The Ferret: Nosing Up The Trousers Of Power

A group of freelance journalists based in Scotland realised that there was both need and demand for a new model of independent investigative journalism: The Ferret was born.

Using collaboration, working with readers and publishing source documents, The Ferret is blazing a trail for public interest journalism with public input. Rachel Hamada and Peter Geoghegan explain how The Ferret has evolved into a worker- and reader-owned cooperative, how it is exploring different methods of funding, including crowdfunding and subscriptions, learn from its successes and its challenges and discover what its goals are for the future.