New research comparing news stories about Maori shown in Maori television news bulletins to English-language news has found that Maori news in English-language bulletins is relatively rare, and prioritises violence and criminality.
The study was published in the inaugural issue of MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, published by Nga Pae o te Maramatanga. The paper by Dr Ray Nairn, Angela Moewaka Barnes, Dr Tim McCreanor, Belinda Borell, Jenny Rankine and Amanda Gregory is titled “‘Maori News is Bad News’: That’s certainly so on television.”
The researchers examined a representative sample of television news coverage of Maori stories gathered from Te Kaea (Māori TV), TV1 (both English-language and Te Karere), TV3 and Prime during a six-month period. They looked at how many Māori stories there were, and the tone of each piece. Continue reading »