LINA Monthly: February 2024

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Hi there,

Well it’s certainly been a busy month here for the LINA staff, as it undoubtedly has for all our member newsrooms. Behind the scenes, Claire and the team have been busy with policy submissions and stakeholder meetings. We also had several new member services launched this month, which we hope you will take full advantage of as they are all really valuable money and time saving resources. Find out all about these below, plus free resources and training opportunities, upcoming awards and grants, and more…

SUMMIT 2024: REGISTER NOW

With last year’s summit such a great success, we are hoping to see lots of new and familiar faces in Port Douglas this April 30 to May 2.

The Summit will blend professional development and networking, with opportunities to engage in hands-on workshops and join the dialogue on policy evolution in the realm of public interest journalism.

LINA is also offering optional pre-conference intensive workshops. Stay tuned for the full program schedule to be announced soon.



HEADS UP!

NEW MEMBER SERVICES

IMPACT TRACKING DASHBOARD AND SUPPORT

LINA is inviting members to participate in free one-on-one workshops to set up your Impact Tracker dashboard. An impact tracker helps collect quantitative and qualitative data that often gets missed, such as positive feedback from a reader, so that you can prove your value within your community. Book in a session with Zahra and she’ll set up your dashboard so you’re all ready to start recording your impact.

REVENUE GROWTH PILOT PROGRAM

Thanks to the newsrooms who have signed up to our Revenue Growth Pilot Program, which will be kicking off in March. We are looking forward to seeing how this mentorship and training helps members to grow their income streams. Sign-up entries are

ON-DEMAND HR SUPPORT

LINA members can now access free on-demand HR support, offered through our partnership with Nurture HR Consulting. This experienced team can provide best practice advice, risk mitigation measures and help interpret Fair Work requirements. Ask for help through the form below.

COMING SOON: SUBSIDISED SUB EDITOR SERVICE…

TRAINING AND RESOURCES

iAPP: PUBLISHING PLATFORM

iApp has come onboard as a LINA summit sponsor, and provides an all-in-one publishing platform that we thought members might be interested in. iApp was designed by local publishers for local publishers, with a focus on highly usable CMS that is optimised across multiple screen sizes and delivers advertising. Here’s a little from them:

“We know you want to focus on editorial standards, audience connection and usability. So we built a platform that does just that – one that connects local news directly to your community. Our platform lets you concentrate on spreading the news while we take care of the tech.

NEW SHOP-TALK: SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM

LINA was joined by Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media, School of Humanities, Kate Roff to explain what solutions journalism is all about. Kate covers the basics of solutions journalism, why it’s critical to reporting, how to implement it in your newsroom, and how solutions journalism can boost revenue.

AI AND JOURNALISM: WALKLEY WEBINAR SERIES

The Walkley Foundation is putting on a free eight-part webinar series on AI and journalism, with the next session in March focusing on investigative journalism. This might be a good opportunity to skill-up on how AI can help your newsroom, and how to mitigate associated risks.

POLICY PRIORITIES

  • Claire and Alan (Board Chair) headed to Canberra earlier this month to meet with ministers, MPs and advisors to discuss our policy intervention suggestions. They reported across the aisle support for the work being done by local and independent publications, so we are optimistic about ongoing government funding to support newsrooms.
  • LINA is preparing a submission to the News Media Assistance Program consultation process, seeking immediate action to support local and independent news publishers. Our response to the consultation paper outlines the value of community-focussed digital news services, and appropriate mechanisms for government support to strengthen media literacy, engagement in news content and community resilience.
  • Claire spoke on behalf of LINA members this week at the Productivity Commission’s philanthropy inquiry public hearing. We want to see public-interest journalism granted eligibility for DGR status so local newsrooms can offer tax-deductions for donations, and the draft report released by the Productivity Commission has included this recommendation… fingers crossed.
  • LINA has submitted a pre-budget funding request to the treasury, including outlining our impact and objectives, and policy support requirements. Our funding request outlines a range of industry-led activities that would strengthen public interest journalism in 2024-25.

AWARDS AND GRANTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES:
  • Entries are opening for awards and opportunities in the Walkley’s Mid-Year Celebrations of Journalism on March 4. Keep an eye on the Walkley’s website for more on this.
  • LINA is still offering micro-grants for public interest journalism stories. Find out more here.

WELCOME TO…

NEW MEMBER
National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)

Welcome to our newest member, NIRS! NIRS provides hourly bulletins every week day to First Nations community radio stations throughout the country, as well as an online news site. NIRS also provides First Nations content including current affairs and specialist shows focused on sports, lore, language and culture. We’re thrilled to be supporting this important organisation with the digital distribution of news from a First Nations perspective.

NEW LINA STAFF MEMBER
Executive Support Officer Clare Hastings

LINA is excited to have Clare Hastings join us this month as Executive Support Officer. Clare has a Bachelor in Journalism and has worked in the communications space for over 20 years. She has worked across a variety of sectors including education, government and professional services. Before joining LINA in February 2024, Clare ran a content marketing business where she helped technology executives build their authority and influence.


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