Approaches to News Journalism

Covid reporting has me thinking of approaches to news journalism and interaction with media organisations. My training and early experience as a journalist starting out in early 2000 led me to believe that news is a kind of collision of people, ideas and events: the premise being that there must be conflict for there to be news. Over time I have found that, in fact, conflict of the ‘dog bites

Straight off the Tussock – Racing

  Soon after stepping down as president of the North Canterbury Jockey Club in 1964, Jack became a steward for its big brother, the Canterbury Jockey Club. The stewards helped the CJC committee, but almost seemed to be on probation. The five stewards didn’t have official roles and didn’t attend committee meetings, but were there to work on race day and gradually get involved. If you were successful you were

The Day the World Changed

An honest and heartfelt read from the Christchurch earthquake An account of the February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake by Ian Lowe BEING IN THE middle of the Christchurch earthquake was the most frightening experience of my life. It was a category 6.3 on the Richter scale. So I could hardly believe the intensity of the Japanese earthquake that triggered the catastrophic tsunami. It was a category 9. Since the scale