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.
In addition to the seed funding provided by Dr Rebecca Priestley’s 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize, we have so far secured over four contributions for the 2019 round. This has brought our total to over $21,500, allowing us to launch the fourth call for proposals, under four specific themes, and one general theme:
Subsequent calls for proposals – with differing themes – will be made once more funding is secured and will likely be a yearly funding cycle from 2019 onwards. In addition, stories funded through this scheme are published, will include a link to a PressPatron account, allowing readers to contribute further to the fund.
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: