Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Crowdsourcing journalism, with a party

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    That's an awesome idea.

    Maybe we could have a "don't buy a paper day" where people donated the money saved to real journalists?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Curtis,

    Dont buy a paper WEEK is more like it

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    Heh, I've be doing "Don't buy a paper all year" for years now.

    Unfortunately, I've already got 3 other things on on 13-12-11, so I won't be able to make it. I will throw some dollars in the pot though. I've harped on about how piss poor journalism is in New Zealand, so I'd better put some money where my mouth is (or somesuch).

    Thank you Jon.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 620 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Heh, I’ve be doing “Don’t buy a paper all year” for years now.

    Ditto. And I browse the usual news sites while running NoScript. Pity I won't be able to be up north for the party.

    In the long run, a tip jar model could work out for institutions like RadioNZ if done right. It seems to work somewhat for NPR in the States.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    In the absence of meaningful financial support for him from established media organisations

    I'll just call them gutless then.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1891 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    It seems to work somewhat for NPR in the States.

    Only if you want to listen to lists of their sponsors on a very frequent basis and regular pledge drives, where they ask you to contribute every. three. minutes. for a week. More than once a year. PBS suffers from the same problems.

    Trust me, the comparative pittance our government spends on Radio NZ is *well* worth the service we get. You can run a public radio service by donation, but it's just not as good. We have something special. Let's not preemptively abandon it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Jose Barbosa,

    Just a note to say thanks to everyone who's donated so far.

    I'm slowly posting auction items on the blog as we receive them. We can take email bids if you can't be there in person, just check gonebyxmas.tumblr.com


    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • martinb,


    Was listening to this about a group of independent investigative journalists in Britain and wondering if there was any openings for this in NZ...

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 206 posts Report Reply

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