He announced the launch in conjunction with a $5000 internship awarded in conjunction with AUT's Pacific Media Centre, which runs pacific.scoop.co.nz using a team of student journalists. Thompson points to this stream of Pacific Islands-focused news as a reason for funding . Pacific.scoop.co.nz is well read and provides comprehensive coverage of Pacific issues, but it doesn't have a commerciably viable future through advertising or subscriptions.
"In news content markets of the Pacific Island scale, the traditional market assumption that advertising revenue should be able support content production simply doesn't work. And sitting in my seat where I am engaged in commercialising niche content on a daily basis - I cannot see that it ever will," he says in a speech at the official launch of the Scoop Foundation.