Facebook Gets Stuffed in New Zealand

From Australia to New Zealand, across Africa, and beyond… we’re looking all over the world in this week’s FIPP kick-off, but there’s not a semiconductor in sight. That doesn’t appear to be a problem at The New Yorker, which has published a great long read on the history of magazines as ‘the analog Internet’, to coincide with a new exhibition on the printed page at the Grolier Club. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift… so let’s unwrap the media present!

In the media headlines this week:

  • Stuff NZ: CEO and Owner of Stuff, Sinead Boucher, sits down with Meera Selva of the Reuters Institute to explain the news media company’s own reasoning for parting ways with Facebook last year.
  • Netflix invests in Africa: Dean Garfield, Vice President of Public Policy for Netflix, joined a virtual Africa Soft Power Project event last week, on a panel that also included representatives from the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and the Africa Investment Forum (AIF).
  • Global semiconductor shortage: So serious has the shortage become, that last week US President, Joe Biden, signed an executive order aimed at strengthening semiconductor supply chains.
  • New Yorker, Grolier Club: And sticking with the shift back from digital to analogue, there’s a great long(ish) read in The New Yorker at present, which takes a look at the history of magazines and in-turn the importance of magazines as a record of history.

You can read this week’s full Media Kick-off report on the FIPP website here.