Tuesday, August 16, 2016

[pima.nius] [Pacific_media_watch_list] 9738 REGION: Make better use of 'indy' journalism role, academic tells universities

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REGION: Make better use of 'indy' journalism role, academic tells universities

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Associate Professor Pradip Thomas, co-director of the CCSC, making a presentation
to Professor David Robie. Image: Laura McDowell / CCSC

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Item: 9738

BRISBANE (CCSC/Pacific Media Watch): Universities with strong journalism and communication programmes should step up and produce independent media with the "tremendous resources" of talented students at their disposal, says a media educator.

"We should be playing our role in strengthening the Fourth Estate in the face of a declining global environment for independent journalism," says Professor David Robie.

Dr Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology, gave a seminar organised by the Centre for Communication and Social Change at the University of Queensland. He presented an overview of the challenges of two successful independent media products published out of Auckland – Pacific Scoop and Asia Pacific Report.

He described Pacific Scoop in its six years of existence as one of the best specialist news websites on Pacific affairs, produced in partnership with Scoop Media Limited in Wellington.

But the new website replacing it this year, Asia Pacific Report, had boosted the digital options and some of the recent highlights were: livestreaming of the Philippine presidential elections – one of the biggest audiences the website had experienced; sustained coverage of the Papua New Guinea student unrest for two months climaxing with PNG police opening fire on the students; strong reporting on climate change and sustainability in the region; and comprehensive coverage on West Papua.

"Enterprising Pacific student journalists, citizen journalists and alternative online sources have been key to this independent coverage," he said.

He has also directed several award-winning newspapers in the Pacific, including Uni Tavur and Wansolwara.

Asia Pacific Report is backed up by the Pacific Media Watch research and publication project with TJ Aumua as editor.

Dr Robie, who is on sabbatical, was at Queensland University to meet staff and students of the CCSC. He also travelled to Sydney to visit the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, which runs a programme for journalists and has been recently elevated to a department at Sydney University.

Dr Robie's presentation at Queensland University

Professor David Robie with Associate Professor Pradip Thomas, co-director of the CCSC, centre organiser Laura McDowell,
and some of the other staff and doctoral students who attended the seminar. Image: CCSC

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

[pima.nius] Are You My Sis? PIMA promotes Pacific media women

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#20160815 Monday 15 August 2016

PACIFIC ISLANDS MEDIA ASSOCIATION AOTEAROA

NEWS RELEASE

 

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: headline > Are You My Sis? PIMA promotes Pacific media women

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Pacific media women will be celebrated this Friday night at the Auckland waterfront.

 

The Pacific Islands Media Association is celebrating media women leaders at a special event to encourage more debate, between Maori and Pasifika communities.

 

PIMA says they are looking for input on the Best Pacific Media Personality, and what contributions they bring to Aotearoa.

 

Starting 6pm at the Ponsonby Cruising Club next to the harbour bridge, the event is asking one of the speakers, "Are You My Sis?"

 

That question is to be discussed by Greens MP Marama Davidson.

 

Her talk is a follow up to the 2013 PIMA event with former MP Hone Harawira - Are You My Bro?

 

Other invited speakers are TVNZ Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver and Coconet Wireless founder, Mez Aue.

 

PIMA Chair Will 'Ilolahia says asking Maori - are you my sister or brother? - is a way of creating more unity between Polynesians, across borders.

 

MORE :

 

Will 'Ilolahia

Chair

Pacific Islands Media Association (NZ) Inc. Aotearoa

+64272713964

 

 

BOOKING FOR FRIDAY :

 

Mrs. Judy Bataillard

Deputy Chair / Treasurer

Pacific Islands Media Association (NZ) Inc. Aotearoa

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