06 Logan Church | Carrying the weight

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The Christchurch terror attack of March 15, 2019 was an historic event in New Zealand. For the journalists at the scene of the attack, they were tasked with recording this history. RNZ journalist Logan Church was one who took on this responsibility and for the last year has carried the weight of what has been one of his toughest, ongoing …

05 Rachel Das | The voices of the victims

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Reports of sirens and gunshots being fired are somewhat commonplace in a newsroom. However, on March 15 2019, NZME journalist Rachel Das knew something was very wrong when her boss made the huge call to tell her to turn around and head back to the office. It was the next day Rachel’s story unfolded as she was tasked with visiting …

04 George Heard | Images & adrenaline

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George is a self-trained visual journalist and is no stranger to throwing himself into tragic events to make sure there’s a visual account of what has happened – but the March 15 attacks were something on a scale he had not encountered before. According to his colleagues, he was the first photographer outside the mosque – and captured imagery that …

03 Lisa Davies | Humanity in the horror

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While reporting live on TV, Lisa Davies, One News reporter, showed emotion; her eyes glistening with tears as she shared her report. She’d been sent to cover a shooting which turned out to be a scene of unprecedented terror that had Kiwis glued to their television screens as the number of casualties grew. In this episode, Lisa Davies shares with …

02 Blair Ensor | Into the thick of it

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As an award-winning investigative journalist, specialising in crime reporting, Blair Ensor has a lot of experience in dealing with complicated and tragic stories. But nothing could have prepared him for the events of March 15. The Stuff reporter was one of the first to the scene, having taken a Lime Scooter to the centre of Deans Ave as the Police …

01 Thomas Mead | Broadcasting to the world

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At the time of March 15’s mosque attack, journalist Thomas Mead had been playing netball with his colleagues at Newshub’s Christchurch office. Hours later he would be broadcast across hundreds of television networks around the world as he faced one of the hardest tests for any journalist – reporting live on a terror attack. In this episode, Thomas talks to …

PRESS RELEASE: Kiwi journalists featured in new podcast, Friday Prayers

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A new podcast has unveiled raw, firsthand stories of Kiwi journalists who reported from the frontlines of Christchurch’s Mosque Attacks.  Friday Prayers is a six-part podcast series featuring honest interviews with New Zealand journalists who played a significant role in reporting the events of March 15, 2019.  Hosted by Media Chaplain and Radio Broadcaster Reverend Frank Ritchie, this independent podcast …

How we Engage Digital News

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The Pew Research Center has released research around how Americans encounter, recall, and act upon digital news. It reveals a lot of interesting information that I believe would largely be reflected in New Zealand. There are a couple of points that stood out to me as someone who is interested in, and concerned about how consumers of news shape what news outlets …

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The Role of Journalism

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I found it interesting recently as I took note of my father-in-law regularly listening to the radio news at the top of almost every waking hour and catching the 6pm televised news. He would quietly remove himself from social situations to do it. It seemed to be approached as a duty. He also gravitated towards anything in the house that resembled …