FACT CHECK: Did the NZ Airforce Skywrite “Allah” to Commemorate Christchurch Victims?

Our Finding: FALSE. The descibed events did not take place. On the 27th of March an image began circulating around Arabic speaking social media, claiming to depict the New Zealand Air Force engaged in formation flight and skywriting ‘Allah’ in Arabic. This came 2 weeks after a horrific white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchuch, New Zealand left 50 dead and …

Restore Trust – Write In ‘Stone’

Stone is a platform, currently in Beta, that captures research and workflow as video with highlights and commentary, at the desk or in the field. It adds depth and guaranteed video content to every story, allowing readers to follow the journey behind the journalism and creating a new branch of news media in the process. Trust in quality journalism is …

Aussie Media Lukewarm on Minimum Wage Increase, Which Public Strongly Supports.

Last week Bill Shorten, the leader of the Australian Labor Party (which is currently in opposition) signalled the party’s intent to significantly raise the minimum wage. The media’s reaction was overall neutral, with a preliminary but systematic review finding as many negatively as positively slanted articles about the announcement. This stands in contrast to public opinion, which is overwhelmingly in …

SOCIAL MEDIA – CULTURAL REFLECTION OR REFRACTION?

There’s been plenty of talk over the years about the ups and downs of social media. In the early days we used to envisage a dawning utopia, where everyone met each other, shared, bonded and grew together. Reality has been quite different. These days, despite enormous successes in proliferating important information and connecting individuals far and wide, networks can be …