this time next year. In addition to that we have insights into the extent […]

Smoking on NZ television – In the news

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

New research highlighting the prevalence of smoking on New Zealand television has been widely covered by the media. Researchers from the University of Otago monitored depictions of tobacco across a week’s worth of free-to-air, prime-time New Zealand television. Comparing the results with a similar study from 2004, the researchers found that there had been little […]

Smoking on NZ television – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

It might be time to consider an ‘R’ rating for TV shows that depict smoking, say the authors of research showing there has been little change in smoking on our screens over the past decade A new study reports the total number of scenes featuring tobacco on prime-time, free-to-air NZ television across one week and […]

Silencing Science: in the long run, openness is the better strategy

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2016.

The new book Silencing Science, by University of Auckland physicist Professor Shaun Hendy highlights some recent examples of where scientists have been missing in action when the public needed their knowledge and insights the most. I can personally relate to this. During the Fonterra botulism scare, the 2014 Yersinia outbreak and for periods in the […]

Where is the media going?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 16th, 2015.

How do we ensure a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand in 2030? That’s the question the Civics and Media Project is setting out to answer as a series of national workshops considers the factors that will underpin the health of the media and of civic engagement in the coming decades. Pressures on the business models underpinning the […]

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Concern over “gagged” scientists – Radio New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on June 22nd, 2015.

Scientists are being pressured by their employers not to speak out on contentions issues, according the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS). Association president Dr Nicola Gaston highlighted the problem on Radio New Zealand this morning, raising the issue in the wake of a poll conducted last year which found many scientists did not feel […]

A lesson for science communicators in Campbell Live demise

Peter Griffin posted in on May 22nd, 2015.

He made it to ten years, and on reflection, he was bloody lucky to get there. The axing of John Campbell’s show and his departure from Mediaworks is a real loss for journalism. But it points to a larger shift in viewing habits and tastes of TV viewers who, we are told, are getting their […]

Science animation and video workshops – apply now!

Peter Griffin posted in on March 13th, 2015.

The SMC is bringing its science animation workshop to Auckland and will also head to Christchurch to explore how scientists can harness short videos to communicate their science. These free one-day workshops aim to give scientists and science communicators skills to harness off the shelf tools to create short animations and videos showcasing science concepts in innovative, […]

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