The recent novel The Last Newspaper in the World has as its backdrop the changes flowing through the media sector.
The rise of digital media is challenging mainstream newspapers at all levels – be they national or local.
So I thought it would be interesting to interview a newspaper journalist who has made the transition to an online news service.
David Armstrong is the Editor and Founder of Motueka Online, community news web site based in the northern region of New Zealand’s South Island.
David retired to one of the most beautiful parts of the country four years ago after a career which included a spell as the science and software journalist at the metropolitan newspaper, The Christchurch Press.
David says he started up the site as a way of getting to know people in the community and launched the web site about three and a half years ago.
Today, he says, the web site is seen as a vital important source of information about meetings of community boards and the district council not now being covered by traditional media.
You can hear more about Motueka Online in this podcast interview with David Armstrong.