The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

Crazy Rich Asians and why representation matters

A glaring lack of representation in Hollywood means Crazy Rich Asians still feels quietly revolutionary in a #woke 2018, writes Keren Sim.

What are people complaining about now? The BSA edition

Swearing, nudity, blasphemy and Clarke Gayford – these are just some of the things New Zealanders have been complaining about to the Broadcasting Standards Authority over the past year.

Hope or heartache? Why the media needs a new approach to mental health

The media approach following Greg Boyed’s death shows just how much our mental health reporting needs to change

Media Archive

Why Rose Matafeo winning best show at the Edinburgh Fringe is such a huge deal

Last night Rose Matafeo won the Edinburgh Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the most prestigious awards for comedians anywhere.

The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

How an unhinged Aussie media drives political extremes

Why is Australian politics so poisonous? A lot of the blame can be laid at the feet of the right-wing media, which has given a megaphone to reactionary forces within the Liberal Party.

Media are crucial in criminal justice thinking. So how did they cover the big summit?

Reporters are routinely criticised as part of the problem in perceptions of crime, justice and the prison system. So what angles would they take at the government's much heralded summit?

How NZ news livestreams became overwhelmed by anti-1080 activists

Facebook streams have been overrun by an army of anti-1080 activists. We go in search of the source of the spam campaign.

The real ratings of NZ’s news sites shows some have a big problem

A just-released cache of Nielsen data shows the impact a series of Facebook algorithm changes have done to New Zealand’s online media (spoiler: it’s not great).

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #66: The Spin-Off, a knitting quarterly

Don Rowe reviews Spin-Off, a knitting quarterly with easily as many polemics and features as The Spinoff – only more well staffed. 

The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

The new national newspaper devoted to making the invisible visible

The founders of Multicultural Times explain why they wanted to launch a newspaper, what they hope to achieve, and how they plan to work within the country's existing ethnic media landscape. 

No grounds to proceed: this year’s best TV ad complaints rubbished by the ASA

With crimes ranging from blasphemy and bad timelines to 'the homosexual agenda', we present a small selection of the most entertaining complaints dismissed by the ASA this year.

Best Design Awards: 20 years, 43 Black Pins, 40 men, 3 women

The conveners and judges of this year's Best Design Awards nominations are overwhelmingly male. In the past 20 years, its top award has only been awarded to three women. Why?

The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.