One Plus One Equals Three: Edition Six

  • The Guardian is increasing its Kiwi coverage with the appointment of their first full-time New Zealand based reporters. In a recent Spinoff article, former editor of the New Zealand Herald, Gavin Ellis raises concerns about the impact on local journalism.
  • Research from media monitoring company, Isentia, suggests New Zealand business and political leaders that are more visible in the media are more likely to gain a positive response when a crisis occurs. In this RNZ article, Isentia’s head of insights says if leaders only front in bad situations, it decreases trust in your organisation.
  • In other media news, the New Zealand Herald has regained its online audience after introducing a paywall. Nielsen’s figures show their audience had dropped by approximately 100,000 readers per month originally. Not only have they reclaimed a similar figure to their original audience, they now have 15,000 paying digital subscribers.
  • Non-subscribers can currently avoid subscription fees to publisher paywalls in Safari’s new private browsing mode. In a recent Digiday article, News Media Alliance’s Danielle Coffey, explains how paywall-reliant news organisations will further struggle to gain paid readership.
  • Stuff Columnist, David Slack writes about how the desire for free news is detrimental to our media landscape. His article reflects on what this means for New Zealand journalism after MediaWorks recently announced they are selling their TV division.

  • In retaliation to Facebook’s recent policy not to fact-check advertising from politicians, potential presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren listed her own Facebook Ad claiming that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has endorsed President Trump.
  • People are calling for Facebook to remove political advertisements after Twitter announced it will ban them from its platform. Twitter is being praised for its increasing transparency in response to Facebook’s criticised new ad policy.
  • According to their latest announcement, a news tab will be launching on the Facebook platform this week. The company intends to pay some publishers for access to news content but others will have to contribute for free.

  • Adam Neumann was ousted from his role as the CEO of the US$47 billion company, WeWork, ahead of its aborted IPO. This Fast Company profile offers insights to the eccentric business leader and the background to the collapse of WeWork.
  • New Zealand Councils have increased their spending on public relations employees by 50% over the last five years. In a recent RNZ article, district councils attribute this to the increasing public expectations to receive information quicker and in multiple ways.