New ICT Media in NZ
Often i express my concerns of the myopic/lazy ICT journalists in NZ (to be fair i know it is not all journalists). From my experience they will often just print a media release and call it journalism or even worse, blatantly ignore large issues within the ICT sector that have impacts on businesses and society within NZ.
One story that was published in the NZ Herald, Stuff, TVNZ etc was about a couple who claimed that Google awarded the two a contract to translate Google into Maori. One of the couple on a Maori language program on TVNZ then claimed that the translated version would search web pages in written in Maori. A quick look in the Google Account would have reveled that Google offer the public an option to sign up in a non hierarchal group to translate Google into their own language, Maori is one of the copious options. The couple made the claim after 75% of Google was translated. The translator did not know anything about the couple and vice versa. The lack of a 5 minute job to sign in to Google and have a look created a waterfall effect of an untruthful story. In the end i made a complaint to Google.
Recently i spoke with a respected NZ ICT journalist (re above story) who agreed with my thoughts. I was also furnished with disturbing insights into the large media company that person worked at.
Today i read in Aardvark that finally someone has done something about the myopic journalism in NZ. According to Bruce Simpson of Aardvark “The Royal Society of NZ won a contract to establish and operate this media centre”.
As has been pointed out, will this give rise to the quality of media articles and information from the current media outlets, or will this rich source of information become a threat that is ignored ?. At the time of writing non of the mainstream media have written about the media centre nor can i find any information in Google News.
I am now curious as to whether we will see a new publication either electronically or in paper catering to the current gap in ICT/Science related matters.
I anticipate that we will all look forward to being better informed with our own ICT media in the near future.