NZ On Air has agreed to create three funding streams to address at risk public interest journalism, following sector
In February the Minister of Broadcasting and Media, Hon Kris Faafoi announced Cabinet had agreed to a $55m allocation to
provide targeted, short to medium-term support for public interest journalism. NZ On Air is to administer the funds.
NZ On Air engaged media consultant Hal Crawford to conduct targeted sector consultation to inform the funding framework
design. The agency is now able to reveal the high-level characteristics of the fund with ongoing sector consultation
likely to shape further details of the funding programme.
NZ On Air Chief Executive Cameron Harland says the agency has agreed to a ‘three pillar’ approach, as recommended in the
sector consultation. “This approach will ensure the funding is spread across a range of public interest journalism that
meets audience needs at local, regional and national level, in a broad range of media, and reaching diverse New Zealand
audiences,” he said.
The three pillars of the Public Interest Journalism funding programme will be:Project funding – for tightly defined projects delivered to a deadline, similar to those funded via the NZ Media Fund Factual streamRole funding – supporting newsrooms for the employment of reporters, clearly tied to content outcomesIndustry development funding – including cross-industry cadetships, and targeted upskilling initiatives
The Public Interest Journalism funding programme will be a ring-fenced stream within the NZ Media Fund, but with its own
eligibility criteria, assessment criteria and application guidelines.
The first funding round will open at the end of April and will call for Projects and Industry Development applications.
Role funding will follow once further sector consultation has been completed. NZ On Air has engaged Te Amokura
Consultants to engage with the Māori media sector, with that input informing the ongoing design of the funding
“This new funding is a significant widening of our remit. For this reason we are being careful to listen to a wide
variety of sector needs, and we are bringing in specialist resources to assist with running and overseeing the funding
stream,” Mr Harland continued. “That said, we have significant experience in the media funding space, and a firm
position enshrined in our legislation and internal processes of no editorial interference.”
NZ On Air’s Public Interest Journalism Overview
sets out decisions made to date on the design of the funding programme.
The Stakeholder Consultation Report: Public Interest Journalism Fund
is a summary of the stakeholder interviews and recommendations produced by consultant Hal Crawford.
Guidelines for the first funding round, eligibility criteria and assessment criteria will be released on 30 April.
The funding allocation runs through until the end of the 2022/23 financial year.