Press Council to include blogs

March 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The will offer membership to blogs and digital media and will get tougher powers for dealing with complaints.

The move follows a review by the council’s main funder, the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, after considering recommendations by the Press Council and a Law Commission Report.

Association editorial director Rick Neville said most publishers felt the time had come to strengthen the council’s authority and extend its coverage to handle complaints against digital media, including blogs.

I presume it will only extend to blogs who decide to join, otherwise they’ll be very busy! Cactus Kate has commented that they’ll need an extra staff member just for Whale Oil.

Digital media will be offered a new form of membership with a fee based on the size of the entity and its commercial or non-commercial status. They must agree to the same statement of principals and complaints process as other members.

Take up may depend on the size of the fee.

Under the changes the council would also have the right, in exceptional circumstances, to censure a magazine, newspaper or website by unanimous decision of the council.

Other new measures include greater power over where an adjudication appears in a publication.

Members will be required to regularly publicise information about the Press Council’s complaints process, and member websites will be required to provide an easy-to-find complaints channel with details on making a complaint.

The council will also have the power to direct that elements of a story be removed from an online article, or for a story to be taken down.

Good to see slightly more teeth.

Whale Oil notes:

The only problem I have is the two EPMU representatives on the Press Council. I believe that in extending these provisions they need to have two bloggers on the council too. Perhaps is now time to formalise the Bloggers Union so that representatives can be appointed to the Press Council.

That is a concern. The EPMU are members of the Labour Party, fund the Labour Party and vote for its leader. Having EPMU representatives take part in decisions on non Labour supporting blogs could be a conflict of interest.

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28 Responses to “Press Council to include blogs”

  1. secondcumming (93 comments) says:

    CurrentlY it’s a case of ‘getting the Popcorn in’ ….that may well tun into ‘Gobstoppers’.

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  2. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Whaleoil should be concerned. Very concerned, considering he is a prime example of the reason we need such measures. His image springs to mind when I hear the term ‘gossip mongering housewife’!

    Thanks in advance for the thumbs down – I know how much he means to some of you! :P

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  3. flipper (4,083 comments) says:

    Thrre asre several issues that needf attention now…. and they do notym incluydemDOF or Whsale.

    1.

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  4. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    I think there ought to be a Blog posting Complaints Council to hear complaints against incessant whining posts from people like Judith, above.

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  5. Elaycee (4,393 comments) says:

    Thrre asre several issues that needf attention now…. and they do notym incluydemDOF or Whsale.

    A bit early to be on the juice, isn’t it? 8O

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  6. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    “Could be a conflict of interest”?

    “Would be a conflict of interest” – there; fixed it for you DPF :D

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  7. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Elaycee (3,942 comments) says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Was thinking the same thing :-) I hope Flipper is okay – not like him to be so ‘loose’ with the keys on the keyboard?

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  8. Nostalgia-NZ (5,220 comments) says:

    Good news, not that the Press Council have covered themselves in glory with their observations as to what ‘balance’ and ‘opinion’ by excluding the elements of one from the other. For my 2 cents I’ll be happy to join as long as a ‘retrospective’ element is not introduced because I won’t be retracting anything said about the dear sisters and their hate campaign.

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  9. Nostalgia-NZ (5,220 comments) says:

    Thought the same thing Judith, sincerely hope he is ok.

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  10. flipper (4,083 comments) says:

    flipper (3,222 comments) says:

    March 24th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    There are several issues that need PC attention now…. and they do not include DPF or Whale.
    TO CONTINUE……

    1. The EPMU representatives must go – before lunchtime – and all party political leanings disclosed.

    2. Newspapers must amend their letters policies to remove publication discretion except solely on the grounds of possible legal issues.

    4. Editing of letters must be confined to grammar. Space beyond 250 words not guaranteed.

    4. Editorial writers should sign all Op Ed pieces, even though they are technically in the name of the paper.

    5. All Editors, Op Ed writers, and reporters, must have publicly available proper names, addresses and telephone numbers, matching their requirements for letter writers.

    6. The protection of personal privacy should apply to Newspaper employees to the extent afforded by them to the great unwashed.

    7. The PC should note, and copy, the policy of both David Farrar and Cameron Slater in signing each and every piece contributed by them to a blog.

    8. And many, many more because the PC, notwithstanding its admirable Chairman, is a crock…and totally self servimg.

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  11. Elaycee (4,393 comments) says:

    The Herald writes: Digital media will be offered a new form of membership….. ….. They must agree to the same statement of principals and complaints process as other members.

    Seems the Hoorald has yet to discover there is a difference between a ‘principal’ and a ‘principle’…..

