Trust aims to provide media alternative
Sun, 19 Aug 2012 1:19p.m.
A not-for-profit trust promising to develop quality journalism in New Zealand will seek funding from members of the public.
Founder Bernard Hickey says journalism.org.nz will seek funding from as many people as possible as the venture did not want to be dependent on an individual large philanthropist.
Memberships available to the public would provide advertising-free access to a website and members would receive invitations to events to discuss public issues, he told Radio New Zealand's MediaWatch programme.
The organisation hoped to employ two to three journalists part-time initially and would work with other organisations, including universities and existing media companies, to develop stories.
"Strong news organisations become weak and vulnerable to being taken over by special interests or simply limit their coverage to the high-sugar/low-protein news that sells and rates, but never truly satisfies," Mr Hickey says on the venture's website.
Mr Hickey tweeted that he was leaving financial news website interest.co.nz from November 1 to freelance and set up the journalism initiative.
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21/08/2012 11:58:57 a.m.
@ Alison, the organisation will be set up as a trust with its editorial board separate to its trustees. You can't sell a trust so there's not much chance of that happening :)
20/08/2012 6:01:25 a.m.
Our media in nz has been the laughing stock for years. It would be good to get some quality freelance writers. Just wondering how long before the mighty buyoff happens tho Hoping it doesnt.
19/08/2012 2:27:47 p.m.
Excellent news. With a corporate mainstream media more concerned with profits and page views, ratings and spin, New Zealand has a terribly misinformed public.
The mainstream media has become woefully compromised, more beholden to the political ideologies of their corporate paymasters than to true investigative journalism.
We need a media that does more than just report what the politicians and the monied elite say; we need a media that questions and challenges what they say, enabling and empowering people to make informed decisions on the issues of the day.
Information is the currency of democracy; without an informed public, there is no democracy.
19/08/2012 2:18:55 p.m.
Quality journalism in New Zealand? Good luck!
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