RB has no shares in Scoop any longer.
He once did have some, but in December the company was taken by its major creditor, my mother. In September she will be settling it in a trust and it will effectively at that point be owned by everybody.
I am stepping away. That is something I have made clear on numerous occasions albeit not in this piece however so no criticism should be taken from this observation.
Scoop has suffered like all media from inadequate resourcing.You are correct that it would be nice if it had greater focus. I am confident an outstanding journalistic team will take over from me and I look forward to what they do with it.
Thankyou for your feedback :)
They are not being asked to buy our analysis so much as pay a licence fee to read us for work purposes. In the case of other news organistations ultimately organisations need to consider whether they want their staff to have access to reading news (and perhaps in time also to watching news video or listening to news podcasts). If not then they would probably need to inform staff that they are not supposed to read news for work purposes or act on information obtained through reading the news media. At which point you can see that refusing to comply sort of results in a form of absurdity which most institutions of any scale couldn't justify.
To provide quality timely analysis news organisations need to be staffed by experienced knowledgeable journalists who have the background and knowledge to provide context to the latest development.
In journalism - like any profession - it takes time to learn the skills. I think it probably took me four or five years to feel on top of the craft. But deep subject knowledge takes a lot longer than that to acquire.
One of the great tragedies that is occurring in journalism globally at present is that the experienced subject specialists are the ones who are losing their jobs. This is happening partly because the pay and conditions they are on tend to be much better than those of new entrants to the profession, and also because companies want to remove pension and redundancy liabilities from their balance sheets.
This process of sweeping out experience is why we have publications which are full of breaking news coverage and human interest news. Many of these stories are very well executed - however they are no substitute for what we previously had access to. Smart, free, inquisitive minds telling the truth as best they can.
The hollowing out of experience is rationalised by news organisations who claim that a new digital first news world needs multimedia trained digital news ninjas who can produce news which is online, on air, everywhere all the time. And it is true that if news is valued on the basis of its ability to attract eyeballs then cat gifs will always beat a considered sober analytical discussion of the state of the health system and how we got here in a ratings war.
However cat gifs are not the sort of news reporting which society needs to enable us to understand, critique and hold our political leaders and their officials to account.
For me the best feature of the "Ethical Paywall" innovation is that in theory it looks as if it might be able to help reverse the cycle of experience destruction.
If other news organisations follow in Scoop's footsteps with this then they will need to provide the kind of news which businesses and government agencies need to do their work. I.E. the kind of news which we used to have before things started to turn so badly wrong.
And when you make a submission say that you want to be heard in person. Christchurch needs to come to Wellington.
Thanks for the shout out for our Crowd-Selling campaign. Following after our February March Crowd-Selling exercise Scoop's future in the news business looks likely to involve more crowd collaboration.
Its an interesting new world of news that we are moving into.
Very well said Russell.
Remember also that the day after John Drinnan unofficially announced the original axing Tim Murphy announced his resignation too.
And that today on the day that Campbell Live ends 186 Fairfax editorial staff have been told they have to apply for their own jobs.
For both the media and public #NewsApocalypse is very much now a thing. I like that Te Waha Nui has posted a piece about the Listener music critic fiasco too. The fight back has begun.
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Any more questions?
VERY WELL SAID!
Ah tis a small nation. yes GT and Debs are my uncle and aunt in-laws - and the Silvan of course like so much of your fair city is sadly no more!
I shouldn't think the TPPA would have any impact on what we are proposing. What we are trying to do involves fairly standard copyright ideas interpreted in light of new technologies and circumstances.
That said the question that you raise by referring to the global context of our legal innovation is interesting.
News media throughout the English speaking world in particular face the same difficult disruptive conditions. In other language groups the idea of state funding of news media and subsidies for news media organisations is not so staunchly resisted.
I therefore rather hope that Scoop's lead in asserting a new kind of copyright to its work will be followed by other news media both here and elsewhere. While it won't immediately resolve the challenges the news business faces - I think it is a logical place to start looking for solutions.
I find it interesting that young people appear to have picked up on the idea that access to news ought to be a right. Just as they believe they should be able to share news and information without fear of copyright infringement. While it may seem contradictory for me to say this - to my mind the "invisible paywall" idea - which marries something like "Creative Commons" for the general public - with rights which are enforceable against commercial users is an elegant solution.
As you will pick up if you take the time to read my rather extended treatise on the subject I am approaching the issues that Scoop is facing from a fairly expansive POV.
As a bit of an old-school journalist I am very troubled to see the impacts of the decline of media not so much on my own - and Scoop's livelihood - but on the wider industry and beyond that the health of a democracy as a whole, which we news media are supposed to inform.
I am also rather distressed to see how the mainstream news publishers are spectacularly failing to both acknowledge and deal with the challenges that they face. The opportunity for the major news publishers to save or preserve what is most valuable in the news industry is rapidly disappearing.
Within this context Scoop sticking its hand up and saying, "look this entire enterprise is broken, lets think laterally and find new solutions," is a response which we are driven to pursue.