The Global Mail STAFF STATEMENT
By StaffJanuary 30, 2014
UPDATE 3/2/14: Since this message was posted last Thursday, we've received overwhelming encouragement and support from our readers. Many of you have asked what you can do to help, offering to donate money or pay for a subscription to the site.
The staff at The Global Mail want to say thank you. We're sincerely touched by the reaction, and gratified that you enjoy and value our journalism.
One supporter wrote on our Facebook page, "Something like TGM doesn't belong to the staff and editors, it belongs to the readers."
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. And so we want to assure you that we hear your great ideas. As soon as we know anything for sure, we'll let you know. Watch this space.
Graeme Wood advised the management and staff of The Global Mail on January 29 that he is unable to continue funding the digital-journalism producer after February 20.
However, he also agreed that the staff is free to seek other investors or philanthropists who may wish to see the success of TGM continue and expand.
This allows us to pursue ambitious plans for the future. With the support of key figures in media internationally, The Global Mail team is exploring various models – both philanthropic and commercial.
In TGM’s shift to more project-based journalism in 2013, it published fewer stories but gained audience, averaging 120,000 unique visitors a month; its enews subscriber base has doubled, to more than 17,50018,000 18,600; and TGM has established a substantial and engaged social media following – all without paid marketing or advertising.
We are pursuing editorial and publishing partnerships in Australia and beyond. TGM’s award-winning journalism – longform, photos, video, multimedia and data projects – has also been published well beyond The Global Mail’s own multiple URLs, on the The Daily Beast, Time.com, The Guardian (UK and Australia), CNN and others.
Today we are finalising copy for an ebook authored by a Pulitzer Prize winner. A partnership between TGM and a US publisher, it will be launched soon aimed at the US and global market. It has been accepted onto the prestigious Kindle Singles list.
In the past month TGM has co-published a multimedia and news story with Fairfax; launched SecureDrop, a secure platform for whistleblowers, in concert with the Freedom of the Press Foundation; and published the offshore leaks stories as the first institutional member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Accordingly, the staff and management of TGM are seeking expressions of interest from potential partners.
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