Cheat Sheet: Is social media app Vero going to kill Instagram?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Don Rowe takes a look at Vero, the so-called Instagram-killer. 

How to tell if your child has fallen victim to a liberal meme hate group

On Monday night, Seven Sharp aired a segment warning against the left-leaning political extremist groups, aka meme pages, on Facebook. Madeleine Chapman expands on the report.

RNZ and NZ on Air are battling over Labour’s $38m media funding windfall

Redactions which disappeared due to a technical glitch point to a standoff which pits NZ on Air and the big private media companies against RNZ. The stakes? A huge funding boost which could shape the future of media in NZ.

Was that gross 60 Minutes interview with Jacinda Ardern actually a rom-com?

Australian 60 Minutes presenter Charles Wooley this week revealed himself to be in love, or "smitten", with Jacinda Ardern. Madeleine Chapman watched and wept.

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The best of The Spinoff this week

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‘We’ll be kinder? I absolutely reject that’: The Spinoff grills NZ’s top political editors

With Tova O'Brien and Jessica Mutch's recent promotions, the leading editors in the press gallery are now all women. Madeleine Chapman asks four of them whether that matters, and about the broader state of play in 2018.

‘It’s grim. But this is a grim drug’: The synthetic drugs ravaging our most marginalised

A new documentary released by VICE today reveals an underreported public help crisis. Don Rowe talks to assistant producer James Borrowdale about Syn City, an in-depth look at New Zealand's synthetic cannabinoid epidemic. 

The Herald and Stuff are defying the Commerce Commission and getting closer all the time

NZME and Stuff are working together wherever they can, regardless of what the watchdog and high court have to say about it.

The best of The Spinoff this week: Farewell then, Bill English

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The best of The Spinoff this week

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website.

A corporate social media manager on why she’s clapping back at homophobes

A Pride Week campaign by telecoms company Spark brought out the worst in some internet commentators. Spark social media manager Frith Wilson-Hughes explains why she decided to respond.

Andrew Steel and the mystery of the vanishing consent campaign

Auckland artist and influencer Andrew Steel recently debuted a major work about consent. The post blew up then, just as quickly, disappeared.

Bob Jones and NBR divorce over ‘Māori Gratitude Day’ column

'I shan’t bother writing any more for NBR,' says Sir Bob Jones after his piece calling for Māori gratitude is deleted from the paper's website.

The best of The Spinoff this week: Jacinda Ardern, Jeremy Wells and a Screaming Reels controversy

Bringing you the best weekly reading from your friendly local website. Leigh Hart: An open letter from Screaming Reels to our confused Australian neighbours "Many Australian viewers are suggesting that the broadcaster …

‘I just think we’ve been more aggressive’: an exit interview with Film Commission boss Dave Gibson  

An interview with Dave Gibson, collecting his thoughts on the state of the industry, #metoo and the state of the public arts sector.

Everyone’s talking about the heatwave. Just don’t mention the elephant in the sauna

From fan shortages to sweaty insomnia, New Zealand can't get enough of heatwave talk. But there's one subject that few media stories about high summer temperatures seem eager to discuss.