Second round of public service journalism funding provides $ 18 million for 110 journalist roles

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The second round of funding from the NZ On Air Public Interest Journalism Fund provided $ 18 million for 110 journalist roles, mainly for two years.

Successful applicants included RNZ, which will receive up to about $ 3.55 million, NZME with nearly $ 3 million, Stuff with nearly $ 2.8 million, and Māori Television with up to nearly $ 1.6. million bucks.

Stuff chief news officer Mark Stevens said the funding would be used to support journalism in two key areas for Stuff; coverage of local affairs and coverage of te Ao Māori, deepening Stuff’s already strong commitment in these areas.

NZ On Air chief of journalism Raewyn Rasch said funding journalists in newsrooms, especially at regional and local levels, would help address the drastic reduction in the number of journalists in recent years and ensure that the sector has the workforce to deliver strong public service journalism.

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The new funding includes an extension of the pre-existing Local Democracy Reporter program and a new Open Justice – Te Pātiti program to fill gaps in court reporting.

Stuff reporter Matthew Littlewood (right) working on a transportation story in Timaru.  With him are Peter Scott, Vice-President of Environment Canterbury, and Isabelle Bromham, Community Transport Advisor for ECan.  (photo file)

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Stuff reporter Matthew Littlewood (right) working on a transportation story in Timaru. With him are Peter Scott, Vice-President of Environment Canterbury, and Isabelle Bromham, Community Transport Advisor for ECan. (photo file)

Combined with the first round of funding, $ 29 million had now been committed to a mix of journalist roles, defined journalism projects and industry development initiatives, NZ On Air said in a statement.

The 63 candidates for the second round had requested nearly $ 47 million for 311 roles.

The role-based funding was designed to support the revitalization of the industry, to address “information deserts” and coverage gaps of issues important to New Zealanders, NZ On Air said. Figures from Statistics NZ showed that the number of journalists halved between 2006 and 2018.

The roles funded in the second round were distributed across the country and would go some way to filling reporting gaps for specific communities or ethnic issues.

The government announced the fund – worth $ 55 million over three years – in February, saying it was for projects the media could show were performing a service of public interest and would otherwise be at risk or not. would not be produced without the support of this fund.

Part of the goal of the new funding round is to fill the gaps in court reporting.

ROSS GIBLIN / STUFF

Part of the goal of the new funding round is to fill the gaps in court reporting.

Details of the second round of funding (all for two years, unless otherwise indicated):

  • Stuff, 20 x Community and Pou Tiaki roles for Stuff publications, up to $ 2,789,240
  • RNZ, 20 x Local democracy reporting roles for 26 publications / platforms, up to $ 3,554,000
  • NZME, 15 x roles for Open Justice – Te Pātiti program for 11 publications, up to $ 2,995,702
  • Maori television, 7 roles for Maori television, up to $ 1,593,000
  • School Road Publishing, 1 x role for Woman magazine, up to $ 189,660
  • SunPix, 2 x roles for TP +, up to $ 273,600
  • Times Media, 1 x role for Local affairs, up to $ 150,148
  • Crux Publishing, 1 x role for Node, up to $ 151,200
  • The Spinoff, 2 x roles for The spin-off, up to $ 427,800
  • Ashburton Guardian, 1 x role for the Ashburton Guardian, up to $ 150,000
  • Central application, 1 x role for Central application, for one year, up to $ 31,200
  • North & South, 1 x role for North South Media, up to $ 230,000
  • Press room, 4 x roles for Writing and 1 x shared role Writing and North South, up to $ 528,316
  • Allied press, 4 x roles for Otago Daily Schedules and other Allied Press properties, up to $ 711,797
  • Valley Media, 1 x role for The profile of the valley, up to $ 127,096
  • The Gisborne Herald, 1 x role for The herald of Gisborne, up to $ 183,240
  • Metro Media Group, 1 x part-time position for Metro Magazine, up to $ 47,600
  • Mana Trust, 4 roles for E-Tangata, up to $ 650,000
  • Kiwi Media Publishing, 4 roles for Indian weekend, up to $ 705,000
  • National Pacific Radio Trust, 4 roles for Pacific Media Network, for one year, up to $ 275,000
  • New Zealand Television, 2 x roles for News TVNZ, for one year, up to $ 206,000
  • Te Reo Irirangi O Te Hiku O Te Ika, 1 x role for Te Reo Irirangi O Te Hiku O Te Ika, up to $ 176,200
  • Very Nice Productions, 1 x role for Local concentration, for one year, up to $ 105,000
  • UMA Broadcasting, 6.5 x roles for Radio Waatea, for one year, up to $ 774,000
  • Discovery New Zealand, 3 x roles for Newshub, up to $ 695,560


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