Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Public Interest Journalism Foundation - the latest news from Melissa Sweet

A missive this morning from Melissa Sweet
probably best known as the writer of Croakey.

Dear friends of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation

First, apologies that we have not been in touch for some time. We have been in a transition period, setting up as an independent organisation, and can be found care of the Centre for Advanced Journalism at Melbourne University.

We have plenty of news to report:

• Please see our attached letter to Senator Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, calling for tax deductibility for not-for-profit media organisations in the wake of ongoing media upheaval. Please feel free to circulate the attached media statement to your networks.

• Please put Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25, in your diaries for the New News conference in Melbourne. It is being held by the Centre for Advanced Journalism, in partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, and supported by the Melbourne Press Club and Copyright Agency Limited. The program is due for release in a few weeks time, and will include many stimulating and timely sessions, particularly in the wake of developments at Fairfax and News Ltd. A preview of one of the sessions is here:
• A report on some of the discussions at a recent Meet Up in Canberra discussing the future of public interest journalism.
• We are regularly sharing news from around the world on innovation and developments in journalism and the media via Twitter. Follow us at: @PIJF_au

Finally, a quick request.

One of our members, Associate Professor Margaret Simons, has moved to a new role as director of Centre for Advanced Journalism. Margaret is inviting PIJ supporters to also join the CAJ mailing list. This would enable you to receive newsletters about CAJ events and news (some examples are here:

If you do NOT wish to join the CAJ mailing list, please let me know by July 17.  If I haven’t heard from you by this date, I will forward your details to the CAJ database.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve ideas for events or for engaging with the Public Interest Journalism Foundation. We plan to hold another Meet Up, with a focus on data journalism, in Sydney later in the year.

Melissa Sweet, on behalf of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation

Melissa Sweet
Freelance journalist and health writer
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Sydney School of Public Health
University of Sydney

Ph      02 484 10601
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