EveningReport.nz launches tonight (8pm, March 9, 2015) and is established under its ‘Independent Interactive Debate’ brand.
EveningReport.nz launches with an extended one-on-one interview with investigative journalist Nicky Hager on the Snowden Revelations.
This e-media site is less tribal than a blog, is independent at its core, and driven by public interest fourth estate journalism principles.
The interview will be interesting. I agree about the tribalism, however that is partially at the heart of what blogs are about. They are a place to argue things out and that isn’t done in a arena of superficial congeniality like a academic or journalistic environs. It is more like a bar as people sort out the issues of the day and the decade to their own satisfaction.
But we need things to chew over.
Manning has 22 years experience as a journalist, and specialises in investigative journalism, politics, foreign affairs, intelligence and security analysis.
He is a regular commentator on radio in New Zealand, Australia, and abroad, and has delivered reportage and analysis via all expressions of media including: television, internet, newspapers and magazines.
Manning has established the EveningReport.nz, as he believes New Zealanders are interested in following big issues and deserve a place to go where extensive-robust debate is encouraged irrespective of a person’s politics or beliefs.
Pretty much what we try to do here. We set bouncer rules of minimum standards of behaviour and very fast and abrupt responses to people pushing the boundaries. Not that dissimilar to what I used to do in public bars and nightclubs I worked in when I was younger. They suit the culture we want to foster of an open robust debate, but one where everyone gets a chance to have a say because the dickheads are booted out until their behaviour improves.
“I’ve become tired of the infighting on some of the progressive blogs, and I believe a wider audience should have an independently positioned outlet that is less interested in attack lines and more interested in extending debate on big issues,” Selwyn Manning said.
“So EveningReport.nz is more analysis, and fourth-estate-based debate, as opposed to a polarising blog site.
“And as editor, I’m looking for well-researched, well argued submissions, from journalists and writers who wish to expand on current affairs reportage. But I am also inviting submissions from people, irrespective of their background or community, who have something to contribute to the New Zealand debate,” Selwyn Manning said.
Indeed. I don’t particularly like having to defend this site from some of the crazy shit that has being going down on the left either. Bad enough dealing with it from the right, although that has largely died down now. But it is a waste of my time and the time of others involved in the site to have to deal with. However rising gracefully above and turning the other cheek to fools spreading ridiculous memes is something that seldom works. So I have to waste the time that could be better spent on other things.
But it is going to be good to have another outlet for the longish analysis that we don’t really want do here. Our task is to promote a robust debate with a reasonable behavioural standard. But having more material to read, disagree with (and maybe even agree with), and link to is awesome.
Nice to see Selwyn setting it up, and nice to see a newly minted .nz domain tag as well.