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Public Interest Journalism Fund

NZ On Air is administering the Public Interest Journalism Fund.
The $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund will support New Zealand’s media to continue to produce stories that keep New Zealanders informed and engaged, and support a healthy democracy. The $55 million package will be made up of $10 million in 2020/21, $25 million in 2021/22 and $20 million in 2022/23. 
The Public Interest Journalism Fund will provide transitional support to media organisations as the sector evolves in a way that ensures the longer-term sustainability of New Zealand’s media.
You can find out more about the Public Interest Journalism Fund on NZ On Air’s website. The NZ On Air website includes guidance documents to help applicants understand how the fund will work, what they can apply for, and whether they may be eligible.
Read NZ On Air's 19 April 2023 media release Expectations exceeded as Public Interest Journalism Fund comes to a close which outlines that the fund has completed its final round of general funding but the impacts of the funding will continue until at least 2025 as funded roles and projects continue to deliver content.


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What is the purpose of the Journalism Fund?
The Journalism Fund will preserve and enhance public interest journalism that will otherwise be at risk or lost due to the impact of COVID-19 on newsrooms. It will support the production of journalistic content that is critical to an open, progressive democracy, and to protect jobs at a local, regional and national level. 
What is the definition of public interest journalism?
For this fund, public interest journalism is defined as ‘journalism that contributes to a person’s ability to function as a valued and informed member of the communities in which they live and/or work’.
Why is the $55 million being phased over three years?
The $55m fund is split across three years: $10m for the remainder of 2020/21, $25m in 2021/22 and $20m in 2022/23. 
The fund is designed to provide for a period of transition between the short-term Covid relief provided to the media sector and the longer-term work to support the sustainability of the sector that is underway. The funding will support vital public interest journalism while the sector adapts and evolves.
How will media apply to the fund?
Please check the NZ On Air website for further details, including eligibility criteria and information on upcoming funding rounds.
What types of media organisations will be eligible for support from this fund?
Please check the NZ On Air website for eligibility criteria.
What will the funding cover in relation to public interest journalism content? Ie, is it money for a news outlet to distribute, is it pinned to a journalistic project, or is it attached to the employment of particular journalists?
NZ On Air has announced that it will create three funding streams to address at risk public interest journalism, following sector consultation. Please check the NZ On Air website for further details.
Why is NZ On Air administering the fund? 
NZ On Air has significant experience in funding applications assessment and distribution of funds to a broad array of NZ media and content makers. They have the capability to implement an effective system for allocating funding for journalism.

Updated on 19th April 2023