JimmyH: I read the herald and Dompost (either online or dead-tree) less and less frequently these days. This is mainly because the quality/content has dropped away, but also because of the ads - half the print versions seems to be ads, and the online offerings have annoying intrusive bouncing animated flash ads etc. I don't even bother with the freebie copies on the lunch table at work much now. It used to be "skim the paper while I eat my sandwiches", not I would run out of paper before I finish eating. The NZ papers now seem to feature:
- Abysmal and minimal local news content
- What passes for local content seems to be simply regurgitating marketing press releases and whiny "opinion" columns rather than actual news, and
- Very poor world content. And what there is of this seems to be re-prints from overssea sources that is out-of-date, and I read online as much as three days prior.
For actual news I typically go to good online sources, such as the Telegraph, Radio NZ, the BBC, the Economist and the Washington Post. For local financial information the NZX website and commentaries the banks put put out are more useful than the regurgitation of press releases that passes as "analysis" in the papers nowadays. If they paywall the Herald and Stuff, I probably won't bother visiting them at all. If I'm going to pay at some point, it will be for some of these excellent sources rather than the pitiful excuse for news that the two local outfits pump out now.
In summary. Not entirely unexpected, and I couldn't care less as the quality of these outfits has sunk so low that whether I have access to their content isn't really worth caring about anymore.
1080p: The number of spelling and grammar errors I notice alone blows me away considering the content is professionally produced and more than likely passed through a spell checker at some point.
Dunnersfella: Yup, the paywall is coming. And of course, so will the new options offering free services...
mattwnz: Anything can be spun to look good, with the right wording and marketing.
richms: [...] and ones that turn whitespace into a clickable link going somewhere.