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Panpa Bulletin : March 2007
14 PANPA Bulletin March 2007 news By Warren Page Ajoint New Zealand media protest is proposed against the International Rugby Board's (IRB) severe restrictions on use of digital and still photo news and sport coverage of the Rugby World Cup. The Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) chief executive, Lincoln Gould, told the PANPA Bulletin that he would be asking TVNZ and pay-TV channel Sky Television to join the NPA for a joint approach to the IRB. They would protest against what he described as atrocious treatment of the public in a rugby-mad New Zealand and unfair limitations on news coverage. IRB's limiting of New Zealand media to only 30 seconds of digital news coverage of any one Rugby World Cup game and associated training, play, interviews and news conference, calls for a separate New Zealand approach to the IRB, said Gould. This proposed New Zealand joint approach will be in addition to support of the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers which has already estab- lished a negotiating position with the IRB over that body's World Cup coverage restrictions. Gould confirmed that the IRB restric- tions on use of still photographs taken at the Rugby World Cup in France would be part of the joint protest. "What we will ask the IRB is to differ- entiate between the public good of news coverage and their [the IRB's] commer- cial interests," Gould said. Newspapers see digital and video pictures on the internet as another form of transmitting news, he said, hence the move to a joint protest with television companies. In Print has Birthday makeover Townsville Bulletin's Youth section, In Print, underwent a major makeover for its 500th issue last September. The revamp was largely the result of a large student survey. The Bulletin's Newspapers In Education (NIE) coordinator Jenny Lancken said the newspaper was swamped with completed survey forms from young readers. Although unable to implement all the suggested changes, the NIE team was proud of the revamp and planned to incor- porate more ideas at a later date. IRB's terms and conditions By Warren Page The IRB's grab for still photographs taken at the French-hosted Rugby World Cup this year is illustrated in the extract below from the IRB's new media accreditation terms and conditions. An earlier passage declares that no more than ve images per half of normal playing time and no more than two images per half of extra time in any match are published on any single internet website. "Furthermore, no accredited photogra- pher or its principal (or any other party on his/her/its behalf) shall make photographs available, nor sell, distribute or supply (whether directly or indirectly) such im- ages to any individual or entity such as the general public at any time during or after the Tournament (eg, via a photo library) without the prior written permission of RWCL [Rugby World Cup Limited] and subject to such conditions as RWCL shall determine. "For the avoidance of doubt, RWCL shall be entitled to use and reproduce, free of charge, worldwide and for the whole dura- tion of protection by applicable intellectual property law, any and all photographs/imag- es captured by any Accredited Photographer at any Venuefor RWCL's non-commercial purposes and Accredited Photographers shall make the same available on request." NZ media protest against tough IRB controls NZ Herald adopts NIE The APN New Zealand NIE program has taken a great leap forward with The New Zealand Herald, the country's most success- ful metropolitan newspaper, adopting the regional NIE program. The program now runs in nine dailies throughout the country. "Holding hands and utilising the resourc- es at The Herald is proving that we can work smarter by providing high quality resources, said local NIE manager Becky Hare. "The pages have a whole new look and we are about to launch a dynamic new website to compliment the published NIE pages." "The benefit of becoming an NIE spon- sor has also increased with the strength of the combined circulation we can now offer them." Syndicated NIE pages, linked to the na- tional curriculum, are supported by weekly website updates and interactive options for students, including a quiz and 'Have Your Say' opinion poll. Two new NIE coordinators have been employed in Auckland to bring the team to ten. NIE coordinators visit schools, of- fer workshops on newspaper design and help teachers integrate NIE resources in the classroom. Fairfax photos