The future of newspapers is looking brighter, as college students compete for awards for their journalism - and choose newspapers over blogs.Well, there's the first lie straight off the bat.
Right. So, first off, this Herald survey only managed to talk to four of the 19 winners, even though 16 of them were right there. Secondly, the Herald is astonished by the following fact: people who write - unpaid - for newspapers tend to read newspapers from time to time. Or, at least, when a journalist from the newspaper that just gave them $1000 asks them if they read it they tend to say, "Yes". Startling.
Macleans College Year 10 student James Coventry received one of 19 prizes - a Canon digital camera and $500 for his school - for his article on the benefits of the recession.
He was praised for regularly contributing written and visual work to the College Herald.
But he is exceptional in other ways, too: he does not have a blog, and flips through the newspaper every morning.
In fact, none of four award winners the Herald spoke to have a blog. All said they read a physical newspaper at least once a week.
The paper also benefited, as the students' work was highly regarded by readers....
"Some [submissions] I had to read three or four times because they were so poignant, written like I didn't think could be written any more," Ms Mihinui said.Yes, it's because they're so... poignant. Anyway, I don't want to bag the kids - I'm sure half their articles are better than this one.
Unitec and Canon were the sponsors of the pages - and the prizegiving - this year.And this article.