Two weeks ago, NewScoop YYC founder, Sarah Arthurs met with a group of like-minded journalists. What follows below is a press release provided by Nathalie Deraspe,one of the members of the group, describing the intentions of this network.
A world co-operative network intends to gather press co-operatives from around the world! The day before the closure of the International Summit of Co-operatives 2016, a group of journalists working within co-operatives of press established in Canada, Portugal and France, decided to link their efforts to promote the co-operative values in the world.
Six reporters at the origin of the NewsQoop Press Network decided that the co-operative press movement should be made known to their populations, and intend to clarify the vitality of these companies everywhere in the world. Contents related to the promotion of the values and the co-operative principles of the International Co-operative Alliance (ACI) and with the 17 Objectives for Sustainable Development issued by the United Nations will be highlighted.
The new structure will make it possible to share information, reports and expertise within the press co-ops of each country represented. The journalists of the network hope to provide quality ethical information and will try during the next months to organize as many members within the network in order to create a long-term world journalism co-operative present on each continent. The initiators of the project are looking at a two-year co-ordination period before launching the organization officially, at the time of the International Summit of the Co-operatives 2018.
The journalists who signed the protocol to create NewsQoop: (l. to r.) Carlos Wehdorn, Cooperativa de Solidariedade Social Povo Portuense (Portugal); Fernando Neves Rodrigues Martinho, NewsCoop (Portugal); Sarah Arthurs, NewScoop (Canada); Nathalie Deraspe, Coopérative de journalisme indépendant Ensemble (Canada); and Paulo Jorge Teixera, Cooperativa de Solidariedade Social Povo Portuense (Portugal). Absent from the photograph, but also a signer of the protocol, is Viviane Neiter, freelance journalist (France).
Source: Nathalie Deraspe, president, Coopérative de journalisme indépendant Ensemble
Translation: Linda Cunningham, Lasqueti Press