Critical and deliberative journalism

“It is an irony that media executives who are so quick to invoke media freedom for themselves can be equally zealous about suppressing academic freedom or alternative media freedom.”

### 22:54 October 16, 2012
Pacific Scoop
Media blind spots overcome by ‘critical’ journalism, says first Pacific j-professor
By Alex Perrottet – Pacific Media Watch
Restoring public trust, engaging in critical journalism, and opening the media’s eyes to common blind spots were all on the agenda for the inaugural address of the first professor in journalism studies in NZ and the Pacific. Professor David Robie spoke to a crowded conference room of almost 200 people at AUT University tonight after receiving his professorship last year.

“Not only is he an academic, a journalist, he is a committed person whose questions will always be: What is the truth and what will we do about it?”

Beginning with the current so-called Hackgate media crisis and visiting plenty of other “hot spots” throughout the presentation, Professor Robie charted the course of his life’s journey throughout New Zealand, Africa, Europe and back to Oceania. He warned that the current media crisis seemed to be facing a growing “soft” reporting of the Leveson Inquiry in Britain – with a report due next month – and the Finkelstein and Convergence Reviews in Australia. “Already there are concerns by critics that the media has started soft-peddling the issue,” he said. He said the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review examined the issue of rebuilding public trust in the media.
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26 responses to “Critical and deliberative journalism

  1. Elizabeth

    As if the ignore and obfuscation of gross negligence at DCC/DCHL/Delta wasn’t enough – the facts gone unnoticed by ODT – we are about to receive the Council’s “PR” replacement. I know, the mere thought makes you all happy, indeed.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 18 Oct 2012
    New council publication
    The Dunedin City Council will be issuing a new information publication to ratepayers from next month, to replace its electronic bulletin Factline and magazine [City Talk]. Information from the council yesterday said the first monthly issue, which would include short stories and information, would arrive in Dunedin residents’ letterboxes on November 2.
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    City Talk magazine

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    So… the main point of killing off City Talk instead of revamping it in a more relevant form, as other magazines and newspapers do when they feel they’re a bit oldy-mouldy, was to get shot of Rodders.

  3. Anonymous

    You just know it’s going to be horrid based on recent “communications” produced by this corrupt council. Can I suggest Spook Talk? Although I’m thinking Stadium Talk is probably a done deal. Anyone want to ask Paul Orders? Anyone actually seen or heard from him lately?

    That story’s another bit of useless reporting from the Otago Daily Times… council releasing another City Talk, can’t tell you anything though, getting delivered to your mailbox since you love it so much.


    It is getting delivered on November 2nd. In two weeks. How would you NOT know its design, costs, delivery factors… talk about going softly, softly on press release artists at Dunedin City Council.

  4. Peter

    I wonder if Prof Robie would be interested in becoming the ODT’s next editor and turning the paper around? If he was allowed to do so.

    • Elizabeth

      I would rather the professor stayed out of ODT but ON IT, loudly and ably as MONSTER watchdog and nationally respected commentator-CRITIC.

  5. Peter

    I was of course being facetious and, yes, Elizabeth the watchdog role is far more important. I hope Prof Robie, in his new role, is able to do something really productive to lift the game of the press in this country. For example, embedded journalists need to be hung out to dry where it is documented that they have withheld information that is in the public interest to have published. Media outlets should not be allowed to escape scrutiny, because of ‘editorial independence’, and for them to decide what is ‘newsworthy’.

  6. Elizabeth

    What a sorry ODT line-up for the holiday period. The editorials and news features are failing to attract letters to the editor of any substance – enter images from Reuters and an enlarged ‘100 years ago’. Online has lost many of the usual bloggers, with the scraggy Horse the only gamey talent visible. There is little to react to or deride – this, in the smartphone age. Maybe we’re exhausted with politics, NZ in its close-down holiday mode…

    The well written editorial, ‘Reforming the RMA‘ has come up at a time when few correspondents dare bother to debate the issues. Excerpts:

    “Another piece of the RMA reform puzzle began its progress through Parliament last week, with the passing of the first reading of the Resource Management Reform Bill.”

    “Labour deputy leader and environment spokesman Grant Robertson claimed some of the changes signalled a return to the Muldoon days, the Government’s ”ongoing desire to centralise power away from communities, reduce public input and tip the scales away from sustainable development” and reintroduced some areas which failed in its 2009 reforms. He was critical of the reduced consent period, saying an improved process was welcome but it must not ”undermine public participation” or short-cut ”the analysis required to understand the full impact of the consent”. He claimed the Government had an ”emphasis on economic development above environmental protection” in terms of the cost-benefit analysis of proposed plans.”

    “Labour’s Auckland issues spokesman, Phil Twyford, said the proposed changes were worrying in terms of the Government’s increased control over local government.”

