Journalism Fund supports newsroom cadets to boost workforce

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Supporting a pipeline of cadets for on-the-job training in Aotearoa’s newsrooms is just one of the aims of NZ On Air’s latest Public Interest Journalism (PIJF) funding round.

For this fourth round of funding, NZ On Air received a total of 39 applications from 30 different media organisations, with a combined total of just over $4.1 million distributed.

As part of the round, six role-based funding applications were accepted, six project funding applications and three media applied for cadet funding and industry development funding.

“We have responded to the needs of the sector with each funding round, and we can see that media organizations are calling for support in workplace development and training,” says Raewyn Rasch (Ngāi Tahu/Kai Tahu) , Head of Journalism, NZ On Air. “So it’s really nice to see these cadet proposals come to fruition.”

Allied Press has received funding for a cadet program to train and mentor up to five new journalists in all areas of cross-platform journalism, specifically addressing the skills gap and shortage of journalists currently seen in many media organizations. regional press, particularly the South Island.

Another critical step in supporting the journalism workforce is to create a pipeline of rangatahi interest in journalism as a career. To achieve this, the PIJF funded an innovative mentorship program,
T2t Teina 2 Tuākana, which will develop the skills of Maori and Pacific high school students while creating news content for traditionally hard-to-reach audiences.

South Asian audiences will also benefit from this round of PIJF with three South Asian projects receiving funding. This includes two content production roles within Indian Newslink, reporting on issues related to South Asian communities; and a podcast series designed to empower ethnic migrant communities to respond appropriately to mental health issues.

“We continue to focus on the best ways to provide public interest journalism to underserved ethnic communities in New Zealand media, and we look forward to committing more ethnic media funding in the remaining funding rounds. “, Rasch said.

The return of regional video news for underserved local communities was also successful in round four, including the NZ Herald’s
local orientation and Allied Press’ The south today newsletters. Meanwhile, The Spinoff’s
Local elections 2022 coverage also received funding for an innovative youth-focused election coverage proposal throughout the motu.

NZ On Air is working closely with Maori funding agency Te Māngai Pāho on the PIJF, and in response to recent government budget announcements regarding support for the provision of Maori regional news, part of Round 4 funding and 5 will be integrated into a co-fund to be developed between the agencies.

FUNDING DETAILS

Industry Development Funding
Allied Press,
Industry Development Fund Cadet Programup to $516,000 – A one-year cadet program to train, mentor and support up to five new journalists to fill skills and recruitment gaps that are particularly acute in regional and local news outlets.

Indo Kiwi United Trust,
Training for existing journalists (professional development)up to $35,300 – training and professional development for NZ Punjabi News staff.

North and South Media Limited, Trainee/cadet journalist, up to $68,200 for 1 year – recruit, mentor and train a junior journalist interested in a lifelong career as a practicing journalist, building on training currently offered by The Next Page, a program funded by NZ On Air.

Project financing
Allied Press,
The South today up to $695,000 – to deliver local video news content to local communities in conjunction with Allied Press’ network of daily and regional community newspapers across the South Island.

Apna Networks Ltd,
Mental Healthup to $101,897 – a series of podcasts to empower ethnic migrant communities to respond appropriately to mental health issues.

Cinco Cine Film Productions Ltd,
T2t Teina 2 Tuākana, up to $800,000 – a content development and creation pilot program between Cinco Cine, 15 New Zealand schools, Whakaata Māori and the Pacific Media Network introducing tamariki and rangatahi into journalism as a viable career.

Metro Media Group Limited, Uncertain money: how we pay for art, up to $39,380 – a series of four long articles on how the arts are funded and what different methods of funding mean for the production and reception of art in Aotearoa.

The spin-off,
Local elections 2022up to $160,187 – a dedicated team of writers and contributors to cover the elections throughout the motu.

Very Nice Productions Ltd, Local Focus 2022-2,
up to $604,520 – regional video news for Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Whanganui, with accompanying articles.

Funding for Targeted Roles
Te Reo o Ngāti Kahungunu Inc, Ara mai he head kuraup to $214,245 for two roles over 1 year – to use current radio content and make it ready for online distribution, so that the content is more readily available and accessible to reach a wider audience.

Content Role Funding
BayBuzz,
Hawke’s Bay Local Accountability Reportsup to $88,800
for two part-times over 1 year –deepen coverage in three key areas; agribiz-environment, health care delivery and accountability of public bodies.

Indian press link,
Content production rolesup to $362,520 for two roles over two years – report on youth issues in South Asian communities, including education, language, culture, heritage, community relations, family violence, suicide prevention, child poverty and the Treaty from Waitangi.

NZ Ltd Newsroom,
Video Content Creator, up to $159,340 for a two-year role – a video content creator who works alongside Newsroom reporters to visualize public interest stories so they can be seen by a wider and more diverse audience.

Node,
Junior/intermediate role, up to $139,520
for a 2-year role – to support the provision of strong, public interest journalism in the Southern and Central Lakes Districts of Otago.

Te Reo Irirangi or Maniapoto, Te Reo Kahika (MFM), up to $160,000 for two roles over 1 year – to support Te Reo Kahika, news service for Rereahu-Maniapoto, sharing tribal news using bilingual local narratives through a range of established on-air and online platforms.

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