About Help Scoop 'Open the Election' : The Open News Project
Project 2017-02-27 12:53:49 +1300
Help Scoop supercharge our election journalism.
Help Scoop to 'open the news' this election cycle through a participatory, citizen powered and open licensed news project in 2017. We are building a groundswell of readers and citizens to help Scoop implement this more open approach to independent media in collaboration with expert freelance journalists and editors.
Scoop plans to collaboratively shape an independent news agenda with YOU using exciting open citizen engagement tools and events to crowdsource ideas and find solutions. We will then collaborate with leading freelance journalists to produce high quality, open licensed multimedia journalism covering the issues that matter most to you.
Scoop has been a longstanding champion of democracy and open media since 1999 - we have provided a non-partisan platform for coverage of government issues including the past six national elections. We are now seeking funds to retain everything you already love about Scoop and to make it even better through this innovative open news project.
If you value open and independent media then please support us so we can implement these fresh ideas and rejuvenate Scoop by opening up our approach to election journalism in 2017.
You can now have your say here in our first HiveMind engagement on which issues Scoop should cover this year
Why open the election
We think too much political coverage these days tends to focus on ‘the game’ of politics and play into the spin and the all too often superficial debates framed by the major political parties. As we saw in the recent US elections this leads to a media focus on personality politics and a proliferation of clickbait and even fake news. This situation creates a serious deficit in our democracy as our media lacks a focus on the solutions and policy which enables people to participate fully in the debate or to vote meaningfully.
We believe the Media should more closely serve the needs and interests of the people. This project seeks to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in open and reciprocal debate about the issues and policies that matter to them.
We believe this will result in news content produced through this project being framed more constructively and drawing attention to innovative policy solutions created by and supported by citizens from all sides of the debate.
How we will open the election
By donating to this campaign you will be helping Scoop to open the elections by:
- Listening to the community to discover what themes you most want us to cover. (We are starting this agenda co-creation phase now - have your say here.
- Consulting with the community on these issues using our new HiveMind platform for collective intelligence gathering and developing tools such as the Election Reactor project we ran last election.
- Investigating these issues in depth through a collaboration between leading freelance journalists, data journalists and our expert independent editorial panel.
- Producing innovative multimedia content such as data visualisation, audio, video, photography, easy to follow explainers and good old fashioned political reporting.
- Distributing content widely through Scoop.co.nz and open licensed releases of content and data in traditional and new media channels as well as seeking co-publishing arrangements with other publishers.
How to Support the Open News Project
We are looking for support in three areas:
1. Individuals - Pledge and get involved in the discussions about what matters. (Receive special opening the election email newsletter updates (weekly or twice weekly) as well as other rewards such as a book or a Scoop Custom Notebook)
2. Sponsor Organisations - Pledge to sponsor the 'Opening the Election' campaign and/or a HiveMind citizen engagement discussion. (You also receive a complimentary Scoop Commercial Use License including daily news intelligence email updates for your region and key sectors)
3. Open Election Ambassadors - Help us spread the word and promote transparency and democracy in this election campaign.
What we need to open the election
We need the following as a minimum to do this ambitious project justice:
$10,000 to build and implement technology tools to open the election
$10,000 to fund quality journalism on issues that matter to you
$10,000 for Scoop production, publishing and editorial costs
We're seeking a minimum of $30,000 to open the election this year – but if we can raise $50,000 we will be able to secure more top quality freelancers and create far more content and exciting engagement opportunities and events.
This amount will enable Scoop to implement a responsive website design so that our site will be user friendly across all device sizes and to streamline our internal publishing system. This funding will also enable us to form strong alliances with ngos, campaigning orgs and even other publishing organisations to deliver exciting election coverage and provide ways for citizens to get involved in the discussion.
We also hope to host a non-partisan policy transparency platform for citizens to ask questions directly to campaigning politicians and evaluate the responses.
This funding will also provide a buffer for Scoop to allow us to continue transitioning towards a sustainable commercial licensing based revenue stream driven by our innovative ethical paywall model.
Please pledge now and help Scoop open the election in 2017!
Please also add a facebook comment below to help us spread the message and ensure we meet the target.
The People Behind Help Scoop 'Open the Election' : The Open News Project
Scoop.co.nz is an independent news website reaching more than 500,000 readers a month. Scoop's focus is on publishing important political and local content rather than clickbait, Scoop journalists are fiercely independent and the website is for the most part supported by subscription and licensing revenue. Scoop's comprehensive realtime breaking news press release feed and publicly accessible 18 year archive provides a voice to NZ civil society at the heart of Govt. and secures all NZers access to the information they need to be able to participate in NZ democracy.
Scoop Publishing Limited is a social enterprise which operates the Scoop.co.nz site with a small team including editorial and business staff. SPL is wholly owned by the Scoop Foundation for Public Interest Journalism a Not-For-Profit charitable trust established in 2015. Scoop is a part of the Enspiral Network of impact oriented ventures which has improved and decentralised organisational management and practices. Any profits Scoop Publishing makes will go to the Scoop Foundation to support Public Interest journalism projects like this one produced last year on PND in NZ and this one on Earthquakes underway now.
Scoop is currently transitioning to a new sustainable funding model. Our Ethical Paywall system ensures open access to the public, organisations using Scoop purchase Commercial Content Licenses. We now have over 100 organisations holding commercial use licenses including Government Departments, law firms, universities, corporates and PR firms.
The Scoop Project - The Story So Far
Scoop has been a news innovator since it started in 1999. We’ve built a strong network of New Zealand communicators and built a platform which supports open press release publishing. Scoop also hosts partnership publications including Werewolf.co.nz, Pacific.scoop, Wellington.scoop and the Scoop Review of Books.
Our +500,000 monthly readers, millions of incoming links, and influential audience has made Scoop the ideal platform for developing a new business model for online news. We want to continue and expand on our collaborative role within the NZ news ecosystem.
We are now well along the way to transforming Scoop into a stable and sustainable not-for-profit independent media enterprise not reliant on dwindling advertising revenue.
In 2013 Scoop launched the initial Scoop Foundation Project - to create a charitable Trust to fund investigative news projects.
In 2014 “Operation Chrysalis”, transformed Scoop publishing company into a social enterprise owned by a not-for-profit foundation.
In November 2015, the Scoop Foundation raised $56,546 to continue development and sales of the commercial model and develop a community support base through "Scoop Foundation Membership"
- In 2016 the Foundation raised $18,337 and 11,000 respectively in two separate membership fundraising drives. This enabled the foundation to support investigative journalism projects and loans to Scoop Publishing to make much needed tech upgrades.
THE SCOOP PUBLISHING LIMITED TEAM
ALASTAIR THOMPSON - DIRECTOR
GORDON CAMPBELL - EDITOR
LYNDON HOOD - NEWS EDITOR
LIANA PANTALEO - REPORTER
JACKIE LITTLE - REPORTER
IAN LLEWELLYN - REPORTER
STEVEN WOOD - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
JOSEPH CEDERWALL - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
WIREMU DEMCHICK - TECHNOLOGY LEAD
FINLAY THOMPSON - TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR
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