Scoop is an important research tool and a current awareness news service for those in the education sector. Scoop
Analytics shows that around 10,000 unique users from the .ac.nz domain (NZ tertiary institutions domain) alone access Scoop every month and view around 30,000 pages. Many Education
institutions also regularly publish press releases which are then available to our 500,000 per month readership, which
includes decision-makers such as politicians, parliament, Government Departments and private sector executives.
Scoop has been a fixture of New Zealand’s news infrastructure for the education sector for over 18 years. We publish
around 1000 news items per week to our main website and several sub-sites. All of this content is available to the
public free of charge, indexed and searchable via search.scoop.co.nz and global search engines.
Many people take for granted that Scoop’s free stream of breaking news and public news archive will always be around.
However, without the financial assistance of those using Scoop in a professional context in key sectors such as
education, Scoop will not be able to continue this service.
Scoop is committed to maintaining free public access, so we have now developed what we believe is a fair way to ensure
that Scoop’s future is secure - ScoopPro. We now require those whose material we publish and distribute, and those who routinely access Scoop for research, to
purchase a ScoopPro license to remain within our copyright terms.
The ScoopPro professional license also includes a suite of useful information tools for professional users of Scoop
including some specifically for those in the education sector to make your Scoop experience better.
Why it is necessary to preserve Scoop
Advertising - as a reliable means for funding our operations - dried up in 2014 with the advent of Facebook and Google
as advertising channels. Scoop receives no Government grant or institutional support, and the fact that it has survived
this long is testament to the tenacity of its founders, core supporters and staff. We are now facing challenges from
international competitors without the same dedication to providing open public access and amplifying the voices of all
Each day 210,000 Google search queries return Scoop indexed pages for searchers seeking information about a myriad of
New Zealand subject matter and each month 500,000 users access the Scoop site. Scoop’s usage patterns are proof that
Scoop is indeed the home of NZ’s National Debate.
We estimate that almost 50% of our coverage is not available elsewhere in the NZ media. At the end of this article are
examples that demonstrate the breadth and importance of this coverage for Education sector staff, students and
researchers. See Research Here
Scoop is efficient - during the working week it is far from uncommon for Beehive and other news stories to be published
on Scoop hours before they appear on the Beehive Website. Also because we publish media releases they can appear as much
as a day or two before the conventional media outlets have turned to content into journalist written stories. Scoop’s
readers literally see the raw material that makes the news on Scoop before the mainstream media outlets turn it into
Scoop is a rare example of a publisher which serves the wider community democratically and does not pick and choose what
we cover. We give voice not only to the education community in NZ, but also provide consistent coverage of local
government, community, Pacific issues as well as other sectors and forms of news which increasingly slip through the
cracks left by a decaying traditional news media industry.
Imagine for a second if you will, a New Zealand media environment which lacks Scoop as a clearing house recording in
real-time and making available to all, the activities and views and work of all aspects of New Zealand society. Scoop
provides a reliably curated indelible record of what was said and who said it, which is accessible to everybody on their
phone. Its disappearance would leave a gaping hole in the public record archive of New Zealand and remove a valuable
channel used by many.
ScoopPro and the Education Sector
Many academics, teachers and students as well as university and school librarians and marketing teams use Scoop
extensively for research or publication. Because of its wider pool of content creators and contributors, Scoop
frequently publishes news about issues that does not make it into the mainstream media. As a result, Scoop can cover the issues relevant to New Zealand’s education sector more consistently with a wider range of content and
with greater frequency than other media.
This kind of unmediated coverage is no small matter for academics and education institutions in a highly competitive and
fast moving society. It helps education sector organisations to stay on top of the latest developments and therefore to
fulfil their primary roles of educating and acting as a check on power and a conscience to society.
Scoop provides - with a low overhead - the opportunity for education sector organisations’ news to be published directly
on Scoop.co.nz. Scoop supports the work of universities in particular by helping to bring their research to the public’s
attention as well as to the inboxes of important decision-makers such as politicians, parliament, Government Departments
and private sector executives.
Scoop also offers a regular (daily /weekly) Education Sector Broadcast newsletter (available to all ScoopPro professional users and over 1000 non-professional scoop supporters) which summarises all the
education sector related content on Scoop’s various news sites and wires and emails these to your inbox. ScoopPro allows
client institutions to opt-in to receive their choice of our other Broadcast Newsletters including each NZ region, Daily
Politics and 20 sector-specific offerings.
ScoopPro clients also receive an InfoPage - a homepage for your organisation on Scoop.co.nz which aggregates all your
content on a page with a bio, logo and links to your website. This makes the organisation more visible and searchable on
Scoop and Google and is highly useful from a Marketing and SEO perspective.
Scoop’s Comprehensive Coverage
Scoop’s coverage and archive provides a significant benefit to institutions both in promoting their research and
achievements as well as providing a research and current awareness service.
An example of Scoop’s education coverage can be seen in the fact that Professor Jonathan Boston of Victoria University
is referenced in 117 Scoop articles including media releases directly from the University as well as stories sourced by
numerous other advocacy and political organisations on his specialist areas of child poverty, climate change and public
sector governance and democracy.In contrast Professor Boston is found in other media much less frequently and the
stories published date back only a few years.
The following results show the difference.
- Scoop 117
- Stuff 53
- NBR 25
- TVNZ 0
- Maori TV 0
- Otago Daily Times 17
- Newshub 5 (indirect search as NewsHub has no search facility).
