The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

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The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:37 am

This column is archived at: https://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2018/0403.shtml

Is it time to reinvent the news industry?

Is there potential for a "new kid on the block" to knock the increasingly tabloid "fake news" media off its perch and start a return to the principles, practices and ethics that once made the Fourth Estate what it originally was?

Why has their been no counterpoint or investigation into the "an accident waiting to happen" drone story espoused by Mr Vaughan and lapped up by the media? Even a junior reporter worth their salt would have checked for recalls and advisories from the manufacturer.. wouldn't they?

Even a juniour reporter could have done the math and looked at the obvious so as to challenge the suppositions being made by Mr Vaughan.

But no, with commercial imperatives over-riding the reporting of fact, we have only one very biased side of the story and no investigation whatsoever.

Surely this is a sad indictment on the state of today's news media and it has to be something that must change.

An opportunity awaits anyone who is smart enough to take advantage of it.
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Re: The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

Postby phill » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:51 am

http://www.bbc.com/news/help-41670342

interesting not in the topic itself but in the bit where they felt it was needed
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Re: The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

Postby goosemoose » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:15 pm

All these f-ups blamed on drones is becoming a bit like "its the aliens wot done it". Can't prove it or disprove it.

Anyway I think this is a close as you'll get round here :

https://www.newsroom.co.nz
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Re: The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

Postby joeseph » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:05 pm

At least a number of folks posted comments on the Vaughan story that indicated that they could indeed tell shist from clay, which is encouraging.

Probably the main reason there isn't an accurate/trustworthy news source is purely financial, so unless you can get someone with a large checkbook behind it, likely isn't going to happen.
Wonder if Bob Jones was asked for comment about the "accident"? ;)
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Re: The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:08 pm

joeseph wrote:Wonder if Bob Jones was asked for comment about the "accident"? ;)

Apparently Bob wasn't available for comment, his office said he'd lost a drone somewhere near Waihi and was out looking for it near a ploughed field not too far from the mine.
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Re: The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

Postby Perry » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:07 am

When drone imperiled New Zealand plane, nobody called police

After reading the story, I have this bizarre picture of a police officer rapidly soaring into the airport airspace in a microlight, adroitly dodging landing and departing airline flights, as she tracks the errant drone back to its evil controller.
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Re: The dawn of a new era in news? (3 Apr, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:22 am

Actually Perry, this is a very damning piece of information.

The Police are perhaps the only agency that would have been in a position to provide the missing independent verification that there even was a drone. They were also the only agency that may have been able to track down the operator of such a craft.

That nobody dared to call police lends weight to my honest opinion that NZALPA are engaged in a campaign of vilification against drones. Surely, if they wanted extra cred, they'd have called police and, if the cops did see a drone, they'd have the oft-missing independent verification.

Why, out of all the people involved in this incident, did nobody call the police? Well filing a false complaint is an offence I believe and perhaps nobody wanted to risk being charged with that if/when it was proven that this was just a PR stunt by NZALPA.

How ironic that, if this was a real incident, the solution to preventing further incidents is *enforcement* -- yet the cops weren't call to try and enforce the existing regulations. It's almost as if NZALPA didn't want it revealed that our present regulations *are* adequate, if only they're enforced properly. That would scuttle their demands for further restriction, regulation and registration wouldn't it?
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