Indie • in-depth online news agency to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” with critical and constructive minds on development and environmental policies in Thailand and the Mekong region; to deliver meaningful messages and create the big picture critical to public understanding and decision-making, thus truly being the public’s critical voice
From the beginning, it started from zero; a news agency that we intended to explore the advantages of online and social media to expand the horizon of knowledge and inspiration, and more importantly, of media freedom and independence.
Having been in the media industry for some time and seen how the media are under pressure and changed, the idea of creating a news agency that is independent and in-depth is nothing out of touch for journalists who have such experience.
Why? Because the more they work, the heavier the ceiling against their heads and minds for conveying meaningful messages to inform and inspire people, becomes.
Aside from political pressure, which often shows itself up, the fierce contest and new pressure brought by rapid change in the media landscape has also manifested itself in a fall in revenues and a near-collapse of the industry. The more they are knocked down, the lower the ceiling against journalists is, and the less meaningful messages are conveyed to the people.
To say the least, the media here are struggling hard to survive. Without freedom from such pressures, we would eventually have no journalistic integrity left.
So, the media here need to be free from such pressures. They need to maintain their independence and critical and constructive minds so that they can convey meaningful messages to people again.
This is particularly critical when society is in a transition and needs to be well-informed and inspired. A new model for the media industry is, therefore, desperately needed to offer us a chance. and coming up with an idea to set up a so-called “media social enterprise”, for one, is nothing but a try to keep media freedom and independence intact.
As a social enterprise, such an entity will become more flexible to garner support from various sources. A mix of supports; from project-based collaboration to public patronage and public contribution, could be a new hope that helps support such an enterprise. Without reliance on commercials and other influences, such a media social enterprise could be independent, being fully at its best of being critical and constructive as supposed.
It could then help “bridge the gap”, and “connect the dots”, creating an in-depth and complete picture for people to see and understand the situations so that they can make a better decision for their lives and society.
These are the reasons why we at Bangkok Tribune have been trying to materialise the idea of creating this kind of news agency. From “zero”, some small pocket money, and the help of technology, it has been proved that such a news agency can be set up.
So, we would like to invite you to join us in exploring more of the possibility of creating such an independent and in-depth news agency that can maintain critical and constructive minds with a mission to serve the public and deliver meaningful messages and dialogues to the society.
Your support will definitely be valuable for this beginning time. We thank you in advance for your consideration and hope you will consider joining us in this mission.
Contact us for more details and a full proposal@ [email protected]