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Who are the people behind the scenes at TV stations

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That’s a question I’ve asked myself too, and now I have an answer. Recently I interviewed John Sweetman, the guy who introduces the shows we’re watching and “warns” us when there is “bad” language, etc, upcoming.

The profile recently featured in Christchurch Press’ supplement technology magazine The Box and is also available over online at


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14 January, 2010 at 4.17 pm


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Sorry about the lack of news on this blog lately, just been quite busy with my journalism course and interviewing.

I am currently studying Media Communication at Aoraki Polytechnic (Christchurch campus). In this course we write news stories, radio reports and the two-a-year TV news pieces.

But, the 2009 class has been very priveledged to have been getting a lot of our work published in local community papers in Christchurch such as The Star and The Mail. But, we have also been getting a few stories published in the Christchurch metropolitian newspaper, The Press.

A couple of weeks ago I found out that a free youth health centre here in Christchurch was having its funding changed and could face possible closure if they could not enroll enough exclusive patients.

The Press published this story last week!

Also, The Press just recently revamped their paper. This included every page being in colour (New Zealand isn’t that far behind – we just had limited capacity to do colour on EVERY page), section revamp, and design changes too. The biggest change they did was they introduced a magazine liftout for every day of the week.

The deputy editor at The Press chose our class to help with a new section across the board of their new magazines (travel, TV/tech, food/fashion, out and about in the neighbourhood and a going out in the weekend-type for Monday to Friday respectively) where we interview a person for 10 questions and ask them simple questions like “how big is your TV?”.

I chose to cover The Box (TV/tech) and so far have had two interviews published with Peter Young (Fisheye Films) and Mike McRoberts (TV3 News anchor). Sorry but copy is not online.

So, I’m pretty happy with my copy being published!

Written by Gabriel Pollard

29 August, 2009 at 8.32 pm

Election campaign starts

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Today sees the broadcast of the Opening Addresses by political parties in New Zealand, such as Labour, National, Greens, etc. Tomorrow sees the campaign launches of the two biggest parties, Labour and National.

The Greens and New Zealand First, among others, have already launched their campaigns with local celebrities such as Robyn Malcolm of Outrageous Fortune fame. Ms Malcolm plays Cheryl West on the critically acclaimed local series (with derivitives in production in Britain and America), and is a self-proclaimed ‘greenie’.

I have been conducting interviews with leaders for Wikinews’ New Zealand General Election coverage to see how they intend to lead the country if voted for. I’ve only published one interview so far; that being with John Key, leader of the National party. In the coming few days an interview with current Prime Minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party will be published, followed shortly by Russel Norman: co-leader of the Green party. Keep watching here, or Wikinews, for those.

I have all asked them the same questions as not to show any of my current prejudices or biasism in the articles; it will also allow you (the readers) to compare the parties on policy and make up your mind for November 8.

Four days following the American presidential election, November 8, New Zealanders will head to the polling booths to vote for our preffered political party and electorate representative.

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11 October, 2008 at 1.42 pm

School has talent

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Researching possible interviewees for my school‘s Student Achievement online page is quite interesting to find out the breadth of talent we have in our school of 1500 (a big number compared to other Christchurch public schools).

The article on the music band, which managed to advance progress through the Rockquest which has churned out many now successful bands in its years, advances by point further. And now I’m researching about more talent found in my school.

One year 13 has managed to gain a place in the rugby league Kiwi Ferns at her young age, and one hockey player has acquired his spot in the national under 16 team.

I’m quite excited to be doing this article, shall be quite fun and enlightening article. Stay tuned to this blog for the full article once written!

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23 September, 2008 at 9.33 pm

Work experience

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As a budding journalist, I’ve been proactive in trying to advance this prospective career of mine. I’ve contacted many news agencies here in Christchurch to try and get some work experience, or even just have a look at how a newspaper is run. I’ve just completed a day of work experience at The Star, published by APN News and Media. APN are also publishers of various other newspapers in Christchurch and across New Zealand too.

I would assume most people would not be trying to get work experience at the mere age of 17. But not me. I pursue what I see as my dream job.

The Star, a community newspaper published around two times a week in Christchurch, told me to get back in touch during the next school holidays because they would be disrupted during the Christmas-holidays when I first contacted them at the end of last year.

So, I did what they said and talked to them two weeks ago for possible work experience. The day agreed upon was today.

And boy was today filled with good things. First of all it involved me doing what I love to do and that is writing. I got to write three articles.

Writing the articles involved practicing many journalistic techniques, if you’d call them that. I was given a notebook, a highlighter, and a telephone to conduct interviews. When I conducted an interview by phone, they allowed me to identify myself as a reporter from The Star. Nice.

I am unsure at this stage whether or not the first two articles will be published. It seemed as though they might be, but I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess. But the third article I wrote, I have been told, is getting published.

The article, about a new bus priority lane being constructed in Christchurch city, is set to be published in one of their local suburb newspapers. Which I, unfortunately, do not receive due to my location. Rest-assured, however, they have told me that they will send me a copy of the newspaper when it is published. Yay!

Can’t wait for the article to be published and for me to hang it on the wall. Yes, I am that vain.

The Star. They seem to know what a prospective journalist needs, and that’s work experience.

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21 April, 2008 at 9.59 pm

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