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SA publisher seals news deals with Google and Facebook

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Solstice Media, publisher of InDaily, SALIFE and CityMag, has finalised financial agreements with Google and Facebook as part of their programs to pay established Australian media outlets producing public-interest journalism.

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Both agreements are for three years and form part of a multi-million-dollar investment in Australian journalism by Google and Facebook prompted by the news media bargaining code introduced by the Australian Government.

Solstice is the only South Australian-owned publisher to secure these contract agreements, which will see InDaily content published on new global news platforms established by both tech companies.

Solstice Media managing director Paul Hamra said the finalisation of the deals was a great news story for South Australia on two levels.

“It means Solstice Media has secured international investment from the global tech companies for South Australian media and journalism, which will only go to strengthen our news resources,” he said.

“For our state, it means our local stories will now be published on these new global platforms for an international audience.”

Solstice Media is South Australia’s largest locally owned digital news media company, employing 40 people in SA and more than 80 staff around the country.

Hamra said it was becoming an exciting time for journalism with many new funding sources and institutions choosing to support more media voices and realising the important role of public interest journalism in our democracy.

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