Te Pūnaha Matatini is a major contributor to the Aotearoa-New Zealand Science Journalism Fund, which recently awarded $20,000 in funding to several New Zealand science journalists to cover stories ranging from genomics to driverless vehicles to climate change.
This first round of funding received 20 applications, with six projects involving journalists from a variety of media outlets across the country being selected.
“Overall, we were extremely impressed with the range and quality of the applications – from established science journalists to relative newcomers, from a range of media and from around the country,” said the fund’s founder Dr Rebecca Priestley.
We’re delighted to announce first round of funding! We had 20 applications and have funded 6 projects https://t.co/ANuD79A5Id 1/8
— NZ Sci Journalism (@scijournofund) August 20, 2017
Controversial technologies to be covered
Within the fund’s category on ‘Controversial technologies: Should we even go there?’ Te Pūnaha Matatini is funding three projects to a total of $10,000, as follows:
- $4,500 to Naomi Arnold (New Zealand Geographic article)
- $4,000 to Simon Morton (RNZ’s This Way Up feature)
- $1,500 to William Ray (RNZ’s Our Changing World series)
All of the projects are expected to be published by the end of 2017, after which they will be available under Creative Commons licence. Science journalists from around New Zealand will then have a second opportunity to apply for funding through the Aotearoa-New Zealand Science Journalism Fund in early 2018.
“Round one showed that journalists want to work on important science-related stories and that there is appetite to fund them doing so,” said Dr Priestley. “We are looking forward to seeing these projects come to fruition and to working on securing funding for round two.”
How to support the Aotearoa-New Zealand Science Journalism Fund
Interested readers and organisations wishing to support the fund can do so by emailing Dr Rebecca Priestley at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Aotearoa-New Zealand Science Journalism Fund Press Patron crowd-funding page.