    Who cares ?

  7. Elizabeth

    Strangled cries ?

    ### Stuff Online Last updated 05:00 29/12/2012
    Future of journalism looks pretty good
    By Patrick Smellie – Sunday Star Times
    What do power bills, politics, and journalists have in common? Nobody likes them much. But if there was no power, no government, and no news, people would miss them all terribly and would almost certainly invent them. That’s why, at the end of another year in which being a journalist often felt like being a chump for staying in a supposedly dying industry, I’m still an optimist. Not optimistic about newspapers, or news websites, or 24-hour television news channels or any particular medium that delivers the news, but on the future of journalism as a craft that serves those various channels.
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  8. Elizabeth

    News item attached to public debate on the demise of TV3’s Campbell Live:

    “Meanwhile, as news of the longstanding current affairs show’s possible demised emerged, NZ On Air announced it would fund a TV3 investigative journalism show called 3D Investigates to the tune of more than $500,000.

    “Investigative journalism is fundamental to a strong democracy and national debate. It is becoming increasingly scarce in New Zealand due to the commercial pressures faced by broadcasters and the news media generally,” said NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson.”

    • Peter

      Now this investigative journalism type programme is more like it for people with at least average intelligence.
      Campbell Live is better than mirror watcher Hosking, but it wasn’t cutting edge. CL did a bad job on the ORFU bailout from bankruptcy. Pretty superficial and they did their own fair share of sweet stories, to be fair to utterly superficial Seven Sharp. An evening without either is neither here nor there.

      • Elizabeth

        Campbell Live has been really well integrated into social media and the strength of this has been a phenomenon in itself. Being able to swap immediate notes with JC, reporters and camera operators, then the awesome coverage of #eqnz – just a brilliant effort by TV3 and CL.

        I stopped tweeting with CL after the smarmy ORFU ‘bailout creditors’ BBQ at Octagon, hosted by CL.

  9. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 13 Apr 2015
    Plan to cut Sunday news hour back confirmed
    Source: NZME
    MediaWorks has confirmed plans to axe TV3’s Sunday evening news hour in favour of an hour-long mix of news and current affairs. The company today formally announced its 6pm 3News bulletin would be shortened to half an hour on Sundays, to be followed by a 30-minute weekly current affairs show at 6.30pm. The current affairs show 3D, formerly 3rd Degree, will be presented by Samantha Hayes and Duncan Garner.
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  10. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 14 Apr 2015
    John Key dismisses Campbell Live
    By Claire Trevett – New Zealand Herald
    Prime Minister John Key says Campbell Live’s primary role is to entertain rather than hold the Government to account and viewers are more interested in “light entertainment” such as rival show Seven Sharp. Mr Key was asked on Newstalk ZB this morning whether it was bad for democracy if there were fewer commercial television shows holding the Government to account. NZME
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  11. Peter

    This is appalling and tells us, loud and clear, that Key and his government have reached that point of ‘born to rule’ arrogance, typical of third term governments. What is more disturbing, however, is the attitude that the media have no role in holding governments to account. What! This is the kind of attitude Nazis and fascists believed in.
    The media are warned. With people like money man Mark Weldon now in charge at TV3 (a Key money mate, I wonder) and people like John Hansen…recently ex (failed) chairman of DVML….as Chair of the Press Council….is the media being infiltrated by fascists intent on muzzling a questioning media?
    What is happening elsewhere in NZ which points to a right wing takeover of the media?

  12. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 14 Apr 2015
    Campbell Live thanks viewers after ratings rise
    Source: New Zealand Herald
    Embattled TV show Campbell Live has thanked viewers for “sticking with us” after last night’s episode scored a big ratings rise.
    The John Campbell-hosted current affairs show — currently under “review” by management at TV3 — scored 333,960 viewers last night, making it the night’s third-highest rating show behind The X Factor and 3 News. NZME
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  13. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 21 May 2015
    John Campbell to leave Campbell Live
    Source: NZ Herald
    John Campbell will leave Campbell Live. A current affairs show will continue four days a week under a new name with two presenters. Campbell has rejected the chance to co-host a revamped version of his TV show and quit Mediaworks, the company says. NZME
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    **** Last updated 17:00, May 21 2015
    The sad end of John Campbell
    By Jane Bowron
    OPINION With cynical timing MediaWorks lowered the boom on John Campbell effectively giving him his marching orders at the same time as the Budget came out. Obviously hoping the axing of Campbell Live would be eclipsed by Bill English’s Thursday afternoon Budget, MediaWorks announced the decision when the focus was elsewhere. But the news hit hard. Elvis had left the building, and a four-day-a-week show with two co-presenters would replace him.
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    Other coverage at Stuff:
    * Campbell to leave TV3

    * Sadness and anger as ‘underdog’ John Campbell bows out
    Bill Ralston did not believe Campbell had made the decision to leave, as MediaWorks had claimed. “I think that’s called spin.” The timing of the announcement was “clinical”, released at the exact moment the Government dropped the Budget, he said. “It was a classic bring-out-your-dead moment.”

