NZOA awards funding for public interest journalism

Posted Tuesday 07 Dec 2021

NZOA awards funding for public interest journalism

It's excellent to see WIFT members were among those who were successful in the third round of Public Interest Journalism (PIJ) funding. The $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund aims to support New Zealand’s media to continue to produce stories that keep Kiwis informed and engaged, and to support a healthy democracy.

Ka pai tō mahi to Annabelle Lee-Mather (Aotearoa Media Collective), Great Southern Television, and Lisa Taouma (Tikilounge Productions).

Tikilounge Productions receives up to $75,000 for one Pasifika Youth Digital News Editor, while Great Southern Television and Aotearoa Media Collective receive up to $737,036 for The Hui, to create 40 x 28-minute Māori current affairs shows and 40 x 28-minute Māori current affairs podcasts, for Three. 

And ka pai tō mahi also to The Spinoff, which receives up to $105,450  for a Sub Editor role, and The SpinoffThe Quarter Million, which receives up to $152,304 to provide a youth perspective on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.

Ka rawe to Discovery NZ, which receives funding for a Newshub Cultural Partnership Navigator and for a series of Newshub current affairs podcasts; and to TVNZ which has been awarded funding of up to $517,364 for Kids Kōrero, 30 x 5 mins linear videos, 30 x 2 mins explainer videos, and 30 x 5 mins podcasts news and current affairs for 10 –14 year olds, and up to $842,200 for Q + A with Jack Tame 2022, 40 x 59 mins episodes, plus a two-hour special of current affairs.

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