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About

infonews.co.nz is a nation-wide local news website for New Zealand which allows any member of the community to publish news, photos and events.

The site is segmented into region, city and topic home pages, which contain a range of local and niche information and news.

Contributions to infonews.co.nz come from individuals, businesses, organisations and clubs throughout New Zealand. It is free to join and any member can publish content.

Content on infonews.co.nz is displayed with the most recently published content at the top. The top stories are ranked on the number of views each article gets. The aim is to let the readers decide what the top stories are.

Fraser Mills and Peter Hodge, both graduates from the Peter Arnett School of Journalism at the Southern Institute of Technology, founded infonews.co.nz in 2006 as a Citizen Journalism site in an effort to offer a different format where all users have access to unabridged real-time news as it occurs in their communities.

infonews.co.nz is also available on RSS, Twitter and Facebook.


What is Citizen Journalism?

AKA "grassroots journalism." The collecting and publication of timely, unique, nonfiction information by individuals without formal journalism training or professional affiliation. Examples include the publication of cell phone photos from a breaking news scene, blog reports covering local government meetings and discussion forums reporting results from international competitions.


Contact Us

For contact details please see our Contact page.


Content

There are three types of content that can be added to infonews. News, events and photos.

  • News can be added as text and include basic text formatting, links to web pages or even embedded videos. News should be topical and informative. See our news writing guidelines for help.
  • Events can be added for past, present or future dates and are primarily information based content. Events can be used to tie articles together as stories unfold related to a specific event.
  • Photos can be added on their own, but can also be linked to news and events.


Categories and Topics

All content on the website is placed in one of four main categories:

  • News
  • Sport
  • Business
  • Entertainment

Each category is divided up further into topics and every topic on infonews.co.nz has its own home page. View a topic home page to see news, events, photos and links relevant to that topic.


Locations

All content on the site is also tagged with a location. New Zealand is divided up into a number of regions and then divided up further into towns or cities.


Facebook

Join us on Facebook and get the best of infonews.co.nz hand picked by our editors.

Our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/infonews.co.nz


Follow us on Twitter

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

infonews.co.nz uses Twitter to help spread our message so you can get our news however it suits you.

infonews.co.nz on Twitter

All news - twitter.com/infonewsnz
Sport news - twitter.com/infosportnz
Business news - twitter.com/infobusinessnz

infonews editors

Peter Hodge - twitter.com/peterhodge
Fraser Mills - twitter.com/frasernz




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