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This sounds like a mighty fine initiative. Scoop.co.nz (one of the world's oldest continuously running digital native news websites) has recently launched an interesting news monetisation project that I hope you may be interested in. https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/3711-16-days-of-scoop-building-a-sustainable-news-company-for-the-people-of-new-zealand
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Wendy, Margaret and I visited Arapawa Island for Queens Birthday. Here's some pics of what we saw.
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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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From Friday the 15th to Sunday the 17th of May a group of Enspiralites gathered at Tatum Park for a retreat. I had the great priviledge of going along. Here are some pics....
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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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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, Christchurch, New Zealand - Auckland - Christchurch