Hive News Friday: Hive News to become Newsroom Pro from Monday; Weekend Reads
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After just over three years of publishing daily, this will be the last Hive News email in this format, but it's the beginning of a bigger and better news service.
From Monday, email subscribers will receive Newsroom Pro's 8 things at 8 am email and will have access to a much more substantial Newsroom Pro service with more news, analysis and insight from a team of editors in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Hive News' sub editor Lynn Grieveson and I have joined up with Newsroom New Zealand Ltd to launch Newsroom and Newsroom Pro from Monday. Newsroom NZ Ltd was formed by Tim Murphy and Mark Jennings and a group of other excellent journalists and editors in Auckland this year to meet a growing need for news about the things that matter.
I am a shareholder in the new venture and am looking forward to building an essential and sustainable news business that is funded by sponsorship and subscriptions. Newsroom.co.nz will be a publicly accessible site that will also launch on Monday and is funded by sponsorship, including from Holden, Chorus and Victoria University. Newsroom Pro's reporters and editors will be contributing to this public site, building on the reporting and editing that we do for Newsroom Pro, which is a subscription site.
Newsroom Pro subscribers will receive exclusive news, analysis, insight, interviews and explainers from a team of four in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, including myself as Newsroom Pro's Managing Editor, National Affairs Editor Shane Cowlishaw, a Foreign Affairs Editor we are hiring and our editor and photographer Lynn Grieveson. In Auckland, Newsroom's Environment Reporter Eloise Gibson will also contribute to the Newsroom Pro service. We aim to grow and extend the depth and breadth of coverage of policy and politics as the overall Newsroom operation grows.
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Existing corporate subscribers to Hive News will have trial access to Newsroom Pro Raw for a three month period to the end of June. Please reply to this email, or email me at email@example.com, or call me on 0278660011 to arrange access to Newsroom Pro Raw. During that time we'll be in touch to propose a corporate subscription arrangement that works for your organisation for the new Newsroom Pro.
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I welcome your feedback and I'd like to thank you for your support over the last three and a bit years.
Meanwhile, look out below for the final 'Weekend Reads', which I'm told has been a popular feature of Hive News. We will continue to feature these links to interesting and more thoughtful longer reads in our daily '8 things at 8 am' emails. Also, please accept my apologies for the sparser nature of the emails in recent days as I've been focused on building this new news operation and preparing for Monday's launch.
We are now ready for launch and look forward to your support in building Newsroom and Newsroom Pro into an essential part of your day.
10 March 2017
For the profit and pleasure of subscribers, here is a few longer reads on economic, political and social issues from around the Internet.
The Donald Trump story just gets more mind boggling by the day. It's almost impossible to turn away and stop watching what is a car crash of a Government in fast motion. His latest healthcare revamp looks to be dead on arrival. But that may have been the aim, as this Washington Post report reveals. The apparent cynicism is breathtaking.
Trump's healthcare reforms are in disarray, and so are his tax reform plans, as Damian Paletta points out here.
This week's IMF report on the New Zealand economy is a useful summary of where we're at and how we could reform ourselves. The IMF supported the Reserve Bank's push to include the Debt to Income Multiple in its tool kit and made this good point: "Easing housing supply constraints will be important to safeguard the long-term attractiveness of New Zealand for skilled labor and business."
Historian Yuval Noah Harari writes here at ideas.ted.com that just as mass industrialization created the working class, the AI revolution will create a new unworking class
Tony Alexander's defence of baby boomers caused quite a stir this week. Peter Nunns takes a more thoughtful response that focuses on the data on savings rates, interest rates and inflation rates.
"Alexander’s assertions about the savings behaviour of young people are false, his suggestions about ways to save even more money to buy a home are largely useless, and his references to the high mortgage interest rates faced by Boomer home-buyers are misleading," Nunns concludes. His post is worth it for the data and charts.
Speaking of groups that are divided and not talking to each other, this piece by Bill Bishop in The Washington Post is an essential read on the way trust in institutions across the developed world has declined so much over the last 50 years. It's not just about people losing faith in Government and the media, he says. He points to the way people are increasingly cordoning themselves off from each other in gated communities, in both the real world and the online world.
"In these increasingly homogenous communities, nobody need bother about compromise and the trust it requires. From anti-abortion measures to laws governing factory farming, the policy action is taking place where majorities can do what they want without dealing with “those people” who live the next state over or a few miles down the road," he writes.
Have a great weekend. We'll have more of these useful links in Newsroom Pro's '8 things at 8 am' emails.
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