The Globe as you know it is changing. Coming June 2019

  • More thought provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists
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To understand more about why you are so important to our member support initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Flight MH370 / A high-tech US vessel makes a bid to reopen the search for missing flight

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: January 4, 2018 | Current Affairs

The research vessel will run on a ‘no find, no fee’ basis if they receive the contract with the Malaysian government to reopen the search for the missing aircraft

Authorities from the governments of Australia, China and Malaysia suspended the search for the plane in January 2017 after conducting an extensive underwater search of a 120,000 square-kilometre area in the Indian Ocean Photo: Fazry Ismail/EPA

The US-based exploration firm Ocean Infinity sent a high-tech vessel on Wednesday leaving from South Africa to move closer to the search area of the missing MH370 aircraft as they await to receive confirmation from the Malaysian government about a possible contract.

MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, most of who were travelling to their native home of China.

Channel News Asia reported there has only ever been three confirmed fragments found of the aircraft after an Australian-led search party scoured a 120,000 square-kilometre region.

The $157m search – which turned up nothing – was suspended last January and has since come to be known as one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

But the Malaysian government begun talks of reopening the search this past October after receiving a potential bid from Ocean Infinity, who offered to operate on a ‘no find, no fee’ basis, Reuters reported.

The exploration firm responsible for renewing the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane says it hopes to finalise a deal with the Malaysian government to begin their search within the southern Indian Ocean, focusing mainly on the ocean floor, in the next coming weeks.

“We are moving the vessel, Seabed Constructor, towards the vicinity of the possible search zone,” a spokesman from the company said to the AFP.

Seabed Constructor was reported by Reuters shipping data to have left Durban, South Africa on Tuesday night and will arrive in their proposed search zone of Perth, Australia by 7 February.

Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister confirmed to Channel News Asia that they were in negotiations with the US firm, saying: “They know we are very serious in taking their offer.”

In an interview with the Australian Broadcast Company, Australia’s deputy prime minister said they weren’t hopeful that the renewed search party would be fruitful.

“We’ve seen parts of the wreckage washing up on beaches in Madagascar and other parts a long way away from the arc in which we would presume to find it in, which might suggest that it broke up,” Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said during his interview with the ABC.

The hunt for flight MH370 was called off by the governments of Malaysia, China and Australia after 1,046 days of nothing turning up and with authorities ending the search with the admission that they were no closer to determining the exact cause of the plane’s mysterious disappearance.

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