Welcome to nzdoctor.co.nz, the website of New Zealand
My name is Barbara Fountain. I am the editor of New Zealand
Doctor and I'd like to explain a bit about what we are trying
to provide with the nzdoctor.co.nz website. I've drawn up a few
questions and answers to help.
What is nzdoctor.co.nz?
nzdoctor.co.nz is the online counterpart of fortnightly medical
newspaper New Zealand Doctor. Like the print publication,
nzdoctor.co.nz provides news, comment and advertising space for
general practice and the wider primary care community.
As a news website, nzdoctor.co.nz publishes daily news stories
and updates, blogs from sector commentators, and a daily email
newsletter Doctor@Large. The
website has been operating in a variety of guises since 1995. It
had a major revamp in early 2010.
Where do you get your news from?
News for both online and print is written by New Zealand
Doctor and regular contributors.
Each day we aim to have at least one key daily news story,
generally the story illustrated on the home page, and a handful of
what we call "cheekys".
What is a cheeky?
A cheeky news story is generally a briefer news article - maybe
only three or four sentences − which may have as its sole source a
Where a reporter judges that the news contained in a media
release alone is of interest to our readers, a cheeky is written to
further highlight the news item.
Alternatively, we might read something in another publication
and think they've done a good job of covering an issue so we
highlight this for our readers with a link, where possible, to the
We're not laying claim to any additional news reporting in
So is your news content in summary or in
It's both. With the key daily news story we try to be as in
depth as resources allow. Cheekys are by nature briefer, but
sometimes longer - we don't call them cheeky for nothing.
But sometimes when we catch a snippet of news, for example,
plans to make a major announcement on health policy, we will
publish a brief story online in the hope of getting more details
later for the print publication.
We publish all our print news stories the Print Archives after
the newspaper is published.
Do online news stories change?
Yes, as a news event develops we will update the news story
online. An entirely new news story might be posted or an older
story updated with changes made clear.
And, sometimes, if additional details about a story arrive after
the story is published online, the reporter might make mention in a
comment to the story.
Other times we might wait and do a more detailed story in print.
It often depends on who is available to update stories online.
What happens if you make a mistake?
We like to know if we have made a mistake and will then correct
it as soon as possible. We note at the start of the news article
that a change has been made and also publish that change under the
"Oops" button on the home page.
Do the online news stories also appear in
This depends on a number of factors. Sometimes, if a story is
relatively fast moving we will cover it online and then maybe only
print a brief in the paper, directing readers back to the online
Other times the story may develop significantly so a more in
depth article is written for the print edition.
Due to space constraints there are stories that may only appear
online and not in print.
What is Un-Doctored? Can I trust it?
Un-Doctored is an archive of media releases from the health
Organisations send out media releases to media outlets when they
want publicity for an issue or have an announcement to make. At
nzdoctor.co.nz we are on the email list for a number of
organisations and receive their media releases regularly. Other
media releases we might spot on the internet.
Media releases published on Un-Doctored are just that -
undoctored. We edit them for style and remove logos but do not
change the body of the release.
We don't publish every media release that comes our way.
What other news do you publish?
Every weekday we search the internet for news stories and items
of interest to our readers and post links to these under "That's
Any new reports of interest to the sector are published in the
And what about comment?
We publish regular comment from our bloggers and readers are
able to comment on these and all the news stories that appear on
It is easy to see who's been commenting by reading our Comment
Yes, we have lots more - podcasts, video, useful links and free
and professional advertising.
But what if I'm not a subscriber?
Well, sorry, many of the benefits of this site will be closed
off to you. We are keen that the people who pay for New Zealand
Doctor get the benefit of access to the website.
You will be able to click through to one news story but after
that you will be asked for a login.
But you will be able to read UnDoctored, PEARLS, That's
Interesting and the Classified Ads.
What about Doctor@Large
Doctor@Large is our daily email newsletter. It
provides a round up of the items appearing on the website each day.
Anyone can subscribe to Doctor@Large but, again,
subscribers will get the full benefit of clicking through.
How often is the site updated?
The site is updated several times daily throughout the working
We don't generally post updates on the weekend unless we
providing news coverage for a conference. And we take a break over
That's about it - what if I have any more
We appreciate any and all feedback you have - particularly if
you have any problems with the website. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org