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What Does Good Journalism Mean To You? Scoop’s Crowd Speaks

Article – The Scoop Foundation As contributors to the New Scoop (people who say they would like to assist with the project) signed up on takebackthenews.nz they were asked to share their thoughts on what good journalism meant to them. What Does Good Journalism Mean To You? The Wisdom Of Scoop’s Crowd Report Compiled By Audrey Seaman Videos by Olexander Barnes [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjUl1A-Jni4&w=560&h=315] Over the past year, Scoop has been building a platform – the New Scoop – to support public interest journalism and create a better future for the news. Scoop is now working to create a strong foundation for investigative journalism to thrive. Scoop wants to seek truth and report on it, minimise harm, act both independently and honestly, and hold itself accountable. When Scoop became a not-for-profit in September, it opened the decision making processes to members. As contributors to the New Scoop (people who say they would like to assist with the project) signed up on takebackthenews.nz they were asked to share their thoughts on what good journalism meant to them. Scoop contributor Alessandra Nixon feels good journalism is important because it helps inform the general public and breaks down complex political and social issues. “At its best, good journalism holds those in positions of power to account, it incites debate and tackles the difficult or uncomfortable issues,” Nixon says. “It should present stories in...

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FIREd Up : Wgtn’s Jane Kelsey “The FIRE Economy” Book Launch

Opinion – Jimmy Solen FIREd Up : Wgtn’s Jane Kelsey “The FIRE Economy” Book Launch Event report by Sven Solen FIREd Up : Wgtn’s Jane Kelsey “The FIRE Economy” Book Launch Event report by Sven Solen [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGrBCtOt4Qs?list=PL5IpEpq-r4nx_d9ERIgnEgcCnOkbMv4Zi&w=560&h=315] Scoop.co.nz Video of Jane Kelsey’s Wellington Talk on The FIRE Economy At Jane Kelsey’s talk about her new book The FIRE Economy at a Fabian Society event in Wellington this week, one of the memorable phrases she used, to describe no less an august body that the IMF, was that people there had somehow managed to “start talking truth to their own power”. If only that was a precept more people ‘in power’ worked and lived to. This was just one of the takeaways from a no-nonsense talk about a book that calls out the extremely skewed orthodoxy that sits behind the acronym “FIRE”: Finance, Insurance, Real Estate. In her work in the wider public interest, Jane Kelsey is of course an elemental force herself, from her influential landmark book The New Zealand Experiment (shockingly 20 years old now), to championing Its Our Future – “Kiwi Voices on the TPPA”, and taking on the TPP on Al Jazeera and Seven Sharp. Her’s isn’t a lone voice, and the packed lecture theatre at Victoria University on Wednesday evening demonstrated there is a hunger for both clarity around whether an end (happy or...

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The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning – By Jane Kelsey

Opinion – Professor Jane Kelsey The global economy imploded in 2008 and confirmed a stark reality. Entire nations and billions of people are captives of an unstable and amoral economic system powered by finance , insurance and real estate FIRE. [1] New Zealand included. Click to order a copy from the Publisher The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning By Jane Kelsey Introduction – An Extract The global economy imploded in 2008 and confirmed a stark reality. Entire nations and billions of people are captives of an unstable and amoral economic system powered by finance, insurance and real estate – FIRE. [1] New Zealand included. ‘The FIRE economy’ is a metaphor for the fundamental shift in global capitalism since the 1970s. Finance has replaced industry as the driver of wealth creation in affluent countries – a transformation known as financialisation. Neoliberal ideology, rules and institutions acted first as the midwife and then as the guardian of this new economic order. The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) showed the world’s richest countries, notably the US and the nations of Europe, that the globally integrated economy they had created, and from which they have prospered, could also bring them to their knees. Faith in the neoliberal ‘orthodoxy’ that shaped and sustained them seemed shattered. The fallout was fast and furious, and quickly spread to many other parts of the world. A cursory look...

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14 Q&As for 2014: Labour Leadership Virtual Hustings Meeting

Article – Alastair Thompson Scoop is delighted to have been asked to coordinate the official “Virtual Hustings Meeting” for the 2013, inaugural, Labour Leadership election. We posted 8 questions chosen from nearly 200 questions submitted by eligible voters in the race. 14 Questions for 2014 : Labour Leadership Online Public Meeting Scoop is delighted to have been asked to coordinate the official “Virtual Hustings Meeting” for the 2013, inaugural, Labour Leadership election. We posted 8 questions chosen from nearly 200 questions submitted by eligible voters in the race. By following the links below the general voting public are encouraged to engage directly with the leadership hopefuls in an online discussion at Red Alert, the Labour Party Caucus blog. More>> – Alastair Thompson, Scoop Editor ALSO: • Environment : What are your views on a clean green NZ? • Poverty : How would you ensure no one needs to live in poverty? • TPPA : Will you make the TPPA process transparent? • Equal pay : What would you do about gender pay discrimination? • Peoples : How would bring Maori & Pakeha into a multi-ethnic future? • Justice : What is your view of the New Zealand justice system? • Disability Issues : Would you create a Ministry for Disability? • Voter turnout : How do we motivate more people to vote? • Economy : How can we convince...

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A Global Fair Deal On Copyright, OurFairDeal.org | 500 Words

Article – Alastair Thompson Yesterday I participated in the launch of OurFairDeal.org a new website home for global citizens coalition around the issue of copyright as it pertains to the internet. OurFairDeal.org A New Global Alliance Forms To Fight For A Fair Deal On Copyright Online Yesterday I participated in the launch of OurFairDeal.org a new website home for global citizens coalition around the issue of copyright as it pertains to the internet. The website inherits from the work done by a New Zealand team which put together fairdeal.net.nz/ which is (upon a cursory glance) remarkably similar to the new site. FairDeal.net.nz was launched at the second annual Internet NZ Nethui in 2012, of which the Scoop Media Cartel were proud sponsors. [ NOTE: http://nethui.org.nz/ Nethui 2013 is being held July 8-10th in Wellington and registrations have now opened. ] The orginal “A Fair Deal” campaign brought together Internet NZ with a bunch of other groups including the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, the Creative Freedom Foundation , NZ Rise , Trademe and Kiwiblog‘s David Farrar. OurFairDeal.org takes the NZ based campaigns a giant leap forward bringing together 84 lobby groups from across the Asia Pacific in 6 countries into a global alliance. Together all these organisations are seeking to achieve a fair deal in Global copyright and trade in intellectual property (including branded goods). Since going...

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