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Panpa Bulletin : August 2011
PRINTPOSTAPPROVED:239556/00015 DS CHEMPORT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD FORGING CLIENT PARTNERSHIPS Formulators and manufacturers of Press Chemistry, Printing Blankets & Post Press Products for the Printing and Graphic Arts Industries Head office: 41 Jesica Road, Campbellfield VIC 3061 TEL: (03) 9357 0933 NSW: (02) 9540 1019 • SA: (08) 8238 3430 • QLD: (07) 3552 6700 THREE new services are clamouring to fill the gap that will be created when historic wire service the New Zealand Press Association closes at the end of the month. Publishers Fairfax Media and APN News & Media, plus Australian Associated Press (AAP), are all making their move. Editors predict fierce competition for readers, journalists and scoops. “We’re looking forward to the battle,” APN publishing chief Martin Simons said. His company will launch APNZ Newswire, a joint venture with independents the Otago Daily Times and Allied Press, Greymouth Star, Ashburton Guardian, Westport News and Gisborne Herald. Mr Simons said it would be “a very different organisation from the NZPA”, promising copy for a younger audience. “The aim is to have a service that is more contemporary and less institutional,” he said. “We do a lot of product testing and research to understand what readers want to read, so we do think there is a demand.” The 17-journalist service, led by editor Chris Reed, will have offices in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. It will feed newspapers and websites across APN and independents. APN acting head of content Rick Neville, who will be Mr Reed’s boss, said: “All papers have a responsibility to file stories to the news service.” This is similar to the traditional NZPA model, before copy-sharing ceased in 2006. The agency is closing because Fairfax pulled its funding. Now the Australian-owned publisher has established Fairfax New Zealand News, based on company-wide bureaux for politics, sport, business and Auckland news. This replaces a system in which each masthead had a number of silo-based approaches, including individual political editors. Some 12 staff have been hired. Former NZPA editor Kevin Norquay and news editor Greg Tourelle will lead the project. NZ executive editor Paul Thompson said: “We’re interested in carving out distinctive stories and moving away from NZPA-style newswire stories.” FNZN would be “truly our new river of gold - a rich, robust, diverse flow of relevant and independent journalism to our readers”, he wrote in a staff email. Sophie Tarr NPA Hot wires NZ news agency showdown CONTINUED PAGE 6 Last-minute advice... Herald & Weekly Times managing director Peter Blunden fires up his News Limited Knights before they head onto the tur f at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take on the Advertising Agency All-Stars in the teams’ annual Aussie rules football scrap. The Knights went on to win. Publication of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association New s pape r Publi s he rs ’ A ss ociation A$995 NZ $12 August 2011 WATER TORTURE IN THE HOT SEAT PAGE 5 BEHIND ENEMY LINES Campaign journalism in action Stephen Dupont’s mission PAGE 16 TURN ME ON PAGES 12 & 13 The new TV frontier PAGE 9