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 Scoop’s contribution to free press globally is a modern day David and Goliath story.  Great reporting requires great publishers and enlightened owners to back them up – and Scoop has been there for scores of reporters and truthtellers around the world for many years. When the courts were not there, Scoop’s leadership on outing Enron and the people behind them played a critical role in making sure the court of popular opinion did work.  - Catherine Austin-Fitts
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“Human suffering derives from abuse. Abuse derives from belief, from everything we have had to swallow, everything we have had to believe.”
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Part 3 (the final part) of my Pilgrimage to Santiago Compostella in August & September this year. In this part we walked the Camino Ingles (the English Way) from Ferrol - the birth place of Franco - in the North of Galacia to Santiago Compostella and then caught a bus on to the end of the earth a.k.a. Cape Finisterra. We arrived in Compostella with a good friend that we made along the way Mary Grove who hails from the south east of England. 
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Fifteen and a half years after founding Scoop Independent News - with 2.5 years at NewsRoom before - the human children in the Wendy Cooper and Alastair Thompson household, George McLellan, David James McLellan, and Gregor Thompson, have now all grown up and begun their adventuring. As a result an opportunity has arisen for us to also spread our wings. However before we do so we need to find some new guardians/mentors for the youngest and far and away most demanding member of the Cooper-Thompson household.

Over the past couple of years - on the path to setting Scoop free - we had tried quite hard to find some people to take control of the little blighter, but it seems Scoop was quite determined to find its own unique way in the world, and very nearly drove us all a little mad in the process. A typical teenager. That said Scoop is also very endearing. At times it can be remarkably useful, with a big heart, a loud voice, lots of friends, and a steadfast willingness to listen to everybody, all the time.

If you are interested in the future of Scoop then please keep an eye on "Operation Chrysalis" over summer and through January. 
Scoop.co.nz , the pioneering online news resource with a deep publicly accessible archive, rich journalistic heritage and influential audience, is seeking new supporters to make it stable and sustainable into the future. From today Scoop is beginning ...
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After we finished our walking Wendy Cooper and I visited Greg, Sarah, Kea and Hettie in at their new home in Geneva. A great fun time was had by all including an exciting trip into the mountains where we found a giant chair. The election also took place while we were there. Enough said.
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Just so great to see Greg Kea and Hettie looking so happy .. looks like the family has landed on their feet wonderful to see. Thanks. 
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Is it time for news media to stop pretending that it is a business activity? This is possibly not true in some places but here in NZ (a small scale news market) the "news" business models of the wider net do not scale to enable professional news activity. Soop's solution..... going public.... we are planning to turn ourselves into a community owned news organisation. And hopeffully that will enable us to build a relationship with our clients which is sustainable. On the current trajectory by the time NZ publishers start asking for public support their readers will be ready to shoot them. 
Together we can create a future for news media which reflects & serves NZ.
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"There are three estates in Parliament but in the Reporters' Gallery yonder there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech or witty saying, it is a literal fact, very momentous to us in these times." - Edmund Burke in a parliamentary debate in 1787 on the opening up of press reporting of the British House of Commons

The State of NZ News Media - Launching A Public Conversation

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Once journalism was possibly a noble profession, though that is certainly now, to quote our Prime Minister, a "contestable" notion. It certainly seemed at least a little noble when I joined the ranks of reporters in 1989 . But these days outside of the Fairfax Boardroom there is little argument that things are not at all well in the 4th estate.
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A bunch of my Thompson siblings & cousins gathered today at Pukerua Bay with parents and children.  Twas a lovely day.
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There is new feature in Google Plus which has enabled me to make this story book of Wendy and my visit to Geneva earlier this year to see Greg Meylan, Sarah Stone and the delightful Kea and Hettie.
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This picture was taken at Puenta la Reina in Navarra ( Basque country ) in Northern Spain. 
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Wellingtonian, Kiwi, journalist, publisher and poetic revolutionary. Likes KiwiFoo, Webstock, whiskey the holy trinity and long walks in Spain.
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18 years in the online news publishing business since Jan 1997.
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Wellington
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Wellington, Christchurch, New Zealand - Auckland - Christchurch