What a wild start to 2024 for many parts of the country. Cyclones and storms have caused significant flooding down the east coast, while the west coast battles fires and a little earthquake rocked SA in the middle. While we hope you have started the year safely after a relaxing break, we want to acknowledge the LINA members who have been covering these significant events right through the holiday period – not just as emergencies unfolded, but also in the aftermath, sharing essential information about travel, clean-up, services and supports to bring communities together. We’ve highlighted just a couple of examples below.
Meanwhile, the LINA team has wasted no time kicking off the new year with the launch of our micro-grants program, new services for members and the opening of registrations for our upcoming Summit event. Read on for details…
MICRO-GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE
LINA Members can now apply for grants up to $2,000 to support journalism that is investigative, solutions-oriented, features court reporting and/or focuses on the machinery of government often requires a higher level of resourcing than other forms of journalism, including a larger investment of time for researching and verification. This grant opportunity helps newsrooms pursue specific stories that are unlikely to be covered in other media.
GOOGLE FUNDAMENTALS LAB
The Google News Initiative has tailored their Fundamentals Lab program for LINA members, with the next cohort due to start the program on 30th January. This is the last call for participants with applications closing on Friday 19th Jan. Read more and apply here.
AWARD NOMINATION SUPPORT
LINA members produce some exceptional journalism, generating national and sometimes global attention to local events and issues with reporting informed by local connections. We want to see that work recognised and celebrated, but often small teams are too humble or just too busy to nominate themselves. So LINA has created an award calendar and support service to help feature stories be considered for relevant awards. For more information, contact our Member Engagement Coordinator, Emma Marshall.
LINA is representing the priorities of hyperlocal news publishers across a range of policy discussions right now, including preparing a submission to the News Media Assistance Program (News MAP) consultation process and responding to the Productivity Commission’s Future Foundations for Giving draft report. Conversations with members are underway to ensure we’re covering a broad range of views across the local and digital news sector.
At the end of 2023 we farewelled two members of the LINA team: Claire Albrecht has taken her Operations Management skills over to Red Room Poetry and Julia Mendelawitz is reducing her role with LINA to special projects this year.
As such, we are welcoming two new faces to the LINA team, both of whom bring a background in journalism and a flair for writing.
WORK WITH US
LINA is also looking for a fundraising specialist to undertake a short-term (4-5 month) contract over the coming months. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in working with us on a collective fundraising project starting in February, email Claire for the position description.
Meanwhile, Yanchep News Online has been comprehensively covering the bushfire crisis in WA, providing details of evacuation processes, community meetings, air quality alerts and more on their website and social media feeds. Timely, accurate and essential – well done.
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