Formidable reporter, wry commentator, dear friend: a tribute to Rob Hosking

David Cohen remembers a man admired and loved by his colleagues in the media, in politics, and beyond.

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

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

Summer reissue: While we rage at media, Silicon Valley’s titans pollute our lives

We love to hate the media but it's social media we should be concerned about, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.

The most-read stories on The Spinoff in the year 2018

Amid the millions upon millions of views you gave to us – your friends – here are the stories you read most.

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The best videos on The Spinoff in 2018

Documentaries, exposés and two bloody telly shows! We select 10 of our favourite videos, in no real order, as decided by fierce internal debate.

Summer reissue: How NZ news livestreams became overwhelmed by anti-1080 activists

Facebook streams have been overrun by an army of anti-1080 activists. We go in search of the source of the spam campaign.

Summer Reissue: How a cult Dunedin film gave Taika Waititi his big break

It's remembered as one of New Zealand's best comic thrillers, but how did it happen? Joel McManus talks to director Robert Sarkies about his 1999 film Scarfies.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 25!!!

Today, to mark the birth of Christ, 20 Spinoff writers have combined to create the most nuclear take of all.

Bad news: The journalists who have to work on Christmas day

What's the vibe like in newsrooms on Christmas day? And why can't journalists just take the day off? 

The best of The Spinoff this week

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

The Spinoff Presents: Get It to Te Papa Christmas Special

In this very special Christmas episode of Get It to Te Papa, Hayden Donnell sets out to restore the winking eye and beckoning finger to Auckland's Giant Santa.

The media in 2018: Spark and the risks and rewards of entering the rights race

A look at some of the smaller and emerging players – including Spark, Bauer Media and Māori Television.

The best of The Spinoff this week

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

RNZ in 2018: will well-meaning government interference end its dream run?

It has been the best-performing media brand of the past five years. Yet Labour’s bold plans to grow it have caused RNZ nothing but trouble so far.

NZME: the media giant still at war after all these years

The owner of both Newstalk ZB and the Herald retains a singular influence in the New Zealand media. But anonymous rival executives have doubts about its ability to pull off its biggest challenge – introducing a paywall in 2019.

Beached Az is back, baby!

Ten years after that blue whale first waked up on a New Zealand beach, Beached Az is coming back to our screens.