2 Dinosaurs discover keyboards
So another new news blog has launched in NZ, this time it’s called Newsroom and it’s for mostly white people who want news from mostly white people…
It’s funny watching a bunch of people who have been forced out of their respective news organisations because of the internet reducing ad revenue starting their own online news source. We are seeing the sub contracting out of news services to other groups at arms length from the parent news organisation in a desperate attempt to stay alive and keep credibility in an age where there is nothing but contempt for corporate news.
Stuff have signed a deal to subcontract actual news out to Newsroom which frees Stuff up to just continue publishing their lite entertainment clickbait newsz opinion (and prepares Stuff for the looming cutbacks their owners have threatened if they don’t get their newspaper monopoly). The stuffy old NZ Herald has done the same kind of deal with the Spin Blog where Spin provides lite entertainment fluff to plump up the Herald’s dour dislike for popular culture.
It’s the same gatekeepers desperately attempting to find relevance in a social media age that has walked away from them.
These mutations aren’t a solution to the problem of under funded journalism, they are a symptom of how damaged the business model has become.