Local media news site

secures public interest journalism funding

The Walkley Foundation, which is managing the Facebook Australian News Fund, a $15 million funding program spread over three years to invest in public-interest journalism, and support small, regional and digital newsroom innovation and economic sustainability, has awarded a grant to a Central Coast digital news site.

L-R: Jackie Pearson with Rob Suesse, bush regeneration manager, Community Environment Network and Sam Willis, CEO of the Community Environment Network their wildplant nursery.

11 March 2022


TRUEPENNY Media (TPMTP Pty Ltd), publisher of The Point ESG News Site, has been chosen by the Walkley Foundation and Facebook as one of 69 projects from across Australia to receive funding from the Public Interest Journalism Fund as part of the Australian News Fund 2021 round.


Truepenny director Jackie Pearson said she was proud that The Point ESG News Site was considered worthy of funding and was looking forward to investigating more of the social and environmental justice issues impacting regional, rural and remote Australia.


“The focus of The Point’s reporting is social justice, environmental justice and good governance,” Pearson said.


“Our singular goal is to deliver truth in the public interest by upholding the public’s right to access information that is free of bias and gathered without influence from political parties, businesses or individuals.


“For decades environmental, social and governance factors have been used to select ethical financial products and investments. The Point ESG News Site aims to view the news through the same lens.


“This funding will enable The Point ESG News Site to investigate the major public interest stories taking place in regional, rural and remote Australian communities.


“We plan to examine their environmental, social and governance implications and empower communities in the process.


“We hope our reporting will help to hold to account the politicians, parties, lobbyists, businesses, developers and influencers who make decisions about where and how public funds are spent.


“It is our journalistic charter to highlight the social and environmental consequences of modern governance – bad and good!”


Pearson said The Point ESG News Site is an independent news source working purely in the public interest to give voice to communities and issues that are under-serviced by mainstream media.


Jackie Pearson has also been a contributor to the Grapevine News Online and the Grapevine Community News (print edition) with her in-depth stories. Jackie will be collaborating with the Grapevine to cross-publish comprehensive news stories that reveal the truth on issues that affect the Central Coast community.

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