Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Wolfson Fellowship recipient selected

9 May 2014

Wolfson Fellowship recipient selected

The journalist at the heart of the GCSB spying scandal last year, and whose stories led to the resignations of a senior public servant and a Minister, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to Cambridge University in the UK.

Fairfax Media political reporter Andrea Vance was chosen as this year’s Wolfson Fellow, announced at the Canon Media Awards presentation in Auckland on Friday night. Vance also won the political reporting award and was named overall Reporter of the Year. She plans to study the increasing challenge facing journalists of protecting sources and information in the digital age.

Vance’s award-winning stories included the revelation in the Kitteridge report that the Government’s intelligence agency may have unlawfully spied on 85 people. A subsequent investigation into the leak of the report, ordered by the Prime Minister, created more furore when it emerged that Parliamentary Service had accessed Vance’s email and phone records and tracked her movements around Parliament Buildings using her security card.

Casualties included the resignation of the head of Parliamentary Service, Geoff Thorn, and the resignation from the Key Administration of Minister Peter Dunne. The latter was alleged by many to have leaked Vance the Kitteridge report. She has never disclosed her source.

Vance sees the bulk collection of metadata by spy agencies posing a huge threat to reporters.

“Phone numbers dialed, emails sent, even a coffee shop loyalty card can reveal as much as the actual conversations we have with our sources,” said Vance.

“The authorities no longer need to get a reporter into a courtroom to uncover our sources. Unless we are careful, our laptops or cell phones provide all the record they need.”

She believes that in the post-Edward Snowden landscape, journalists are lagging behind resource-rich governments, their agencies and other organisations and is concerned many journalists don’t have the technical literacy to protect their privacy and that of their sources. At Wolfson College, she plans to examine the various tools employed by reporters, competing newsrooms, media freedom organisations and investigative journalism networks.

“One aim is to source the best protections and technology journalists can use to keep us – and our sources – safe, with the ultimate goal of making those tools as ubiquitous as a pen and notebook to New Zealand journalists.”

Vance joined Fairfax Media in New Zealand in 2008 having previously worked on the Scotsman daily newspaper and the News of the World. She was born in Northern Ireland.

Funded by the NZ Newspaper Publishers’ Association, the Wolfson Fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding journalist. It was judged this year by New Zealand Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy, Otago Daily Times editor Murray Kirkness and NPA editorial director Rick Neville.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news