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Hard News: A Public Address public appeal

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  • Deborah,


    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report

  • Barnaby Nicholls,

    Thanks for all your work, mate - I've been a more-than-weekly reader of this website since the early days of Media7, but only just recently joined so I could comment as well. It doesn't take long looking around the web to realise that the culture here is special. I imagine any budding sociologist would generally find reading the comments below the line a depressing experience - but it's always a pleasure on Public Address.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2013 • 19 posts Report

  • Luke Williamson,

    Modest deposit made, as per my current means. I would happily contribute again to keep you on air Russell. You are a shining light in a sometimes bleak media world.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report

  • Stephen R,

    I loathe and despise paying by bank account unless there's no other choice. The bank doesn't need to know what I spend my money on.

    The look on Kieth Ng's face when a complete stranger handed him some folded cash was satisfying (and the lady sitting next to him went, "Oh, I've been meaning to do that" and handed him some more).

    But it's been a while since I saw you in the flesh, so that's less of a plan.

    Contribution away.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 259 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Done ... and if we win Lotto this weekend.....!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • William Ray,

    Russel, have you considered approaching Radio NZ's Youth Online team? They might be interested in something along the lines of Media 3.

    Wellington • Since Aug 2009 • 18 posts Report

  • Simon Bennett,

    Done. Shame Media3 would be too costly to crowdsource.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 174 posts Report

  • matthewbuchanan,

    Patreon.com might be exactly what you're after. Subscription-based support of content creators. I’ve emailed you some details.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report

  • tony j ricketts,

    all the best, Russell, you are a treasure. Meanwhile, could everyone also consider joining/supporting a political party, and/or discussing politics positively and widely, so that next year's General Election can be a wholehearted collective expression of where we want this country to go.

    wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 41 posts Report

  • Stephen Judd,

    Done. I've got a lot out of PA over the years and look forward to many more.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report

  • Mark Thomas,

    Glad to donate again Russell. But I'd be keen to find a way to provide more regular contributions, maybe along the lines of a subscription to read past the first two paragraphs of an article and to and read/contribute to the forums. Or a one-click "donate/like" facebook style button. I don't know. What I do know is that you have strong support from the PA readership to come up with something new and lasting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 317 posts Report

  • dyan campbell,

    Done, with pleasure. I may not have time to post these days, but I read when I get a minute, and you (all of you) do an important thing by discussing everything here! Looking forward to the film on Jimmy too.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    alms for chillin'...

    A beverage sponsor would be ideal...

    Perhaps it need not be just one big sponsor, but rotating 'guest sponsors' - seasonally, monthly, weekly, or by-blogly(?) or somesuch...
    Not flush, myself - but maybe I'll auction a poster on your behalf (that Great Unwashed 'Bambi' one went for a much needed $250!!)
    or a copy of the 'Fall in a Hole" vinyl, or a Double Happys 45...
    I'll think on it...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • AThrift,

    Done ("and you 'ave been"). Always happy to help as I enjoy your informed and useful views on the world. Happy to move to a regularised (is that a word?) set up with payments to see PA.

    Wellington • Since May 2011 • 9 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Donating to support PA feels good!

    I'm very excited about foody posts. I've been doing a lot of cooking in the past year or so (when previously I did not cook) so I'm well into it as a topic of interest. Hurry up and get that food blog happening!

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Josh Borthwick,

    Done and thanks for all your hard work Russell!

    Grey Lynn • Since Sep 2013 • 1 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    I’m very excited about foody posts. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking in the past year or so (when previously I did not cook) so I’m well into it as a topic of interest. Hurry up and get that food blog happening!

    Oh, I'm keen as too. Got plenty of ideas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Gareth Swain,

    Done. With pleasure, too, because I like this site!

    (I wonder why PayPal wouldn't accept a donation payment from Japan...)

    Japan • Since Apr 2013 • 45 posts Report

  • Phil Sargent,

    Done. Keep up the good work!

    Since Nov 2006 • 28 posts Report

  • Andrew Stevenson,

    Done. Great job Russell.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report

  • Robert Harvey,

    Done. I have to thank you Russell, both for informing me over the many years since I first followed your thinking on bFM's Hard News, and later through Public Address, whose raft of bloggers keeps me from becoming too much of an old fool, which would otherwise be the case. May blessings pour on you and the other bloggers.

    Westmere • Since Nov 2006 • 66 posts Report

  • Paul Campbell,

    done - more PA is always good!

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2623 posts Report

  • Matt Pitt,

    The CentUp model is pretty interesting too. Though when I tried to start a balance it was discovered they don't support non-US credit cards yet!

    New Zealand • Since Sep 2013 • 6 posts Report

  • JacksonP, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    Shame Media3 would be too costly to crowdsource.

    Wouldn't it be great though, having an online version of it within the frame?

    Anyway, I get great reward out of my involvement with the community here-in, so happy to use this as a chance to give a little back.

    Cheers Russell.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report

  • Deb Shepherd,

    And another long time lurker is pleased to be able to pop up and say thank you in a meaningful way.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2013 • 2 posts Report

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