We have launched the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund, to support science-related journalism projects submitted to us via an application and judging process. In order for us to do this, we are looking for financial contributions of at least $5,000 from organisations who want to enable quality, investigative science journalism to be carried out here in New Zealand.
This funding round will be operated with shorter deadlines than usual, allowing applications to be assessed on a regular basis. This will permit journalists to have their applications considered within days or weeks, acknowledging the fast-moving situation of COVID-19. Following the NZ on Air model, fortnightly deadlines will be set, ensuring funded projects are able to begin promptly.
Journalists will be asked to submit a short proposal for funds of $2,500 – a more in-depth application will be required if journalists wish to apply for more funding. Stories will be expected to be published/aired within a month of funding being approved except where applicants have signalled a longer-term project.
The Fund is seeking contributions of a minimum of $2,500 for the first round of applications, which will go into a pool. All funders will be acknowledged by the Fund, but individual projects will not be linked to a given organisation. There may be scope for a more detailed funding round in the coming weeks and months, which will allow organisations to specify an area related to COVID-19 to fund – as is done in the usual funding rounds.
If you’re an organisation interested in improving the breadth and depth of media coverage of science-related issues of most relevance to New Zealanders, please consider contributing to the fund. In return: