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Call for photographs for Reimagining Journalism

Call for photographs for Reimagining Journalism (working title).

In August this year Freerange Press is launching its next big book. This time we are gathering the best writers and thinkers in the country to look at the changing media landscape in New Zealand. Information about the writers and the structure of the book are below. To illuminate and give voice to the writing we want to include around 25 excellent photos.We want these photos to document the different aspects of how journalism is made, how it used to be, and how it is changing.

We want a collection of photos from a diverse range of photographers. This is a call to submit photos. We will pay a small fee for each photo (you need to own the rights or have permission to use the photo). We are thinking about shots of the big newsrooms where the stories are made, the giant printing presses that make the papers, the strange TV rooms and studios where broadcasting takes place, the media huddles around politicians, and the ways these are evolving. We are also open to any new ideas and proposals.

We are on a reasonably tight deadline, so please contact by the end of February if you have any photos, ideas or proposals.

Reimagining Journalism: What is the future of the media landscape in New Zealand? (working title)

A multi-author book that explores the nature of journalism: as it once was, as we imagine it to be and what it might become.

Editorial steering group: Giovanni Tiso (Bat Bean Beam), Russell Brown (Public Address), Rosabel Tan (Pantograph Punch), Sarah Illingworth (Impolitikal), Barnaby Bennett (Freerange Press), Emma Johnson (Freerange Press).

Confirmed contributors: Naomi Arnold, Chris Barton, Jim Tully, Nicola Gaston, Nick Bollinger, Morgan Godfery, Mihingarangi Forbes, Cate Brett, Hannah Sperber, Peter Thompson, Sarah Baker, Nicky Hager, Paula Penfold, Richard Pamatatau and more!

Freerange Press is the small, independent press that published Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch and Christchurch: The Transitional City Pt IV. We are very proud of both of these titles, which have proven successful both sales-wise and with reviews (Graham Beattie called the Transitional Book ‘an inspiring piece of publishing’ while Wil Harvie from The Press calledOnce in a Lifetime ‘the most important earthquake book so far’). Once in a Lifetime was launched in 2014 at the Word Christchurch Writers and Readers and featured contributions from Helen Clark, Kevin McCloud, Sally Blundell, Raf Manji, Rebecca Macfie and a range of others (from publicans to public health specialists).

Reimagining Journalism uses a similar approach to examine a very different topic. As publishers we believe that the mix of what is happening and what might happen in the field of journalism demands writing from a broad range of people and disciplines (from journalists, academics through to users of the media)

Through carefully themed chapters and high-quality writing that engages the public, the book will be an exceptional case study of a radically changing industry: the quantity of media content continues to increase exponentially; new media technologies sit in tension with an aging and diverse population; the impact of social media and of citizen journalists is on the rise. Within this ever-evolving landscape there is a (perhaps misplaced?) nostalgia for the good old days; there are questions over the standards of the profession, the role of journalists and the media's function as a public space. Given the current media climate, we are compelled to consider a reimagining of journalism and the opportunities available to it (and its users).


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