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Newsroom (website)

Newsroom is a New Zealand-based online news publication. It focuses on New Zealand politics, current affairs and social issues. The site is currently co-edited by Tim Murphy and Mark Jennings.[2]

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Newsroom logo
Type of site
News website
Available inEnglish
EditorMark Jennings and Tim Murphy
Alexa rankIncrease 529 in New Zealand (October 2018)[1]
Launched14 March 2017; 2 years ago (2017-03-14)



The site launched on 13 March 2017 with a promise to cover "the things that matter" and the hope of being a "New Zealand version of The Guardian".[3] Newsroom's initial funding had come from four "foundation sponsors", which included the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington. The site launched with a group of 16 writers. The site was founded by Tim Murphy, the former editor in chief of the New Zealand Herald, and Mark Jennings, former head of news and current affairs at Newshub. Its first scoop accused an egg supplier of passing off caged eggs as free-range.[4]

New Zealand general election, 2017Edit

Newsroom broke two significant stories which influenced the New Zealand general election, 2017.

On June 20, 2017, the site revealed the clandestine recording of a staff member working for the MP Todd Barclay, in an article titled "Politicians, police, and the payout".[5] The article explored the extent of the police investigation and the involvement of then Prime Minister Bill English. Newsroom described the staff member involved as having been paid "hush money" from the Prime Minister's budget. Several days later, Barclay announced that he would not stand for re-election.

In collaboration with the Financial Times, Newsroom raised an issue with the background of Chinese National Party MP Jian Yang.[6] The site reported that the Security Intelligence Service had scrutinized Yang and that in an interview with the Financial Times in 2011, Yang had confirmed that he attended two military institutions that Newsroom described as "elite Chinese spy schools". The Financial Times says one of the schools is part of China's military intelligence apparatus, training linguists to intercept foreign communications. Yang was a lecturer at the Foreign Language Institute and his immigration file shows he taught the English language and American studies. Yang claimed he taught his students to simply monitor communications, rather than carry out "the physical act of spying".[7] He conceded he could be seen as having taught spies.[8] The New Zealand Herald later reported that Yang did not disclose his links to the schools in his citizenship applications.[9]

Newsroom partnered with the international survey firm SSI to conduct its first election poll.[10]


Newsroom was jointly awarded the 'Website Of The Year' award along with Stuff at the 2018 Voyager Media Awards.[11]

Newsroom ProEdit

Newsroom Pro is an online subscription news service based in Wellington. It reports on parliament and the Beehive. Its editor is Bernard Hickey and was formed from his original Hive News. which reported on a similar genre.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ " Traffic Statistics". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  2. ^ "'Well, that's one way to announce your arrival'". StopPress. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ "New outlet's egg scoop raises big issues". RNZ. 13 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Newsroom not afraid to rattle the cage as full site launches". 14 March 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "The politicians, the police, and the payout". Newsroom. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  6. ^ "National MP trained by Chinese spies". Newsroom. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  7. ^ "National MP Jian Yang taught English to Chinese spies but was not a spy himself". 13 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017. I was a civilian officer, paid by the military but I had no rank. I was a lecturer.
  8. ^ Matt Nippert: Three unanswered questions about our spy-trainer MP
  9. ^ Nippert, Matt (12 October 2017). "Jian Yang didn't disclose Chinese intelligence connections in citizenship application". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Labour opens gap with women, young". Newsroom. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Newsroom judged Website of the Year". Newsroom. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  12. ^ Hickey, Bernard. "Hive News Friday: Hive News to become Newsroom Pro from Monday by Bernard Hickey - Newsroom Pro". Newsroom Pro. Retrieved 1 November 2017.