Should a stock photo of a child be used to illustrate a news article about child rape?

Both Stuff and the New Zealand Herald chose to illustrate an article about the rape of a ten-year-old New Zealand schoolboy with a stock image of a young boy on a bed with his head in his hands. One of our readers sent me an e-mail about it. They said that even though it is a stock image they couldn’t understand why a journalist would use someone’s real child in an article about a child raping another child. They said that they  felt absolutely sick before they even read the article.

Apart from the content of this article being awful – WTF with using a stock photo of a 5 or 6 year old to highlight a rape?

What is wrong with reporters???????????????????
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This is the stock photo that the New Zealand Herald used.

The woman, who was not named to protect her son’s identity, said another child witnessed the incident. This image is a stock image.

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Bennett v Bridges: two token choices, either a mistake

When you are built for comfort not speed entering via the back door is often easier.

Labour are salivating over the apparent ascendancy of Paula Bennett. They are hoping like hell that Hekia Parata and her bullying team keep threatening backbenchers to declare for Paula.

They have more than enough dirt on her, including one of their own who has intimate knowledge of Paula Bennett. Then there are all the stories of her revolving door for staff and staff issues. Screaming at staff like Jake the Muss for not fixing her some eggs with alacrity isn’t really the way a deputy should behave.

Simon Bridges is promoting himself as the person to, hold Bill English in check, but he doesn’t have the bullying teams helping him that Bill English does. Affectionately known as “Justin” by his former girlfriends he is lagging behind in the deputy stakes.

Radio NZ reports:

Bill English might have cemented his position as Prime Minister but National Party MPs still have to decide who will be his deputy.

Barring any last minute candidates the MPs have to choose between westie Paula Bennett or the more urbane Simon Bridges.   Read more »

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Whatever you do DO NOT press the red button

Were you good as a kid? Did you always do as you were told? If you don’t press one of these red buttons you will be rewarded with ten virgins in heaven when you die. I promise.


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Anti-sugar lobby must need more funding – they’ve burst back into the news

Looks like Boyd Swinburn is proving that his reputation hasn’t been harmed by being called a trougher, he’s back in the news pushing his political agenda hard to slap taxes and bans on sugar and advertising of junk food.

Britain is adopting a “ban” on junk food advertising to children, just as a New Zealand authority has choked on a similar rule proposed here.

In both countries, concerns about childhood obesity are driving the hunt for new ways to limit the desire for foods and beverages that are high in fat, salt or sugar.

In Britain, the Committee of Advertising Practice will ban ads that promote junk foods and drinks from any medium where children under 16 are more than 25% of the audience.

In New Zealand a review panel recommended a new rule that ads for chips, chocolate, sugary fizz and other “occasional” foods and drinks must not be displayed ‘in any media or setting where more than 25% of the expected audience are children [under 14]”.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who was unavailable to comment today, in July described the panel’s proposal as a “major code change” and “an explicit restriction on advertising occasional food and beverage products to children”.

But it emerged today that the Advertising Standards Authority has not yet adopted the recommendations of the panel on the proposed new code of advertising to children and young people.  Read more »

John Key’s legacy is one of under-achievement

Eric Crampton at the NZ Initiative says John Key’s legacy is one of under-achievement.

New Zealand has had a pretty decent eight years under John Key. The rest of the world’s descent into madness accelerated sharply, and New Zealand’s has looked better by comparison.

But Festivus is almost upon us. And the Festivus tradition is not the giving of thanks but the airing of grievances. I have a few.

John Key’s National Party provided superb opposition to Helen Clark. It is not hard to imagine what the John Key of 2006 would say about the past eight years – if they had happened under a Labour government.

Auckland’s housing affordability problems exploded into a housing crisis. Central government refused to amend the RMA to allow easier urban expansion, failed to improve council incentives to pursue growth, and pursued a supercity agenda that did nothing to get more houses built.

While Key blamed coalition politics for blocking RMA reform, National had the numbers to do it after the 2008 election. And National failed to provide any substantive support for a return to First Past the Post, which would also have allowed it to get the job done.   Read more »

Media are embracing Facebook, but is it a good idea?

Media are embracing Facebook. We’ve seen fake news site TheSpinoff close comments and send everyone to Facebook, same with Radio NZ and a number of other sites.

Insiders at NZME. and Fairfax tell me that they are embracing Facebook for news because they get 100% of the revenue from ads…for now.

But as a long-term strategy, is it a good idea?

Nope. Frederick Filloux explains:

Facebook is made up of dozens of millions of groups carefully designed to share the same views and opinions. Each group is protected against ideological infiltration from other cohorts. Maintaining the integrity of these walls is the primary mission of Facebook’s algorithm.   Read more »


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Word of the day

The word for today is…

incipient (adj) –  Beginning to exist or appear: detecting incipient tumors; an incipient personnel problem.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Beginning, commencing,” 1660s, from Latin incipientem (nominative incipiens), present participle of incipere “begin, take up; have a beginning, originate,” from in- “into, in, on, upon” + -cipere, comb. form of capere “to take,” from PIE root *kap- “to grasp”.