In an effort to be the first to jump on a hot new story, more and more media outlets are failing to do one of the most necessary tasks: fact checking.
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In an age where click-hungry online publishers are looking for their next hit, a celebrity death is basically manna from heaven. Philip Seymour Hoffman was the last major case (The Sydney Daily Telegraph got a telling off for this headline). And Robin Williams was found dead in his house this morning, so, unsurprisingly, the story has been dominating many of the world's major news websites. So is it a case of a bottom-feeding media doing everything it can to increase its audience, or a concerned media attempting to offer a fitting tribute? Or both?
With the emergence of channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, the role of the traditional media agency is being challenged, changing and by some predicted to crumble completely. ZenithOptimedia's business director Alex Lawson questions whether we still need a media agencies when everything can go out digitally and for free.
The first-ever Beacon Awards took place last night at the Viaduct Events Centre in front of a capacity crowd, and it was FCB Media that got by far the most exercise, with independent MBM winning agency of the year, MediaWorks TV winning media brand of the year, Maritime New Zealand taking client of the year and Nielsen's Claire Harris accepting the inspiring individual award.
Following a competitive pitch involving two other agencies, Carat has been awarded the media planning and buying business for Barfoot & Thompson. But that silver lining comes with a fairly big cloud, because Dick Smith has left the Carat building.
It's the height of TV promo season, as evidenced by the recent launch of campaigns for The Great Food Race and MasterChef NZ. And, as the major news and current affairs shows return to air for 2013—and one new show announces its arrival—here's what they're doing to drum up some interest.
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For most New Zealanders, there's been a high rate of food consumption over the past few months. And the nation's broadcasters are hoping there will be plenty of food-related TV consumed this year as well, with TVNZ's MasterChef NZ making a few changes to its format and MediaWorks hoping for big things with its new show The Great Food Race.
The shift to digital has disrupted many industries, but news media has been one of the most badly affected. So what are the options? And are any local publishers making money online? Sim Ahmed investigates.
TVNZ's new current affairs show Seven Sharp got off to fairly shaky start. So 18 weeks in, how is it holding up? And what has its arrival meant for the 7pm ratings? PLUS: Comment from TVNZ's new HONCA John Gillespie.
From the joy of winning gold at the Olympics to the tension of a high-profile murder trial and everything inbetween, a lot can happen in a year. And journalists of all stripes are there to tell those stories, as evidenced by this video, which was created by Web Vision and News Works and kicked off last week's Canon Media Awards.
For years, pessimistic pundits have been talking about the death of TV. But TV viewership is still as strong as ever, and ad revenue is standing fairly firm. One thing that has definitely changed, however, is the integration of brands into programming and the ability of social media to light fires underneath content, as evidenced most recently by the launch of the X Factor NZ—and the way broadcasters are now working more closely with marketers and creative agencies to come up with original branded content ideas.
A record 1,389 entries encompassing more than 7000 pieces of work made up this year's Canon Media Awards nominees. The full list of finalists is available on the Canon website in an excruciating and drop down-laden format. We've raked through the muck to organise the list below, for which surely StopPress will be nominated for next year's Best Innovation in Multimedia category.
There have been plenty of changes at APN NZ of late, with the relaunch of the Herald last year and restructures of both the editorial and sales and marketing teams. And now the Herald on Sunday, the country's best performing newspaper, is getting its turn with what editor Bryce Johns calls "a complete revamp of the paper’s look and feel, and improved content mix".
TVNZ is currently revelling in some massive numbers for New Zealand's Got Talent, which went from an average 5+ audience of 935,000 in its first episode to 975,000 last night. It's got another ratings tiger by the tail with My Kitchen Rules on TV2 and, in an effort to emphasise that it is less like a simple cooking programme and more like a character-driven, drama-filled reality show, it developed a campaign in conjunction with Contagion based around the idea that 'Some things don't mix'.
Following on from the recent news that Carat took the Sovereign Insurance account off OMD without a pitch, the agency has further bolstered its client list after being appointed to manage strategy and media buying for Bendon brands like Lovable, Elle MacPherson Intimates, MacPherson Men, Davenport, Pleasure State and Stella McCartney Lingerie across New Zealand.