- Eligibility criteria:
– The fund is open to all media entities: from large organisations through to small, local entities, and Māori, Pacific and ethnic media.
- Type of funding: Programmatic
- Target countries: New Zealand
- Application language: English
NZ On Air has launched the Public Interest Journalism Fund, a ring-fenced stream within the NZ Media Fund designed to provide targeted, short to medium-term support for public interest journalism.
The three pillars of the Public Interest Journalism Fund are:
- Project funding – for tightly defined projects delivered to a deadline, similar to those funded via the NZ Media Fund Factual stream
- Role-based funding – supporting newsrooms for the employment of reporters, clearly tied to content outcomes
- Industry development funding – including cross-industry cadetships, and targeted upskilling initiatives
The Public Interest Journalism Fund must achieve all of these things:
- Seek to inform and engage the public about issues that affect a person’s right to flourish within our society and impact on society’s ability to fully support its citizens.
- Provide accurate, accountable, and fair coverage that reflects and empowers all sectors of the community upholding the public’s right to know.
- Actively promote the principles of Partnership, Participation, and Active Protection under Te Tiriti o Waitangi acknowledging Māori as a Te Tiriti partner.
- Reflect the cultural diversity of New Zealand.
- Encourage a robust and sustainable media sector.
The $55m fund is split across three years: $10m for 2020-2021, $25m in 2021-2022, and $20m in 2022-2023.
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