16 Jan 2012

NM Is Back On The Road

By New Matilda
Enough with the holidays already! NM is ready to put the pedal to the metal and zoom into the year. Here's what you can expect from us in 2012
We're slowly emerging from the summer slumber and we hope you will join us for another year of top quality journalism at NM.

Summer is when journalists — and the rest of the country — nod off. What that means is a long month of "summer edition" standard reporting across the media. Not much happens, everyone needs a holiday, why not? (While we're at it, we hope you had a good one.)

The cricket season might not be over but it's time to wake up. Indeed, it's an exciting time to be involved in independent media and we're starting the year with a renewed commitment to global reporting and sharp analysis.

Last year we promised you more investigative journalism — and we delivered with some big stories including the first publicly available version of the 2009 contract between Serco and the Department of Immigration.

In 2012 we'll continue to break stories and seek out new angles on current events but we'll also be bringing you on-location coverage from some of the hot spots around the world.

We don't have the budget to send in journalists as soon as a story breaks so we'll be doing it a little differently from the bigger outlets. Instead of fly-in, fly-out disaster reporting we'll be bringing you new stories — original journalism on a budget from international locations that are being overlooked by the other media.

It's good news for many Australians that our economy is in such great shape compared to the rest of the world, but that should never mean that we stop looking beyond our own backyard. 2011 was a big year across the world and the reverberations of the upheavals which occurred will continue to be felt for a long time.

At NM we're not going to batten down the hatches. We've loved bringing you the latest news and analysis from safe and sunny Sydney but this year we plan to shake things up a bit and take our laptops on the road. The great thing about being an online outlet is that we can publish from anywhere there's a reliable internet connection.

And we won't be the only ones out there. The online news media landscape continues to change and new players are entering the scene in Australia and overseas. Both the Australian version of the Huffington Post and the Global Mail are soon set to launch. Meanwhile, the big players are still trying to work out how to make money out of online news, and fostering a culture of critical independent media is still hard work.

Here at NM, we're excited about the year ahead and our unique brand of low cost, high quality journalism. We hope you'll join us for the ride!

Marni and Catri

PS: If becoming a financial supporter of New Matilda was on your list of resolutions for 2012, click here to sign up. 

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rumtytum
Posted Monday, January 16, 2012 - 19:03

rumtytum
What does NM think of the Global Mail? Do we need two "independent" internet outlets? Would it be better for them to merge even if their aims are not identical?

This user is a New Matilda supporter. roscoe_oz
Posted Monday, January 16, 2012 - 19:12

I am glad to welcome you back Marni and Catri, it has been empty without your efforts
Hopefully there will be more subscribers to ease the worries
I tend to agree that any not for profit media outlet should be looked at as a service for the community and therefore allowed as a tax deduction, help break the predominance of the likes of murdoch

fightmumma
Posted Monday, January 16, 2012 - 19:27

Hi everyone, happy new year!

Whilst walking along the beach in the idyllic marine haven of Inverloch, an idea developed. There was absolutely no wind. The inlet was as smooth and shiny as a mirror; perfect weather for contemplating the meanings of life and the universe; perfect conditions for maintaining a tidy hairdo and the sand remaining beneath my feet rather than in my eyes. Being a Piscean I was in my bliss, fresh air, salty, awash in blue, valleys and hills of emerald and jade...utterly peaceful and perfect.

Until I reached the good folk of the local windsurfing club I was completely unaware how bad this weather was! Floating forlornly on their boards, they sat with legs dangling lazily in the opal water. It was not peace they wanted, nor tidy hairdos. The mirror suspending them was their anticlimax, their doldrums. However, like all good creatures, their symbiotic relationship with the sea had taught them acceptance of their host beast; a creature of unpredictability and extremes. So even though their disappointment hung in the air, they smiled, talked quietly, sitting on their boards and playing with the water through their hands like a mother lovingly fondling her child’s hair.

This got me thinking...my kids need haircuts. No that’s not it; it was much more deep and meaningful than that! We don’t always want nor need calm stillness, to have every one of our desires and aspirations fulfilled to the letter, do we? How much do we need calm and predictable comfort? How much does a good ol’ shot of contention, disagreement, friction and evolution of ideas harm us? Like a wind surfer dangling alarmingly three metres from the water, buzzing with adrenaline, a sail alive with sea wind and lungs overbrimming with excitement and rush.

So as we prepare our soapboxes, moral high grounds and sensitivities to be offended; let’s allow our own boats to be rocked a little, let’s indulge in the risk of ideas and opinions challenged, or just chill when we’re secretly craving the adrenaline of conflict. Let’s allow ideas to sit with us awhile longer, perhaps surrender some of our conceptual security in believing we know so much. Then we might learn more. Dive into the deep wide ocean of flux and see what becomes of us.

Anyway - that's sort of my new year resolution - though I'm scared of heights so it probably won't involve wind surfing!!

Cheers

meski
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 15:19

@Peter: Re Global Mail: It says "launching early 2012" - so my take is, it's too soon to tell. IMO, though, you cant have too many independents. Some interesting names up there. I'm guessing most of the cost is payroll, so merging the 2 wouldn't give you a saving. (the hosting isn't much $$)

devuman
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 07:28

Hey, fightmumma, that peice of writing is humourous, succinct and profound all wrapped into one! Have you considered launching a career as a writer? I am serious.

devuman
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 07:30

Oops. "piece", not "peice" - sorry

fightmumma
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 12:42

devuman thank you very much! I love writing and I'm glad you liked my piece. At the moment I'm juggling singleparenthood, work and offcampus uni studies so there isn't much time for writing if it isn't an essay!! I would like to write professionally though - I have a few novels started, but admittedly lack a bit of self confidence and motivation. Cheers :-)

Rx
Posted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 16:31

The two elements missing from Australian news journalism are:

1) Independence. Up until the past few years Australians could rely on the ABC for this. However the once-great Aunty has moved defiantly away from its charter and is now scarcely different from News Limited and FoxNews.

2) Progressive coverage. With the domination of the media landscape by News Limited, the ABC, talkback radio and commercial television, progressive voices in the media are practically non-existent. Australia needs not just individual progressive commentators but media outlets that serve a consistent progressive perspective.

These are the unmet opportunities that New Matilda, the Global Mail and the Australian version of Huffington Post would be wise to fill.