WHAT INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM & THE HOOPLA MEAN TO ME

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You’ve heard from us, now hear from them. Three of our top writers share how your contribution to the future success of The Hoopla will help keep independent journalism alive in Australia.

 

We take great pride in paying our writers, and we want to pay more of them.

 

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What does The Hoopla mean to me?

I love writing for The Hoopla. I love the community that has built up around the site and I enjoy reading the comments attached to not only my articles, but those of the other contributors. It makes me feel proud to know that I write for a site whose readership is so engaged, thoughtful and intelligent. That is a rare thing on the internet!

Why is it important to support independent journalism?

The worth of independent, online journalism really struck home for me after the Prime Minister’s ‘misogyny’ speech. Nearly every print journalist ran the same line: that Gillard was wrong, weak, shrill or simply stupid. The online world (where everyday people go to express their opinions, along with independent journalists) were rightly shocked and annoyed at this one-sided, uniform view. It showed an enormous divide between those who write for publications with a political agenda (often not expressly divulged) and those who write for themselves.

The Hoopla celebrates and encourages differing opinions and varied voices. You may not agree with everything that is written here (and that’s a good thing!) but at least you know it was written without an overbearing editor demanding a certain line should be toed.

What difference does public support & recognition make to me, my colleagues and the wider industry?

The beauty of an online publication is the direct contact we all have with each other. The readers and the writers have an open line of communication. That kind of dialogue is precious and helps to ensure that our news remains honest. It heartens me to know that there are so many people out there who feel the same way. Too often we hear that the public is stupid or easily lead. Rubbish. Sites like The Hoopla prove that isn’t the case.

It’s inspiring to know that I write for an audience that is discerning, well informed and passionate about so many issues.

 

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What does The Hoopla mean to me?

The Hoopla is a warm and embracing site, speaking to women (and some men) about issues which are important to them. I think it’s really important to build communities of people and The Hoopla is incredibly successful at doing this. It is also important to bring that community a real mix of news and life, and triumphs and challenges written with passion and conviction. I love that The Hoopla’s regular columnists speak from the heart.

Why is it important to support independent journalism?

Independent journalism is a rare beast. As faith in the mainstream media continues on its slippery slope, we need sites like The Hoopla where no media mogul dares to tread, let alone influence. We need sites like The Hoopla where people know what they are getting is unsullied by “agenda setting”.

In my perfect world, sites like The Hoopla would have the total support of their readership – not only in principle but with financial support so that we all have a vested interest in ensuring what we read is the truth.

What difference does public support & recognition make to me, my colleagues and the wider industry?

Knowing that The Hoopla is supported by its readership means that what I write for the site means something. It means people trust what I have to say, even if they may at times disagree with me. It means they value what I do, even if at times I make them angry. And it means that they value independent journalism. This is a cherished place to be in a world where journalism is in crisis and where more and more of what you read and watch is generated by PR machines.

 

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What does The Hoopla mean to me?

I love working for The Hoopla. It is a joy to write for such intelligent, feisty, kind, and supportive readers. It feels like I’m sitting around a table with a group of friends, solving the problems of the world! (With a glass of wine in hand, of course.)

Why is it important to support independent journalism?

The mass media communicates mainstream views which are, predominantly, white, middle-aged, male and Anglo-Saxon. They will not criticise the billionaires who own them. Through independent journalism, you get the full picture – warts ‘n’ all. It has never been more important than now. Furthermore, independent sites like The Hoopla really listen to their readers.

What difference does public support & recognition make to me, my colleagues and the wider industry?

Like many writers I have, on the odd occasion, worked for free. Philosophically, I believe all writers should be paid. Public support and recognition means we work even harder to represent and reflect your views.

 

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