Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The media awards are dead – long live the media awards!

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  • John Farrell,

    Congratulations, Russell. This is well deserved.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 496 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I’m delighted for you, Russell. Congratulations!

    If ever a man earned the right to drink red wine from a trophy and exclaim “I am a golden god!”, it’s Matt.

    Photos, or it didn't happen.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    Congrats re the award!

    Great initiative with Press Patron. I'll be checking it out when I'm on a real computer. Is it intended to be available to international sites?

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    Congratulations to you, Russell, and also to my good friend Barbara Fountain. So very well deserved in both cases.
    Also very happy to see The Wireless get the best website award. I'm not exactly the target demographic, but I love it. RNZ just get better and better. Wallace Chapman's Sunday morning programme yesterday was so good.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Deborah,

    Photos, or it didn't happen.

    I told there's video!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart, in reply to Deborah,

    Photos, or it didn't happen.

    Peer review isn't enough? ;-)

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Wallace Chapman’s Sunday morning programme yesterday was so good.

    The John Kirwan interview in particular was amazing. It’s no small thing running an interview that long, but it was compelling.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to TracyMac,

    Great initiative with Press Patron. I’ll be checking it out when I’m on a real computer. Is it intended to be available to international sites?

    That is Alex's long-term plan. He's nothing if not ambitious.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    This is my favourite photo of the evening.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Carol Stewart,

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    Also very happy to see The Wireless get the best website award. I’m not exactly the target demographic, but I love it. RNZ just get better and better.

    I snuck a pic of a very happy Radio NZ CEO Paul Thompson just after the website award was announced.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • artig,

    Congratulations on the award. Sorry to hear that Media Take is ending soon. It seems like it's only just begun.

    BoP • Since Oct 2010 • 41 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Good news (patron) on top of good news (gong)!

    So very well deserved.

    Please keep doing what you do.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    Great news well done Russell and all the other award winners.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 368 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Graham,

    Nice one Russ - you really do superb work and while I understand the weariness you must feel (god, I feel it too), you're doing God's work (if there was a God, of course...)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • Maureen West,

    Congratulations Russell and everyone else who contributes to this part of the blogosphere. As you acknowledge this community has been developing for so long. This award is well deserved for foresight, continued innovation, and outstanding tenacity. Looking forward to the new subscription format.

    New Zealand • Since Apr 2015 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Eediot,

    Congrats again. Now you can concentrate on that ”crisis around hosing” story I’ve been hanging out for.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Congratulations Russell, I'm glad I wrote that post the other week after a lengthy absence, gives me bragging rights, however undeserved :)

    Why are we joining the Press Council out of interest? Are there any upsides to giving people an official ruling body they can complain about us to? I'm thinking something tangible, like a party, rather than 'best practice/good governance'...

    On that, I miss the event that was the TV awards, but I certainly don't miss all the unnecessary bitterness and rivalry it created between TVNZ and TV3, or even between shows and between reporters on the same show.

    But if we are going to do such a thing, then I think we should now have categories for video (perhaps under 2 minutes and over 2 minutes or something, to separate news from longer form) regardless whether it's come from the Herald or One News.

    The other distinctions are all blurring too. Public Address vs The Wireless vs Spin Off vs One News vs Pantograph Punch - it starts to become a bit like distinguishing between variations in electronic music. We're deep house, right?

    But as our industry shrinks, I come back to the point that it'd be good to have a truly inclusive media event (I'd happily forsake the awards given the choice). I definitely have FOMO when it comes to the Canons rolling around each year.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Damian Christie,

    Let battle comments!

    we should now have categories for...

    ...I'm angling for a large cash prize for 'Worst Pun on an Award Winning Blog; Comments Section' category
    - otherwise anyone gotta job going out there?
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    I looked at nominating for the Media awards this year, as it was the first time I felt I'd written 3 posts worthy of nominating in a single calendar year. Then I looked at the category, and thought "best blog site, does it have to be the whole site, do I even qualify to nominate myself?" and then never got around to it, so it's nice to know I actually won :-)

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3207 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson, in reply to Eediot,

    He should be able to tap into some good sources. As long as the content isn't watered down.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    Well done Russell. I've donated lump sums in the past but an easy way to do a nice little drip feed would be good and a pleasure.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    and then never got around to it, so it’s nice to know I actually won :-)

    You did – and I'd have been happy to verify your entry. But would I then have had to enter "Public Address, apart from Graeme Edgeler"?

    So I think there's a pretty clear case for a Best Blogger too. The category keeps changing and the judges' decisions have been a bit odd at times – and this year all three finalists were multi-author blog sites, because that's what the category implied.

    People have asked, so I should also note that I won the "Best Blogger" award the first year it was offered at the old Qantas Awards, some time in the 2000s.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Damian Christie,

    Why are we joining the Press Council out of interest? Are there any upsides to giving people an official ruling body they can complain about us to?

    I supported it because there have been a couple of occasions where I've attended court hearings as a member of the public (occasionally with a possible thought about blogging on them) and suppression has been ordered, and I thought it was either totally unnecessary, or at least overbroad, and I've thought that I'd like to be able to stand up and oppose suppression, and writing for an organisation that is subject to the Press Council would give me that right.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3207 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    I see. And I can see how that would be useful. Perhaps you could apply as "Public Address, just the bit that Graeme Edgeler does" (that would be Legal Beagle, of course). :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ...I'm angling for a large cash prize for 'Worst Pun on an Award Winning Blog; Comments Section' category
    - otherwise anyone gotta job going out there?

    You would win the Outrageously Clever Wordsmith Award every year.
    I wish you'd write a novel, though. Or a book of some sort that we could all buy. We would, you know.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

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