    * So where to from here for Campbell Live? And what next for John Campbell?
    * The numbers behind Campbell Live
    * John Campbell: The Jolly Journo

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Super, TV1 and TV3 going head to head with Shallow and Shallower. Current affairs re-defined to mean gossip column trash about who Celebrities are bonking. That’ll keep me slumped in front of t’telly through the following hours of reality programs, Gotta go now, folks, gotta stock up on a car-load of nutrition-free snacks with added fat and salt and sugar, gotta fully identify with TV3’s target demographic.

      • O me miserum

        The day that John Campbell got sucked into that charade to contribute to that septic mob (Otago Rugby Football Union) – running a barbeque to raise funds for their salvation, while Upper echelon of rugby movers and shakers were basking in the opulence of a black tie dinner (which they subsequently didn’t pay for) that was the day that I found Campbell to be a nauseous fool. He and TV3 offended thousands of Otago viewers simply by being sucked in by a toxic mob who function under the emblem of corruption. Did he or his producers do no investigation what so ever into the reasons behind the Union’s ‘teetering state’ He’d be better to have investigated why the Pokie Rorts and where the money went.

        • Elizabeth

          Same here, he failed. Thugby won.
          Rest of the time Campbell Live fairly acute, serious intent, fun skits etc etc = VALUE.

  14. Lyndon Weggery

    A sad day for faithful viewers. I for one will not be watching the new format on TV3. The pity is the other bloke on TV One is no alternative and never has been to John Campbell.

  15. Elizabeth

    Ongoing coverage by John Campbell of the Pike River mine tragedy was seen as a liability by management.

    ### NZ Herald Online Sat, 23 May 2015
    Campbell’s crusades irked TV3 bosses
    Pike River mine victims’ spokesman shocked coverage might have contributed to axing.
    By Wayne Thompson, Matt Nippert
    MediaWorks management viewed Campbell Live’s crusading journalism as a liability that stretched audience patience, company sources say. The show’s ongoing coverage of Pike River, where 29 men died in a 2010 explosion at a West Coast coal mine, was specifically singled out by management as having led to viewer “fatigue”.
    The term “fatigue” struck a sour note last night with Bernie Monk, spokesman for families of the dead mine workers. “I can’t believe that would be one of the aspects of getting rid of John,” he said. “Sure Campbell Live covered a lot of it but TV One did a hell of a lot too and they are still willing to do that. Campbell Live was a great ally in getting the truth out and I felt he was never over the top or on a crusade by any means.”
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  16. Elizabeth

    Useful rundown (with cracking links)….

    Who’s responsible for the demise of TV3’s Campbell Live? There are a variety of views – many angry and thoughtful – being offered in the lead up to the final programme.

    ### NZ Herald Online 3:46 PM Wednesday May 27, 2015
    Political roundup: Who killed Campbell Live?
    By Bryce Edwards
    OPINION They show that there are bigger issues at stake than just one broadcaster. In particular, these responses raise the question of what the demise of the programme means for the state of political news and current affairs. The mixture of analysis also provides good reason to be both pessimistic and optimistic for the future.
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    █ MediaWorks has confirmed that Campbell Live will end this Friday, and that it will be John Campbell’s last day on air.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      And the great news is, it’ll be replaced in the meantime by re-runs of a reality program!
      I’m waiting in front of my TV watching TV3 already, I’d be so gutted if I missed a minute of this fabulous replacement program.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Campbell Live wasn’t delivering enough viewers for the following hours of advertising, I mean programs.
      Mediashirks analysis of the situation came up with this answer. People who like him’n’her vapid bimbo-fodder were watching elsewhere – TV1 has higher numbers so that must be what’s going on. Then they stay with TV1 for its reality and interchangeable US goodies v baddies shows. But if TV3 had a vapid 2-presenter 7 o’clocker, they’d gain some of TV1’s viewers (uh, why would they switch their habitual viewing?) then would keep them on for its reality and interchangeable etc etc.
      Aren’t there enough undemanding interchangeable programs on already? Why not try for ones to appeal to what may be a niche market but quite a large niche, NZers aren’t significantly dumber than any other nation are we? And it’s not as if we are overwhelmed with choice, not without moving away from free to air broadcast TV. All this rush to the bottom can achieve is hastening the move by more viewers away from their product, effectively hastening their demise. Not the best way to improve the channel’s profitability, I’d have thought. But what would I know, I’m not a TV executive.

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