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Where are all the bloody good stories?

Local shouldn’t mean lousy

Fake news is causing global anxiety, but the devastation of the traditional media has resulted in another equally insidious phenomenon: No news. While there’s more “content” available than ever before, in a click-driven era there’s no capacity to tell the local stories that really matter.

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We’re setting a new standard for media by changing how stories are made. City Standard introduces Australia’s first interactive newsroom – a collaborative and transparent space where contributors like you are involved in pitching, developing, and commissioning the stories that are important to your community.

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City Standard brings audience and author together to form a new movement, one which harnesses the potential of digital connectivity to create a sustainable model for local, progressive, high-quality storytelling. Together, let’s fix the media – one bloody good story at a time.

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Be part of the process. Contributors are welcomed to our interactive newsroom where there are weekly updates on stories in production, shared insights, and discussions about the next story we’re going to make together.

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Don’t be a wallflower. As a contributor, you get a voice and a vote – use your say to pitch ideas, shape stories, and decide what City Standard should commission next. You can contribute as much or as little as you want, but the more we collaborate the stronger we become.

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Local will always be relevant, and with you as part of the interactive newsroom we’ll always be telling the stories that really matter to our community, while City Standard’s experienced editorial team ensures each story is world-class.

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  • The Democracy Project
    This project needs you
    In Australia, we have more information on the performance of our footy players than we have on the performance of our politicians. The Democracy Project wants to change that so you can make informed decisions about SA’s future. The idea is simple, it’s just never been done before.
  • A cynic’s guide to the change in government with Gael the galah
    Status: Published
    When The Liberal Party grasped power in South Australia, pundits heralded the change in Government as a new world order. But in SA, even as letterheads change, public servants duck for cover, and new Ministers wield their authority, some things will always stay the same.
  • No news is not good news
    Status: Published
    In this City Standard investigation, South Australia’s best veteran journalists reveal what the loss of local media means for us all.
  • 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: Published
    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.
  • The original failure
    Status: Published
    I don’t remember much from before I was about 14 – glimpses here and there, but rarely whole scenes. One thing I remember with alarming clarity is my original failure, the one which created a soft pocket within me that will never harden or heal.
  • Have you seen home
    Status: Published
    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.
  • 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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