Danyl and Lew have already made very good posts about the end of NZPA. I’d only note that the closure is bad for our democracy as NZPA is one of the only media outlets that covered every bill and provided an encompassingly broad first draft of history.
It also means spindoctors have gained a little more power – without NZPA to draw on and with the need to fill column inches cheaply and quickly not abating we’ll only see more cut and paste press release journalism.
Of course for Fairfax it’s a good business decision. Not because their papers will get better without NZPA content but because their more widely spread stable will give them a competitive advantage over APN in an NZPA-less environment.
On a more personal note I’ve had a bit to do with NZPA journalists over the years and I hope that the company is doing right by them. Wire service work is a thankless job – a lot of pressure for good accurate copy but no byline or kudos for doing it well.
Update: between writing this and it being published I’ve heard that APN and the ODT are planning their own national service.