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Catalyst supports Newsroom’s journalism

Catalyst will sponsor Newsroom's technology news section and says it's proud to support Newsroom's journalism

Locally-owned open source software experts Catalyst and Newsroom are delighted to announce that Catalyst will support quality local journalism through a foundation sponsorship of Newsroom’s technology news section for a year from May 1.

“Catalyst is committed to a strong local media landscape and is proud to support Newsroom’s local journalism,” says Catalyst co-founder and director Don Christie.

“Now more than ever, we need quality, local and independent news sources to ensure our communities and Governments are able to make informed decisions,” Christie says.

“Newsroom has demonstrated its ability to publish thoughtful and challenging journalism that shines a light on all aspects of our society, including how we use technology.”

Newsroom Pro Managing Editor Bernard Hickey says Newsroom welcomes the support of Catalyst as a company dedicated to improving New Zealand’s adoption of open source technology.

“Catalyst has been a long-time and prominent player in our local IT landscape and a passionate advocate of what’s best for New Zealand,” Hickey says.

“We know Catalyst is here for the long haul and wants an informed and open debate about how New Zealand rebuilds in the months and years ahead,” he says.

“We welcome Catalyst’s support of our technology news section and look forward to covering in more depth how New Zealand adopts and adapts technology to rebuild in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.”

Newsroom NZ Ltd launched the current version of Newsroom.co.nz as a journalist-led source of investigative and explanatory journalism in March 2017. It has won numerous awards and regularly sets the news agenda, including through its team of five reporters and editors based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Wellington.

Catalyst is a New Zealand owned and operated company where openness, long term relationships, community and diversity are essential characteristics of how we do business. Since 1997, Catalyst has been enabling success with expert open source solutions, and clients all over the world trust us with their mission-critical systems.

"Catalyst's association with the Newsroom brand goes back to the late 1990s. We developed a new site for the organisation in its earliest iteration," says Christie.

"We developed an ad serving engine and even a mobile site (WAP). Our work with and support for NZ media is in our bones and been a longstanding commitment. We were fortunate to work with Newsroom's predecessors at a time when stuff.co.nz was trailing its competition. We were part of the journey that took it to being the multiple award winning number 1 news site in NZ. We also support the likes of the ODT and Maori TV. So, we are delighted to be renewing our association with Newsroom."

Bernard spoke with Don recently about Catalyst and the current issues for New Zealand's IT sector as the nation looks to recover from Covid-19.

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