One of the major themes of the presentations given by Finlay Macdonald, Peter Thomson and Tim Pankhurst at the Newspaper Advertising Awards on Tuesday night was the power of journalism and the ability newspapers have to see stories through. Of course, there were some huge stories to tell in New Zealand last year, and to show how important and relevant newspapers still are, News Works NZ’s agency Special Group compiled a couple of clips using content from the country’s news organisations, one showing the carnage and courage in Christchurch and the other telling the tale of the Rugby World Cup from the French perspective.
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The newspaper industry is certainly not without its naysayers, but in spite of dwindling numbers and organisational shake ups, it’s also full of people that will gladly proclaim the ongoing vitality of the medium. In fact you can expect newspapers to emerge stronger from their current circulation woes and enter 2020 as a leaner, more valued and trusted medium than at any time in the past 50 years, according to Peter Thomson, founder and former chief executive of M2M International. And you can find out for yourself why he’s so sure when he arrives to our shores in September as a keynote speaker at the revamped News Works NZ Advertising Awards.