Why Organisations Should Support ScoopPro
ScoopPro is built upon an innovative ‘ethical paywall’ licensing model. As with most of other information suppliers we
assert copyright over our published content. However the ‘public good’ aspect of our mission is “to be an agent of
positive change,” and we do not want to use a content blocking paywall that would prevent the wider society from using
Scoop. This is an innovative approach (although it makes our revenue generation model more challenging) and is in stark
contrast to many other publishing providers who hide content from non-paying customers.
To date we have more than 180 organisations licenced as ScoopPro clients, including many government departments and law
firms who find ScoopPro to offer good value and also believe in the ‘public good’ benefits of supporting the continued
existence of this platform.
However, to continue to provide our important services and to make improvements and generate more original reporting and
journalism on important public interest matters, we need to gain the financial support of a significant chunk of key
sectors such as education.
We trust that any education sector professionals reading will either make the call to support or refer this on to the
people with decision-making power to do so. We need a groundswell of champions who care about public access to
information in order to ensure those making the decisions really understand what is at stake here.
What Does ScooPro Cost
ScoopPro is charged on a tiered system based on the number of FTE staff in each licensed organisation. The charges are
very affordable considering the value gained from the associated professional News Intelligence and PR services.
Discounts are available to community organisations wishing to become clients.
We believe there is a clear precedent for this request, since many educational institutions are already paying far
greater sums for access to many journals from the commercial online libraries of academic publishers like Wiley,
Lexis-Nexis and Proquest. Much of the content in these services is paid for by NZ tax-payers and associated costs to New
Zealand’s universities are in the millions of dollars each year. However, unlike Scoop, these services and do not have
the added benefit of being available at no cost to the public.
Scoop would be delighted to welcome all Education Sector institutions or organisations onboard as ScoopPro licenced
users. We believe they will be more than happy with the additional services offered and will be doing their part to
support a well informed society and independent media. The ScoopPro Team is very happy to provide any more information
required to present a proposal to a resource acquisitions committee or board meeting.
Joseph and the ScoopPro team.
Research Cases Studies
This research into Scoop’s coverage has been conducted by Scoop Foundation Trustee Jan Rivers - a former reserach
librarian (Department of Labour, Information Centre and Local Government New Zealand). Jan is working with Scoop because
she believes it is an important research tool and resource for New Zealand’s democracy.
Example 1 - Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman of Otago University is referenced in 118 Scoop articles dating back to 2000 including
media releases directly from Otago University as well as stories sourced by numerous other advocacy and political
In contrast Professor Howden-Chapman is found in other media much less frequently and the stories published date back
only a few years. The following results show the difference:
- Scoop 118
- Stuff 80-100
- TV3 0
- TVNZ 0
- NZ Herald 37
- Otago Daily Times 36
- Māori TV 0
- NBR 7
Example 2 - Policy Tool by the Spinoff
In the leadup to the 2017 National Election Scoop partnered with media company The SpinOff
and Policy New Zealand on a new policy tool
allowing people to compare political party policies. This tool was powered by Scoop’s archive of content which allowed
the developers to populate the policy positions. Policy positions were developed across 10 major categories (health,
education, economy, te Ao Māori and so on) and approximately 40 sub-categories with straightforward information sourced
directly from the political parties’ media releases published on Scoop. This clearly demonstrates the comprehensiveness
and up-to-date nature of Scoop’s resources.
Example 3 - TISA
The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) was a trade agreement in which New Zealand was a participant in 2014. In June
2014 even before a Wikileaks leak made the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) visible to the rest of the NZ media, Scoop
already had eight separate stories referencing the agreement sourced from NZ and overseas. References in the rest of the
NZ media amounted to a single passing mention in the in the Otago Daily Times.
Example 4 - NZME/Farifax Merger
Earlier this year the Commerce Commission received an application by NZME and Fairfax Media
for a proposed merger. Although the two organisations are amongst NZ’s biggest media organisations they cited 9 Scoop
Media articles - more than from any other media organisation including the participants themselves - to describe and
support their case.
Example 5 - Sir Geoffrey Palmer Speech
Sir Geoffrey Palmer made a major speech in February 2015 on the international legislation arrangements related to
climate change. In the rest of the online NZ media – including NBR, Stuff, the NZ Herald and TVNZ there was not a single
mention. In contrast Scoop has published not only the press release
but the entire speech. It was regarded as so significant in the circles of people who heard about it that I received
the PDF several times by email.
Case Study 5 - Legal Aid Changes in 2015
In February Auckland Barrister Frances Joychild published an important article
on the Auckland District Law Society site about the impacts of changes to the Legal Aid system on people with civil
cases and their lawyers. The changes meant only the very poorest are now eligible for assistance. The tales of
desperation Joychild describes are heart breaking and described our Courts being full of with desperate people trying to
represent themselves, or worse taking the law into their own hands. Although it was widely circulated to the media it
appears no news site published a story about this issue in the mainstream media at the time. If it weren’t for Scoop
this story would not have gone beyond the legal community. Scoop however published a press release on the matter.
Case Study 6 - ‘News, Renewed’ Research
The ‘News Renewed’ Study was an innovative research study carried out by Alex Clarke at Victoria University in 2014 on
whether people would be willing to pay for online access to news. There was no coverage of this important story on other
New Zealand news web sites. The information was, however, published on Scoop
. Incidentally, the answer to this research question was yes – provided that the offering and the price is attractive.
Alex Clark has since gone on to found PressPatron - a crowdfunding platform for Journalism now being used by Scoop.