Sinead Boucher’s career on the Fairfax digital team started in what she describes as a “broom cupboard” at a time when the site was seen as a nice-to-have tag-on to the print business. Now, as she sits in the chief executive chair at Stuff, she reflects on how much things have changed.
Run me a bath Alexa, put the lights on dim and tell me the news. We take a look at the virtual assistant space and how Kiwi media organisations will be using Amazon’s Alexa.
It’s one week until the Stoppies so get your tickets now for the 6 December event at Fresh Auckland’s Factory on Nikau Street.
In good news for NZME, the New Zealand Herald has seen strong year on year print readership growth, up 4,000 readers to 430,000. We take a look at NZME’s readership figures and talk to NZME’s weekend editor Miriyana Alexander about the myth that print is dying. PLUS: Fairfax and Otago Daily Times’ have a mixed bag of results.
Last night, under a collection of aviation aircraft in the MOTAT Aviation Hall, the magazine industry gathered to celebrate the achievements of its products and people at the 2017 Magazine Media Awards. Among the winners, it was Bauer that collected the most certificates, while Tangible Media and Fairfax followed.
Following the launch of Stuff Circuit’s documentary series The Valley, reporter Paula Penfold and editor and director Toby Longbottom share how they brought to life an investigation about New Zealand’s soldiers in Afghanistan.
While the online world allows people to connect with those on the other side of the world, it can also be the perfect place to connect with those down the road as Neighbourly has shown. Following the site’s third anniversary last month, we talk to co-founder and managing director Casey Eden about its sustained growth, the lessons he’s learned and how journalists can use it to facilitate change.
Following the resignation of Simon Tong from Fairfax, we revisit Ben Fahy’s comprehensive 2015 interview with him to get a sense of what he was trying to achieve at the media company during a period of enormous change.
With the mass of content flooding the internet, Fairfax Media aims to stand out from the crowd with insightful stories based on journalistic nous. A case in point would be the work the media company recently did for the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Following on from its expansion into the broadband market, Fairfax is now taking a punt at online retail via a new website called Indexed.
Fairfax Media managing director Simon Tong has stressed the need to diversify the streams of revenue feeding into the business. And today, the company has taken a rather unorthodox step in this direction by announcing the launch of Stuff Fibre, a joint venture with New Zealand Fibre Communications Limited selling high speed, unlimited fibre connections.
This week, Sky provoked ire in the nation’s news publishers by applying a range of conditions on those wanting to use highlights as part of their reportage. Sky is, of course, within its rights to limit the use of footage, which it paid handsomely for. But in an era of rampant live streaming and social media use, is this an example of sticking their finger in the dyke? And what can we learn from the NFL and the NBA?
After 18 months of having its comment section switched on, RNZ has announced it will no longer allow comments on its website and it will phase out the capability on its site by the end of the week, instead encouraging comments on its social media channels, we chat to RNZ’s Megan Whelan about why it made the decision and what it means for its audience. PLUS: how technology might improve comment sections in the future, and Fairfax’s approach to its comment sections.
This morning, Fairfax and NZME verified industry speculation when they confirmed that talks on a potential merger between the pair have commenced. We talk to OMD chief executive Kath Watson, ZenithOptimedia group business director Alex Lawson and IAB chief executive Adrian Pickstock about commercial repercussions of the move.
Microsoft is doing a pretty good job of reaching younger people through its marketing. It’s obviously noted that filming an ad of a laptop, slow panning over all of its sexy angles isn’t quite going to cut it anymore, at least not for all audiences. Recently it teamed up with Fairfax for a content partnership called The Change Makers to spruik its Surface Pro 4, which saw it reach out to a younger audience through the stories of New Zealanders-cum-influencers doing great things.
Last year Fairfax underwent some massive changes, restructuring its editorial staff into local teams and specialist areas, shifting a large part of the focus away from newspapers and over to the digital realm. This emphasis on digital seems to have paid off, as Stuff managed to grow its audience and has now used it to leverage a partnership deal with TVNZ, where Stuff readers will be able to view One News video from the site as of Thursday, which might mean more time spent on the site and in return TVNZ gets a taste of Stuff’s audience.
It’s a difficult climate out there for New Zealand’s biggest media players, which is reflected in their latest financial results. Though on a positive note, they all seem to be staying above water for now as their structures are changing to adapt to a multi-channel environment. Here’s a look at results from Fairfax, NZME, TVNZ and Sky.
This week’s news of a proposal to cut 70 editorial jobs at Fairfax again turned attention to the perceived demise of quality journalism. We talk to Fairfax marketing director Campbell Mitchell about what it takes to run a profitable media company these days.
Despite great circulation growth and increasing subscriber numbers Healthy Life Media’s Green Ideas magazine has had to cease production this year. And this isn’t the only magazine to do so in recent times. Quintessential Wellington publication FishHead also called it a day, and this news comes as Fairfax sells on another one of its own magazines. We chat to Healthy Life Media publisher Pip Mehrtens about the end of Green Ideas and what it takes to succeed in the magazine industry when audiences are becoming increasingly fragmented, and opting for digital over print.
On 4 February, thousands of TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) protestors filed onto Auckland’s city streets carrying signs, chanting and blocking off access to motorway access points to mark their objection to the agreement as our government was putting pen to paper. And among all the chaos were the nation’s media outlets, all competing to get the best coverage of the event and live-streaming it directly to thousands of online viewers. Here’s a rundown of how the media used live-streaming to create a more immersive experience for viewers, and a look at what the dangers are of live-streaming events like these.
A few months back we asked Fairfax if rumours that its magazine portfolio was on the block were true. Given the company had just put its magazine content under the Stuff umbrella, it seemed like a surprising move. But while Fairfax said no at the time, an email to staff today from group executive editor Sinead Boucher has confirmed six of its “smaller niche” titles—including reigning magazine of the year NZ Life & Leisure—have been sold as it continues to focus on its “core audiences and verticals”.