The Scoop Foundation currently has four Trustee’s:
Professionally I am a librarian, with a focus on technology to deliver information, and mindfulness meditation teacher. Originally from the UK, more than a quarter of a century ago, I am politically an advocate for the public good – strong and effective public services and an effective and inclusive democracy. It was this that drew me to wanting to support Scoop and its important role in supporting and strengthening NZ democracy. I love Scoop’s awesome metadata schema which makes it a standout amongst media sites for searchability and the way press releases (which give voice to a thousand views often ignored by the commercial media) are curated into an intelligible whole.
I am the Chair of the Trustees and also the oldest trustee. I represent those many supporters who grew up in a world where sharing reliable factual information was a function of the mainstream media. I want to protect that function in the online world.
Dashing through my life, it includes history and law degrees, early marriage, one daughter, three sons, life overseas, Christchurch and Wellington, a cluster of grandchildren, various legal positions over 30 years, culminating in several years in the Law Commission. I saw that last position as the pinnacle because I am passionate about enhancing our hard won freedoms, the rule of law, and democracy – and that requires ongoing, consultative law reform relevant to changing circumstances, along with a Government that respects our heritage.
I see easy access to independent, trustworthy, factual information as a vital part of that heritage. From my husband I also learnt a lot about the parallel need for openly sharing and reviewing scientific information and its public good application. We observed a gradual narrowing and monetizing of research generally, and less ability to access public good information for decision-making.
Our son Alastair was a co-founder of Scoop from 1999 and I became more involved with the company after my husband died unexpectedly in 2008. At the same time the climate for an independent media organisation became harder. The Foundation is not quite a year old; we are few with a long way to go – but we are on the upward path.
Alastair Thompson is the co-founder of Scoop. He is of Scottish and Irish extraction and from Wellington, New Zealand. Alastair has 24 years experience in the media, at the Dominion, National Business Review, North & South magazine, Straight Furrow newspaper and online since 1997. He is the winner of several journalism awards for business and investigative work.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Trustee for the Scoop Foundation email the Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.