This Russell Brown post on the Herald and Stuff sites obscuring the actual journalism their companies generate by burying them under torrents of clickbait is very true. Someone told me recently that Paula Penfold and the other former 3D Investigates journalists had been doing good reporting for Fairfax, and it occurred to me that I have no way of finding this out other than random word-of-mouth. I don’t read the actual paper, don’t use Twitter and stopped going to Stuff years ago. And it then occurred to me that Matt Nippert and Kirsty Johnson (and probably some others) are probably still writing good stories at the Herald, but since I gave up on their site a few months back too, I don’t get to read them either. I basically just get my news from the RNZ site now, and the odd linked article on Facebook, because they’re the only sources that don’t spam me with reality TV nonsense and overseas crime stories with headlines and ledes disguised to look like local content.
What I could really use is an aggregator. Way back in the day Kiwiblog functioned as a political news aggregator, linking and excerpting pretty much every political story with DPF writing ‘An excellent Herald editorial’ at the top or ‘Indeed’ at the bottom of them. If I had world enough and time I’d set up a New Zealand journalism aggregator, and call it ‘Indeed’ in honour of those salad days. But I don’t. I’d be very grateful if someone else did though. Hell, I’d even log in to twitter to check it.