Bryce Johns

Is it plagiarism to put your byline on a press release?

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Bryce Johns finished up today at the Herald on Sunday as editor. In his last article he states:

We face so many barriers to what we do, particularly the armies of PR spin doctors that inhabit so many of the institutions we report about. They outnumber the journalists, and some take great pride in blocking us in our work.

But they don’t often beat us and readers seem to know that – how else do you explain the paper having the best readership and circulation results in the country over the past three years?

This is a feeling across the media…that they are there to unspin the spin…except when you can plonk your byline on a press release and claim it as your own writing.

On Saturday there was an article about the new waterproof Army Bibles….it is bylined by Kurt Bayer. It is a good article, about something interesting, but if only Kurt had written even a third of the words himself. The words highlighted in Yellow are directly lifted without editing from the Army press release, the words in Green are a rearrangement. Unhighlighted text isn’t substantially in the Army press release.

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Decent? Trained? Skilled? It’s laughable really

Bryce Johns has finished up as Editor at Herald on Sunday, he is the one who laughably complained about some posts of mine and said that his staff are “decent journalists, trained and skilled” and insisted I act like them.

He states in his final article:

You can be assured, however, the Herald on Sunday team will keep delivering for you. I’ve not worked with a more dedicated group, and acting editor Jonathan Milne is a driven man.

We face so many barriers to what we do, particularly the armies of PR spin doctors that inhabit so many of the institutions we report about. They outnumber the journalists, and some take great pride in blocking us in our work.

But they don’t often beat us and readers seem to know that – how else do you explain the paper having the best readership and circulation results in the country over the past three years?

Jonathan Milne is a good guy. I hope he can make changes and not act like a cock like his former boss. But speaking of the quality work that Bryce Johns is so proud of look at this article that is so full of fail.  Read more »

News at the Herald on Sunday, on Saturday

Free hit, 6 runs off a no ball, this is a massive Herald Bomb…they are busily publishing tomorrows Herald on Sunday articles, including the editorial online as we speak. Looks like Bryce John’s “decent journalists, trained and skilled” are going to save us a few minutes and some cash tomorrow by enabling us to not buy their rag by publishing online tonight…interesting strategy.

Here is Matt McCarten’s column:

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Not even trying are you Bryce?

Bryce Johns sent me an email saying I should try and emulate his staff, who in his words are, “decent journalists, trained and skilled“.

Nothing has changed at the Herald on Sunday however.

They aren’t even trying.

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Polls, Poles, who cares, sounds the same

Apparently Van Ginsbergen is now enjoying politics rather than motor racing…but who cares, it’s just a word, sounds the same…I really should stop pointing out all the error’s that Bryce Johns’ “decent journalists, trained and skilled” are making…but then he did email me to try harder.

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Good on Kerre, shame on Bryce

Bryce Johns claimed that the Herald on Sunday had “decent journalists, trained and skilled” and that I should try and emulate them and him.

Today they have a column by Kerre McIvor (formerly Woodham) about her changing her name after getting married. It is entitled “A girl formerly known as…“.

In the column she talks about her editor, the aforementioned Bryce Johns, and the difficulty he has had making the transition to her new name.

Some people wanted to know what my various employers thought, given that I’d built a career in the media under Woodham (all fine, thank you – although it took the Herald on Sunday slighter longer than the others to come round to the idea!)

And at the bottom of the column Johns himself adds a note:  Read more »

“Decent Journalists, trained and skilled” really bomb up this time

Bryce Johns wrote me a sarcastic email describing Kathryn Powley as a “decent journalist, trained skilled” in an attempt to somehow shame me or ridicule me.

Of coure everyone knows that I am shameless and ridicule…pffft.

In today’s Herald on Sunday, you know the one re-launched with great fanfare and the one that was going to be bigger, betterer yada yada yada…they have a story about Greg King being cleared.

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Correlation or causation? The NZ Herald’s woes – you decide

Here’s a chart showing the NZ Herald’s share performance

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And here is an article they published November 2011   Read more »

What a way to start, from tweets to paper there are bombs all round

Bryce Johns, the guy who only employs “decent journalists, trained and skilled” has been spruiking his new look paper hard out this week, including last night:

Hmmm…perhaps a Twitter auto correct?

Then there his promotion of Bevan Hurley as the lead story writer:

Hmmm..I wonder who wrote it for him between band practice…and here was me thinking that Carolyne Meng-yee was going to make a comeback…seems she couldn’t produce a ripper for the front page.  Read more »

Which government department? The Herald certainly has no idea

Easily mistake I guess. ACC or IRD, I can see how they could easily be confused.

I feel sorry for Adam Bennett, he actually is “a decent journalist, trained and skilled“, pity about the sub-editors though.

"Decent journalists, trained and skilled" have made sure the image matches the story

“Decent journalists, trained and skilled” have made sure the image matches the story

The Herald has a major problem, they seem unwilling to do anything to address it. Their claims of being a newspaper of record are diminishing by the day. The former glory days are sadly long since past.  Read more »