To develop proposals for funding of public-issue journalism

Hui E! Proposal 7

In support of democratic participation in New Zealand, to establish a joint task group involving government, the Ombudsman’s office, civil society and press representatives, to explore and make recommendations in regards to the public funding options for public-issue journalism.

This proposal addresses the OGP Values of: Transparency, access to information, civic participation, and improving public accountability.

Why the contribution is important

Public-issue journalism has become harder to sustain as the media focus towards a narrow and superficial set of 'hot' topics, with little in-depth reporting. The number of actual journalists able to do this reporting in mainstream media has declined. When no-one has the resources to really investigate issues in depth, especially environmental issues, citizens remain unaware of matters that directly affect them.

by DaveHenderson on August 22, 2016 at 06:28PM

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  • Posted by johnrag August 23, 2016 at 21:33

    Government too often remains unaware until a journalist exposes a problem eg steel quality.
  • Posted by JanRivers August 24, 2016 at 22:28

    After ideas proposing the strengthening the OIA this was the second most frequently identified issue identified, unprompted, by survey respondents to the ECO OGP survey.

    Having been part of the recently completed civics and media project I would propose that a good starting place for this action would be the recommendations of that project where several recommendations were made including the investigation of commercial funding mechanisms (such a levy on ISPs and others) to pay for news broadcasting.
    The report is here http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/[…]/0beed3e7118.pdf and there are related articles in the NZ journal policy quarterly.
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