The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

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The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:07 am

This column is archived at: https://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2019/0429.shtml

Seriously... how many people are going to pay quarter of a grand a year to access a load of personality-based opinion pieces and celebrity trivia wrapped in the misleading title of "premium journalism" as offered by NZME through the NZ Herald website?

Will Stuff be laughing all the way to the bank in the wake of NZME's moves?

Or will NZME start raking in the big-bucks via its paywall and thus make Stuff inclined to follow suit?
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby goosemoose » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:57 am

The Hosking/Hawkesby clowns work for NZME - and get to write editorials too. The horror. The risk is just too great that they'll turn up on premium content. So I will be forsaking this arrangement.
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby Stevesub1 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:32 am

Not for me. Stuff and NZ Herald have been crap for ages now.
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby GSVNoFixedAbode » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:40 am

Nope, they're not getting any of my coin. The Otago Daily Times went a better way IMHO: still have a website with the majority of local+syndicated news, but the full site is behind a paywall. The paywalled site is a digital version of the daily paper, and available to all subscribers of the dead-tree version.
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby Geoffm » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:30 am

NO chance. My father used to be a Herald subscriber, and after he died we cancelled it. I suspect he would be typical of the Herald's subscriber base - subscribe from habit. He also used to believe was was printed in it. The Sunday Star Times got so bad even he wouldn't buy it any more.
I used to subscribe until a few years ago when I realized what the cost was per month, and the fact that half the time, i never even read it or it only took a couple of minutes at most.
I skim the Herald and Stuff in the mornings from habit, only looking for NZ local news. Even that is less after the blatant and outright leftwing bias adn lies of both sites, but especially Stuff.
Overseas news I go to the international news sites.
I shall have broaden my horizons to other sites.
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:43 am

I see the NZH has already discounted the subscription to $2.50 a week (for early adopters -- and only for the first 8 weeks).

They're also touting that now it will "glitter"... thanks to the republication of stuff from even more overseas newspapers.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/new ... d=12225964
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby Perry » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:25 pm

Bruce wrote:To me, "premium journalism" is more about digging deep to get the real facts on issues that are important to everyone. Politics, economics, crime and the like. These are the things where *real* journalists excel and can prove their worth. Sadly, it seems that NZME would rather profile famous people, publish opinion pieces by "celebrities" and talk about social media for their "premium journalism".

It's all in the way it and the words are 'packaged, ' folks. A bit of semantical chicanery goes a long way.

"Premium journalism" is grossly concatenated. It does not mean premium quality journalism.

Rather: you will pay a premium (like insurance) for our journalism efforts.
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby cjet » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:52 am

Pay?
I can not get past Apple TV
Pay for library fines
I can not get to my library
Access is key
I watch Donald trump speeches
Pay for nz newspaper ads
You will see how out of touch
Council is with public
Why
News papers
Media owned by financial companies
Offshore
Let’s paste lamp posts for information
You pay to broad cast
Watching is free
You pay for town cryer
Listening is for free
You pay for stocks
Pelting rotten fruit is for free
You pay for perfume
Smelling is for free
You pay for food
Treating is for free
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby Fast Eddie » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:44 pm

I just came across a paywalled article. It's easy to get around in only a few clicks. See here: https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1123040879927652352/pu/pl/OHZmGwLwoXT1FaoJ.m3u8?tag=10&descending=true

If they are going to implement a paywall they need to do it properly!
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Re: The NZ Herald is dreaming! (29 Apr, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed May 15, 2019 12:04 pm

The WHO has released a report on how to best reduce your chances of suffering from dementia.

Here is the BBC's take on the story:
https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/clldg965yzjo

Here is the NZ Herald's version:
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/ne ... d=12231114


Seriously... they want people to pay for a story that's available on scores of other news sites around the world? Do they not understand how the internet works? Clearly not.
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