November 20, 2010 – 4:12 pm, by Melissa Sweet
Would your organisation or group like to publish a story about one
person's experience with chronic fatigue syndrome? It won't cost you a
Tara Peck, Project Officer of the Public Interest Journalism
Foundation, explains more.
Tara Peck writes:
As mentioned previously on Croakey, YouCommNews.com , a news
commissioning website established by the Public Interest Journalism
Foundation, has been seeking support for a number of story pitches
since its launch at Melbourne Writers Festival on 3rd September.
This week the website published its first news story fully funded by the public.
In Search of Non-Toxic Housing for Health's Sake details the
experience of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sufferer, Katherine
McIntosh, who battles 'Multiple Chemical Sensitivity' (MCS) as part of
her illness. The story can be found here:
This report is the first installment in a series of ten proposed by
Journalist Toula Mantis, aimed at highlighting the plight of those
suffering from CFS in order to raise awareness of its devastating
effects. The series, 'CFS Sufferers: Living Corpses left for dead',
was pitched on YouCommNews in late August and since then seventeen
individuals have contributed a total of $878.00 for the journalism to
All ten stories will be made freely available for redistribution
through a Creative Commons 3.0 licence (attribution, no derivatives).
This means that unless a registered media organisation chooses to fund
more than 50 percent of a story's cost (in which case they may opt for
first publication rights), content is made freely available for
publication by anyone as long as the work remains unchanged and is
attributed to the journalist.
Community groups, organisations or individuals wishing to republish a
YouCommNews story can contact PIJ Foundation at pijfATswin.edu.au for
YouCommNews' community-funded model provides a platform for
Katherine's story and other important investigations to be brought
into the public domain, allowing journalists and members of the public
to pitch stories which otherwise may not appear in the mainstream