This post is to ask for your support of the new Scoop Foundation for Public Interest Journalism. The foundation is a newly established charitable trust dedicated to helping Scoop Media and public interest journalism flourish in New Zealand. It is Scoop’s response to the worldwide crisis in journalism caused by the dramatic shrinkage of advertising revenue to news media over the last few years. The Scoop Foundation is seeking funding from individuals, businesses and civil society groups who want to support New Zealand’s foremost independent news website.With just under three weeks to run the pressure is on to raise at least $50,000. More than $13,000 has already been pledged. Scoop Foundation needs to raise $37,000 over the next 19 days or all of the pledges will be returned. Scoop needs about 800 people to pledge $50 but any amount you can afford will support the effort. It’s a big task – but possible so long as enough people know about it.
To find out more and to see Scoop editor Alastair Thompson’s presentation at the recent Public Good Conference checkout the Pledge me webpage for Scoop. Journalist and equality campaigner Max Rashbrooke has also written explaining why he thinks the Scoop Foundation is NZ’s best option for the kind of independent journalism we need.
Please support the fundraising if you can,but just as importantly you can help to widen the circle of people who can support Scoop. If you can forward this email to just three or four friends who you think would be keen to support that could make the difference. With your help the Public Good mailing list of more than 400 could be an important part of helping Scoop to take flight.