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City Standard told really bloody good stories.

Hello, goodbye

City Standard was created by a structured mess of local people who believe in the importance of stories.

Publisher Joshua Fanning, writer + editor Farrin Foster, and creative director Tyrone Ormsby developed City Standard as a new way to bring together communities and their storytellers.

It’s over now, but it was good while it lasted. In the year City Standard operated, its community of 250 people worked together to pitch, develop, and fund 12 bloody good local stories. They are now public.

City Standard was made by —

Aaron Schuppan, Aimee Knight, Alex Gordon-Smith, Alex Szczesniak, Alexis Buxton-Collins, Alison Kershaw, Allan Mawer, Amanda Reinoso, Amanda Wilksch, Amelia Radman, Amy Sincock, Andre Castelluci, Andrea Heading, Andrew Pulford, Ann Fanning, Anna Cosentino, Anna Tree, Annette Foster, Annie Hastwell, Anthony Nocera, Ashleigh McCammon, Barbara Coddington, Bec Sandford, Belle Dunning, Ben Golotta, Ben Hood, Ben Jones, Ben McGee, Ben McPherson, Brenton Foster, Bruce Underwood, Caleb Sweeting, Callum Disario, Camellia Aebischer, Carlo Jensen, Caroline Rowe, Cat Turner, Catherine Hoffman, Che Chorley, Chloe Danvers, Chris Edser, Chris Jones, Christy Spier, Claire Elise, Claire Suckling, Clare Tizard, Corrine Ormsby, Connie De Crea, Craig Arnold, Dale Atkinson, Dan Mendelson, Daniel Moya, Daniels Langeberg, Dave Court, Dave Laslett, Dave Moen, David Burden, David Pyatt, Delia Obst, Dominic Symes, Duncan Fraser, Dylan Fairweather, Dylan Smith, Elena Nees, Emma Fey, Emma Thorn, Eddie WhiteEmmaline Zanelli, Farrin Foster, Felicity Edwards, Felicity Sando, Gaylene Buckland, Georgina Dungey, Gianna Murphy, Glen Fordham, Grace Byass, Graeme Bennett, Grant Nowell, Greg Bond, Harmony Nicholas, Helen Salkeld, Ian Callahan, Igor Popov, Imogen Ramsey, Jack Fenby, Jade Elliott, Jake Thomas, James Hartley, James McIntyre, Jamie Anderson, Jana Hoffmann, Jane Howard, Jane Kristensen, Jared Nicholson, Jarrod Knoblauch, Jarrod Melican, Jelena Vujnovic, Jen St Jack, Jenna Holder, Jessica Clark, Jimmy Barry, Jo Vabolis, Jo-Anne Baruch, Joel Osborne, Joel van der Knaap, John Day, John Fanning, John Irving, John Waters, Johnny von Einem, Jon Pysing, Jonathan Souter, Jonathan van der Knaap, Jordan Jeavons, Jordy Pollock, Josh Dolman, Josh Fanning, Josh Geelen, Joshua Inglis, Joshua Spier, Julian Cebo, Kane Moroney, Kate Dekok, Kate Pardey, Kaye Weeks, Kirby Manning, Kirstie Forbes, Kristen Bridge, Kristin Alford, Kristina Phillipson, Kyle Woodman, Lachlan Aird, Laura Danvers, Laura Tregloan, Lauren Bezzina, Lewis Brideson, Lily Jacobs, Liz Nowell, Lou Heinrich, Louie Quilao, Luis Lafosse, Lyn Guerin, Madeleine Parry, Madison Thomas, Marco Cicchianni, Marg Warnock, Marie Falcinella, Mark Bandick, Mark Kamleh, Martijn Van der Merwe, Matiya Marovich, Matthew Orman, Matthew Peckham, Megan Hender, Melina Scarfo, Michelle Prak, Mike Nicholson, Mike Moore, Miriam Lumb, Morgan Martin-Skerm, Morgan Wright, Nick Crowther, Nick Dawson, Nick Shelton, Nicola Pitt, Nicola Thurston, Noelle Smit, Olga Anikeeva, Owen Lindsay, Paola Niscioli, Patrick Cronin, Paul Kitching, Paula Stevens, Peter Drew, Peter Wyatt, Philippe Naudin, Priya Pavri, Randy Larcombe, Rebecca Bendall, Rebecca Coombs, Rebecca Sandford, Reece Kinnane, Ric Hayman, Rob Dean, Rob Deck, Rob Dekok, Royce Kurmelovs, Roger Salkeld, Rory Kennett-Lister, Rosie Chester, Rowan Edwards, Sally Haselgrove, Sam Talbot, Sam Wilksch, Stavroula Adameitis, Samuel Hurburgh, Sarah Cutbush, Sarah Macdonald, Scott Baskett, Seren Bell, Shane Cheek, Sharmonie Cockayne, Sheshi, Simon Loffler, Steph Daughtry, Stephanie Lyall, Stephen Mitchell, Sue Fleming, Tash McCammon, Thomas Pagliaro, Tom Cosentino, Tom Giles, Torbjorn van Heeswijck, Tracey Whiting, Tristan Kerr, Tyrone Ormsby, Vajravorn Tasukon, Vee Pols, Vicki Evans, Victoria Lewis, Vincent Wong, Wendy Chapman

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  • 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.

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