City Standard

City Standard

City Standard is active media.

We're creating Australia’s first digital newsroom where you stories come to life.

You can also pitch ideas to the community and respond to pitches from Adelaide's best As a you decide which stories are funded and

You get really bloody good stories (that you won’t see anywhere else), and you get to be a part of creating them.

Change the orange words to define City Standard.

A new kind of storytelling.

Local doesn’t mean lousy. We bring the audience and author together to fund the creation of world-class local stories.

The internet is broken (or, Why City Standard).

In the digital age creators (journalists, photographers, filmmakers, artists, designers, blah blah) don’t get paid to make good stories, instead they get paid to make clickbait and advertising.

But, when all our stories become under-cooked or over-blown, the narratives that define us begin to unravel.

We’ve created City Standard because we need bloody good stories that make our community better. And we believe that’s worth paying for.

Sign up to support these bloody great stories.

  • Inside Iraq
    Status: In production
    The community has commissioned Priya Pavri to chronicle three scenes from her time working in Iraq – each of which unfurls an emotional truth about a country constantly defined only by intellectual abstractions.
  • A curious vantage
    Status: In production
    To explore the potential of City Standard, the team are working with Run Wild Productions on a slow-burn documentary examining the blurry lines between the interior and exterior worlds of a public personality.
  • Have you seen home
    Status: In production
    This commission from musician Elena Nees and artist Tyrone Ormsby reflects the line between the exotic and the familiar using the mirror of home.
  • Nosotros
    Status: Published
    The City Standard community funded photographer Tash McCammon to unearth the unsettling foreign feelings that sit just below the translucent surface of familiar moments.
  • The act of knowing
    Status: Published
    Subscribers voted to create this long-form story chronicling the exceptional and unexceptional daily actions through which the First Nations of Australia continue stories that stretch infinitely through time.
  • Rise of the robots
    Status: Published
    A sobering and human account of the forces driving down employment and the possibilities and pitfalls of a world without wages.
  • No news is not good news
    Status: Published
    Fake news is causing global anxiety, but the devastation of the traditional media has resulted in another less obvious, but equally insidious phenomenon: No news. South Australia’s best veteran journalists reveal what the loss of local media means for us all.
  • Two steps forward, two steps back
    Status: Published
    Adelaide’s on-again-off-again relationship with young people has no better symbol than the long-ago destroyed skate park. This long-form laments what is lost when young people have no place in a CBD.
  • Last drinks
    Status: Published
    This commission takes us behind the bar of that dying institution - the great Australian hotel - to see what happens when a cultural icon loses its relevance.
  • Paying for it: In hock to the greatly outdated Australian dream
    Status: Published
    Past the hysterical headlines about Australia’s housing affordability crisis, is a situation where cultural norm compound economic inequalities, effectively turning homes from shelter into profit.
  • Bad education
    Status: Published
    Australian universities are slowly turning into clones of each other – and in a time when we desperately need new thinking to kick-start a new economy, mass-manufactured degrees won’t cut it. City Standard searches for the solution.

From the community.

  • I think most of the motivation behind my support comes from a general feeling that I’m reaching for something that just isn’t there when I want to read a more considered analysis of the news.
    Seren Bell
  • I'm a strong believer that while mainstream media might be struggling, there has rarely been a clearer need for thoughtful investigative journalism. That needs a new business model, and I want to be part of paying for it.
    Ric Hayman
  • In essence, what excites me is being part of an active audience. While the current digital landscape appears to be interactive on a surface level, the reality is most of us consume what we’ve been served up without question.
    Joel van der Knaap
  • An open and transparent editorial process with shareholders is very interesting to me… I think Adelaide can position itself to be a player in changing media models so I’m keen to see where the City Standard goes.
    Sam Talbot

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