Fairfax Sundays online

September 30th, 2012 at 3:53 pm by David Farrar

Both the Herald and the do a pretty good job of getting their major news stories online.

However the SST Columnists section has not been updated for over a month. This is embarrassing. Either don’t have a section for them or make sure it is kept up to date.

Even worse is the Sunday News. Their lead story is dated 5 August – almost two months out of date. Again either remove the from the website, or make sure at least a couple of the articles are recent. Their second to top article is an April 2012 article!!

I know each newspaper is responsible for their own section on Stuff, so it is not the direct responsibility of thr main Stuff team. But nevertheless it is on their site, and if the newspapers can’t keep it current, they should chop them!

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8 Responses to “Fairfax Sundays online”

  1. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Sacking Jam Hipkins the self appointed NZ poet laureate is a crime that will go down in the annals of MSM infamy! :)

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  2. Barnsley Bill (848 comments) says:

    Preparing for a pay wall ?

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  3. duggledog (1,628 comments) says:

    Yes I have noticed that. So now I neither buy the paper, nor read it online!

    Also recently I noticed the TVNZ weather website had the same rain radar pics & isobar maps up for a week; they hadn’t updated them. (I was doing some painting outside y’see) So I rang the news department, nothing changed so then a couple of days later I rang the online department. In the end I gave up and deleted it from my favourites menu.

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  4. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    Thing that I don’t like about the Stuff website is how their ‘Latest News Headlines’ section contains stories that are clearly not headlines. For example: right now they are listing a review of ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’ as a headline.

    That case is pretty clear-cut and I won’t click on it but sometimes you can’t tell and end up in the ‘Life and Style’ section which is particularly embarrassing when it opens in view of other people.

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  5. Bryce Edwards (228 comments) says:

    I asked a Fairfax person about this recently, and they said that that web readership for online newspapers is decimated by the weekends, and there’s really not much point putting a lot of content online on either Saturday or Sunday because its only ever read by a handful of politicos. This is especially the case for commentary and feature stories – not so much for news articles.

    [DPF: And that’s a fine view to have. But then they should just not have an online presence at all. Having the latest stories being two months old just looks awful]

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  6. George Patton (352 comments) says:

    @Bryce – if thats the case, then there is a huge opportunity for APN to win readership online and in print, if Fairfax run the “we can’t be bothered” line.

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  7. ChardonnayGuy (1,232 comments) says:

    Honestly, I can’t remember the time that I bothered to read the Sunday News. The SST is far more comprehensive.

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  8. Paulus (2,712 comments) says:

    SST will not bother soon as they will no longer exist. Fairfax Aus will shoot them off and or close them down.

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