Wednesday, February 21, 2024



E-petition to support public interest journalism providers

Some news providers around Australia, including Yanchep News Online, are asking readers who want to support public interest journalism to sign an e-petition, which will be presented to the House of Representatives. The news providers have organised the e-petition because under the News Media Bargaining Code while Google and Facebook have struck deals with a small number of media outlets they have not negotiated with the majority of Australian news providers – including a range of outlets that meet the criteria set out in the code.

Surprise win for Wild Honey

Jasmine Phillips didn’t have a speech prepared. “I didn’t expect to be named as a winner,” Jasmine said. Four years ago, Jasmine started her design business Wild Honey Creative and this week won a Northern Rivers business award ... “We’re the smallest organisation and it was nice for a small studio in our little town to win.”

Taste test: Fake bacon taste ‘like an egg carton’ The Project film in Beef Capital

What better place to taste test fake meat than in the Beef Capital of Casino? Dale Paget and Pete Rogers were filming a segment for Channel 10’s The Project to be screened on television. “We wanted to see what people on the front line of the meat industry thought,” Dale said.

Paper put on pandemic pause

Bob Mills. Within two weeks of the launch of the Richmond River Independent it was clear this was something our region needed. The community welcomed it ... By early this year, after a lot of effort and backing from the community, our future was looking good ... Then came lockdown and it knocked the stuffing out of businesses across the region. That pushed the Independent into losses we can't sustain.

I had a dream. It changed. And now I have a new dream

My dream came true. There are not many times you get to say that in a lifetime. My dream was to edit an independent newspaper free from the shackles of a corporation. To write news stories that I thought mattered rather than stories that would ‘sell’.

Community radio milestone

Sheryl Lowe. Community Radio Station 5THE FM celebrated 28 years of local broadcasting in July this year. Although based in Millicent, it is licensed to broadcast across a large part of the South East. Numerous national and state awards collected since the first broadcast in 1983, is evidence there is an appetite for community-based independent media.

Business investing into business – The Koondrook and Barham Bridge Newspaper – Lloyd Polkinghorne

Ali Bohn. Tired of sitting in a mission brown office of cold, exposed brick, an axe-wielding statue that comes to life at night and partially chewed carpet (due to the castors on the swivel chairs, we didn’t have a plague of rats living in the office), The Koondrook and Barham Bridge Newspaper’s Lloyd Polkinghorne made the brave decision to do a full renovation of the office a couple of months ago.

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