    Sheesh…..

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  12. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    But Elaycee – doesn’t the Herald employ “decent journalists, trained and skilled”?

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  13. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    You have to admire the left, they seem to have an amazing ability to worm their way into every single free lunch that this country provides.
    Unions represent 9% of working New Zealanders. So around 4% of the population. The EPMU probably accounts for a third of that number but they get two seats at the all you can eat buffet..
    Having worked with Cam Slater I can tell you that having his Blog as part of the press council IS A COMPLETE FUCKING WASTE OF TIME.
    You could hold a gun to his head and he will still do whatever he wants. No panel of sucktarding troughpigs that includes union thugs will ever make him take a knee. And in fact poking him with a stick will see a massive and completely out of proportion reaction.
    The only thing that will ever have him quivering is a spider. And his daughter sorts those out for him.

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  14. Dave_1924 (116 comments) says:

    Bloggers should be very wary of this…. old establishment media sees its readership on and off line leaking away, which impacts on their ability to charge advertisers premium rates as the eyeball count drops….. so what do you do to tackle the source of a lot of the leakage, namely blogs? you invite the enemy to a party, we will call it the press council and then you massacre them to remove them as a drag on your bottom line…. Red Wedding anyone??

    Any why the heck are unionists on the Press Council?

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  15. Dave_1924 (116 comments) says:

    Oh and Judith – why would Cam Salter be worried? His style has been considerably modified in the last month or so. The same can not be said for the denizens of The Standard and The Daily Blog…….

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  16. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    The MSM tries to take over the internet!

    Bunch of Canutes. Even if some leftist government gave it teeth against blogs, bloggers would just shift to overseas based sites.

    Behind the Press Council push is the decline of the traditional MSM with shrinking staffs, and the inverse rise of madrassas teaching journalism, the many retired-early editors, commentators on journalism (such as Radio NZ), and sundry academics whose topic is journalism itself.

    The madrassa teachers, the commentators, the retirees, the academics need jobs, and creating a bureaucracy to manage the blogosphere and the internet generally is their dream answer.

    It will never be more than a dream.

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  17. James Stephenson (2,191 comments) says:

    Any why the heck are unionists on the Press Council?

    Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union. They’re also the union for churnalists.

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  18. Ashley Schaeffer (488 comments) says:

    Tell them to take a hike. The Press Council needs the blogs a lot more than the blogs need the Press Council.

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  19. Monique Angel (291 comments) says:

    Membership of the Press Council. Whoop De Shit! If you’re connected you’ll get into whatever you want without the Press Council issued lanyard.
    If you’re an overseas blogger you won’t give a toss and are out of reach of Press Council censure-ship.

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  20. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    Nobody gives a fig about the Press Council. The poor buggers will be largely or completely ignored by bloggers.

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  21. Viking2 (11,488 comments) says:

    Wasn’t the original argument more about who is a legitimate reporter of the news?
    Isn’t that where Cam ran into the issue in Court?

    Was a blogger protected from revealing his/her sources of information in the same way as a “journalist” is.

    So the remedy was to add bloggers to the Press council and then endeavor to extract money from them under the guise of a Protected Union.

    so the real argument of who is a legitimate reporter/blogger/ journo has not been dealt with other than be creating a priviledged group.
    Douglas and Hyde spent years trying to teach people that when you have privilege that gets abused.

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  22. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Does that mean we can’t ask if

    John Key and John Banks were having relations
    and that is why we can’t listen to the Tea tapes?

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  23. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Does that mean we can’t call black mailers
    from the Auckland City Council

    Extortionists any more

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  24. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Do we have to take the NZ herald Seriously now?

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  25. Nostalgia-NZ (5,220 comments) says:

    No V2, the PC don’t decide on orders to release sources of information, the Court does whether the party maintaining ‘privilege’ is a member of the Press or not.

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  26. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Does that mean you have to disclose your interests in
    Taniwha Enterprises before blogging?

    how does this affect our obligations under “The Treaty of Waitangi”

    and who owns the “wind” or “methane” as the case may

    is it now called breaking news or breaking wind?

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  27. hubbers (139 comments) says:

    To me this reads.

    We had soft rules for ourselves.

    Now we are under threat we are inviting the threat to join and we will ad new harder rules that will be enforced for blogs only.

    Bloggers would be mugs to part with money to be part of this charade.

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  28. Fentex (986 comments) says:

    What’s the point of any blogger joining? What do they get except an opportunity to be disciplined by others?

    The only possible benefit that occurs to me is some sort of ambition for increased prestige, but that’s really sort of antithetical to the concept of blogging, isn’t it?

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