With election hype sweeping the nation’s attention, television is once again playing a central role in keeping New Zealanders interested and informed. The medium has broken stories, delivered debates and responded immediately to the breaking news stories of the day. Jihee Junn looks at how in a world of ever prescient news coverage, it’s TV that’s still doing the heavy lifting.
Author Jihee Junn
Would you blow all your money on a $900 drone? If so, prepare to face the consequences in Banqer’s new interactive YouTube series teaching kids about loans and debt.
While the majority of political messages focus on rousing an individual’s sense of civic and democratic duty (such as Rock the Vote), publications like Vice NZ are taking a slightly different route with its latest partnership with the Electoral Commission called ‘We Are New Zealand’.
With the UK’s advertising watchdog announcing its ban on gender stereotypes, is it time for the local industry to have more formal rules around the depiction of women?
Since its debut during the 1972 Olympics, the Nike Cortez has come a long way from gracing the feet of long distance runners to the outfits of high fashion models like Bella Hadid. Now, to celebrate the shoe’s 45th anniversary, Nike NZ is dabbling in the business of zines with the launch of The Rise, a photographic exploration into self-expression and female empowerment.
Despite pushing fitness trackers, sports endorsements and exercise initiatives, when the bottom line for junk food brands is to sell more of their product, can they really be a credible arbiter for good health?
For most of us city dwelling folk, Phantom Billstickers’ much-lauded Poetry Project—the poster company’s ongoing mission to have verbal inspiration dotted around unassuming urban settings—has become a familiar and welcome sight. Now, with the Phantom Art Project, the company’s looking to extend the initiative’s ethos to showcase the best of local visual talent.
It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry attracting millions of backpackers, campers and coach tours every year, as well as employing thousands of New Zealanders to service it. So it’s a mystery as to why tourism doesn’t get the specialist news coverage it warrants. Luckily, two journalists are on the task with the launch of Tourism Ticker, a digital news site for New Zealand’s flourishing tourism industry.
Good news has finally graced the music industry’s troubled financial waters with Recorded Music New Zealand reporting its second straight year of double digit growth. We talk to RMNZ’s Damian Vaughan on the meteoric ascendancy of streaming, its help in the war against piracy and the humble comeback of the vinyl record.
Donned in flat cap, cardigan and salt and pepper beard, CleanPaleo director Art Green fronts up the company’s first major ad campaign as Grandpa Leo. We talk to the health food entrepreneur and former Bachelor star on filming, the company itself and leveraging the ‘Art Green’ brand.
Combining the best of the old with the rise of the new, Newshub has implemented a new methodology that hopes to get opinion polling right. We talk to political editor Patrick Gower on the reasons behind this change, why polling matters, whether politics is becoming a two-horse race and whether we can still trust the polls (and the media) in light of last year’s shock political events.
While most VR games ask users to lose themselves in the experience, FCB’s latest creation for NZ Fire Service makes doing so a life or death situation. We talk to FCB’s Matt Barnes, lead creative for the Escape My House project on how the technology’s immersive realism can help change behaviour for good.
Like Adele, Lorde’s cryptic TV teaser was minimalist marketing at its finest, and all she really had to do was eat food in a car.
There’s a changing of the guard at Kowhai Media as long-time editor of New Zealand Geographic James Frankham steps down and deputy editor Rebekah White takes over. Note: Frankham will remain at New Zealand Geographic as publisher and photo editor.
As the New Yorker’s editor David Remnick recently said, readers don’t want dumber, cheaper versions of legacy media. So how are magazines embracing new channels, creating new revenue streams, developing new products, working creatively with advertisers and generally showing an elasticity in their view of what media is, all while keeping their souls in tact? Jihee Junn looks at some of the best local examples.
When Emily Isle first joined FCB New Zealand back in the mid-2000s, she was the only digital media professional there. Almost a decade after leaving for New York, she returns to the country as its new general manager of digital marketing, finding herself in a whole new digital environment.
With the new Three rebrand hitting screens from today, it’s not just a new look they’re touting to audiences. MediaWorks’ chief commercial officer Glen Kyne speaks to StopPress prior to the brand launch on tapping into the 25-54 market, balancing entertainment and news, and how television is still a powerful force for advertisers today.
Examining the state of education through one of the country’s most disadvantaged schools, the New Zealand Herald debuts its first foray into long-form documentary video.
Tearing up the marketing rulebook since the very beginning, Garage Project has paved its own unique path to success. Now entering a new phase of growth with the opening of its Hawkes Bay brewery, Garage Project co-founder Jos Ruffell explains both the benefits and challenges of foregoing an overarching brand, how it works directly with artists in lieu of agencies, and its relentless commitment to remaining an independent brewer.
After spending the early part of the summer weathering an onslaught of anger from the Lewis Road Creamery army (along with the wider dairy industry getting a smackdown after unsuccessfully complaining about a provocative Greenpeace campaign), Fonterra is trying its best to get past the white noise and get back to the facts. Not ‘alternative facts’, to borrow a Kellyanne Conway-ism, but the cold, hard, scientific ones.
We all (hopefully) know the drill to ‘drop, cover, hold’ in the event of an earthquake, but what about in the risk of a deadly tsunami? Civil Defence director Sarah Stuart-Black discusses the story behind their latest pithy catchphrase ‘Long or Strong, Get Gone’, and why post-Kaikoura earthquake was the best time to launch it.
Fonterra’s recent ad campaign has pushed hard on the “co-operative over corporate” image. But has Lewis Road Creamery’s open letter shattered those efforts?
Forget the snow-capped hills and crackling fires of our Northern Hemisphere neighbours, December in New Zealand is a time for sandy toes, salt sprayed hair, jandal tan lines, and barbecue lunches. And to accommodate this distinct holiday imagery, advertising agencies over the years have tailored their approach to campaigning in a bid to appeal to New Zealand’s sun-obsessed masses. So from the ridiculously weird to the downright ingenious, we look back at some of the best summer-themed ads this country has produced.
In what could be considered “a PR gift”, Sky are celebrating their victory against the illegal live streaming of Joseph Parker’s last match in the ring just a day before his next bout in Auckland tomorrow.
Awash with paintings, poems, prose and quotes, FCB’s senior designer Nick McFarlane follows up from his 2013 book about propaganda with ‘Hunting the Killer Idea’, a book on discovering the creative process.
With Project16 on the horizon, Jihee Junn talks to former executive director of Lonely Planet to Gus Balbontin on the new media age, how to deal with an ever-changing digital world and why success can lead to vulnerability.