Newsnet Scotland: Plans for the future



Newsnet Scotland has played a critical role in the independence debate, as one of the first leading alternative media sites and one which has built a significant audience.


The founders should be proud of their work, and many people will remember when theirs was one quiet but insistent voice in the media crowd in Scotland.


This week we take over as editors, and we hope to refresh and build upon that effort, following a referendum campaign that was both exhilarating and exhausting.


The referendum is done. But Scottish politics has changed forever. New opportunities have arisen in the way that politics is reported on and analysed. These have been driven by new and freely-available digital technology, and by a growing dissatisfaction with the so-called “mainstream media”.


In future, Newsnet Scotland will concentrate on news analysis, bringing in new voices (alongside some old ones), and introducing podcasts and video content.


We are not arrogant enough to suggest that we will replace the existing media, but we do intend to complement the news, to find new ways of covering things, and to provide a voice to the ignored.


In the world of the instant sound-bite, we want to provide a deeper and more meaningful experience.


Our popular podcast, Bateman Broadcasting will merge with Newsnet Scotland. Derek’s existing blog will also be available here, as well as new blogs from across Scottish opinion.


We shall retain “citizen journalism”, and build on the contributions of our readers online. We plan to re-design the site in order to present new editorial features. News and opinion will be presented in a distinctive way.


We have already had contact with a range of enthusiastic people – journalists, writers, artists, film-makers, designers, photographers and cartoonists. In time we hope to provide a great site and a riveting read.


All of this will take some time, and we shall also need to raise money. We are currently examining the options, which will include donations and subscription.


We hope that some of that income will go to good causes so that Newsnet Scotland can make a positive contribution to Scottish society.


Meanwhile we wish to thank everyone who has followed Newsnet Scotland and hope that you will stay with us as we plan the future.


Derek Bateman

Maurice Smith