LINA 01.06.23

LINA

Supporting independent digital journalism
through hyperlocal news.

Hi there!

We are thrilled to have the a cohort of five members (The Westsider, Hyperlocal News, In the Cove, The Fold Media and IndyNR) launching the pilot group of impact trackers alongside LINA to learn how to gather, assess and report our impact in communities in a coordinated way. The project kicked off this week and we look forward to sharing the outcomes with you in the months ahead.

As we near the end of LINA’s first year of operations, our team has taken an opportunity to re-stock and re-set. May has been spent preparing the expansion of support programs and projects for our members in 2023-24. There has been a lot of background work underway, a face-to-face meeting of our Board in Sydney and a chance to lay the groundwork for some exciting announcements coming up in the next couple of months.

Oh, and you might notice this newsletter looks a little different to our previous communications. That’s because we’ve moved over to Newsletter Glue (LINA member discounter just FYI) for our newsletter design. Feel free to reply and let us know what you think!

Member Services

Shop-Talk: Copyright Agency

Thursday 1 June, 1pm AEST

In this session, we’ll hear from Lucinda Gardiner at Copyright Agency about copyright licencing, and how members might benefit from a content licencing revenue stream.

Copyright Agency is a not-for-profit copyright collecting society that collects licence fees for the use of text and images by government, education provider and corporations, and distributes those licence fees to rightsholders. They represent over 40,000 rightsholders from authors, artists, publishers, researchers, journalists, and surveyors.

Policy Corner

Philanthropy Inquiry – Productivity Commission

LINA sent a response to the Treasury’s draft DGR Registers Reform requesting the introduction of public interest journalism to the Charities Act with an aligned DGR category to support donations from individuals and philanthropists to local news services. 

Industry & Opportunities

Women in Media National Conference & Winter Catch Up
The 2023 Women in Media National Conference will be held in Sydney on September 8-9, featuring keynote speaker Ita Buttrose AC OBE and a lineup of experienced media professionals. The conference provides a platform for female media professionals to engage in honest discussions, exchange ideas, and address career-related challenges. Read more.
Women in Media National Conference & Winter Catch Up
The 2023 Women in Media National Conference will be held in Sydney on September 8-9, featuring keynote speaker Ita Buttrose AC OBE and a lineup of experienced media professionals. The conference provides a platform for female media professionals to engage in honest discussions, exchange ideas, and address career-related challenges. Read more.
Walkley Award Categories updated following a major review of Australian journalism
The Walkley Foundation has announced significant changes to the Walkley Award categories, following an extensive review process led by LINA member Simon Crerar. Two new categories have been introduced: ‘Specialist and Beat Reporting’ for journalists covering specific subjects, and ‘Explanatory Journalism’ to recognise reporting of complex subjects using any available medium. Other categories have been updated to reflect changes in the media landscape, including the rise of podcasting and innovative storytelling methods. Read more.
Walkley Award Categories updated following a major review of Australian journalism
The Walkley Foundation has announced significant changes to the Walkley Award categories, following an extensive review process led by LINA member Simon Crerar. Two new categories have been introduced: ‘Specialist and Beat Reporting’ for journalists covering specific subjects, and ‘Explanatory Journalism’ to recognise reporting of complex subjects using any available medium. Other categories have been updated to reflect changes in the media landscape, including the rise of podcasting and innovative storytelling methods. Read more.
Inside Google Search: Publisher edition | May 26 
Join Google for a webinar on the latest updates and best practices of Google Search for publishers presented by John Mueller, search expert and advocate. Read more.
Inside Google Search: Publisher edition | May 26 
Join Google for a webinar on the latest updates and best practices of Google Search for publishers presented by John Mueller, search expert and advocate. Read more.
JournalismAI Discovery offers weekly modules and training on AI for journalists
JournalismAI Discovery is an interactive self-guided course that will help you understand what AI technologies can do to improve your journalism.The course is designed for journalists, editors, product managers, and newsroom people – but everyone in and around journalism is welcome to take the course.There will be no complicated maths or programming involved. JournalismAI Discovery is the perfect first step if you are a complete beginner, and a helpful refresher course if you’re familiar with the principles.Starts on 13 June 2023, delivered weekly to your inbox. Read more.
JournalismAI Discovery offers weekly modules and training on AI for journalists
JournalismAI Discovery is an interactive self-guided course that will help you understand what AI technologies can do to improve your journalism.The course is designed for journalists, editors, product managers, and newsroom people – but everyone in and around journalism is welcome to take the course.There will be no complicated maths or programming involved. JournalismAI Discovery is the perfect first step if you are a complete beginner, and a helpful refresher course if you’re familiar with the principles.Starts on 13 June 2023, delivered weekly to your inbox. Read more.

Tech Stack

How’s your vlogging game? Take a look at some teleprompter options to improve your audiovisual news and keep things streamlined.

Teleprompter for Video – Apps on Google Play
Teleprompter for Video makes it easy to create professional-looking videos on your smartphone.Read prompter, record video, & add captions / subtitles.
Teleprompter for Video – Apps on Google Play
Teleprompter for Video makes it easy to create professional-looking videos on your smartphone.Read prompter, record video, & add captions / subtitles.
10 Best Teleprompter Apps for Mobile Devices (Android, iOS, iPad)
Discover the best teleprompter app for your Android or Apple device. Riverside.fm reviews the 10 best teleprompters and shares tips on how to choose one.
10 Best Teleprompter Apps for Mobile Devices (Android, iOS, iPad)
Discover the best teleprompter app for your Android or Apple device. Riverside.fm reviews the 10 best teleprompters and shares tips on how to choose one.

Food for Thought

The future of newsrooms: Innovation and authenticity
In this episode of the podcast Is that a fact?, guest LaSharah Bunting, CEO of the Online News Association, discusses how digital innovation has allowed newsrooms to create deeperconnections with their audiences… Read more.
The future of newsrooms: Innovation and authenticity
In this episode of the podcast Is that a fact?, guest LaSharah Bunting, CEO of the Online News Association, discusses how digital innovation has allowed newsrooms to create deeperconnections with their audiences… Read more.
How to Win Back Your Inactive Email Subscribers
Reactivation campaigns can be an invaluable tool in your email playbook. Here’s how to create a good one. Read more.
How to Win Back Your Inactive Email Subscribers
Reactivation campaigns can be an invaluable tool in your email playbook. Here’s how to create a good one. Read more.
Why turning newsletters into podcasts and podcasts into newsletters is a great strategy for publishers – The Fix
Three reasons: continue building an existing brand; utilise basic SEO tactics of repackaging and republishing; give more reasons to the audience for content consumption and deepening a relationship Read more.
Why turning newsletters into podcasts and podcasts into newsletters is a great strategy for publishers – The Fix
Three reasons: continue building an existing brand; utilise basic SEO tactics of repackaging and republishing; give more reasons to the audience for content consumption and deepening a relationship Read more.

Member Shoutouts

The Illawarra Flame
Check out The Illawarra Flame’s brand new digital platform and design! Read more.
The Illawarra Flame
Check out The Illawarra Flame’s brand new digital platform and design! Read more.
Murray Bridge News Network launches
Deputy Mayor Andrew Baltensperger has helped managing editor Peri Strathearn officially launch a new channel for sharing local stories in the Murraylands. Read more.
Murray Bridge News Network launches
Deputy Mayor Andrew Baltensperger has helped managing editor Peri Strathearn officially launch a new channel for sharing local stories in the Murraylands. Read more.

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