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 …

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 …