Challenges for campus and community media in Asia-Pacific diversity


Keywords: Australia, Fiji, journalism education, journalism models, New Zealand, Melanesia, talanoa journalism, student journalism, sustainable develoment goals, United Nations


The ‘watchdog’ model has created a journalism culture that is too adversarial and creates conflicts rather than helping to solve today’s problems/conflicts. The panellists assess new journalism paradigms in the Asia-Pacific region where the media is able to make powerful players to account for facilitating the development needs of communities, especially those in the margins of society. A challenge for contemporary journalism schools is to address such models in a global context of ‘development rights’ with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a benchmark. In the Pacific Islands context, journalists face a challenging news reporting terrain on their news beats, especially in the Melanesian countries of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Besides dealing with political instability, coups, civilian unrest and complex developmental issues, journalists must contend with hostile governments and draconian media legislation. The talents, idealism and storytelling skills of Pacific journalists can be cultivated and strengthened to produce independent platforms and models of journalism that challenge the status quo. Examples of this campus strategy include Radio Pasifik, Wansolwara, Pacific Scoop and Asia Pacific Report.


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Author Biography

David Robie, Asia Pacific Media Network, Tāmaki Makaurau

Professor David Robie
Associate Editor (Production), Pacific Journalism Review
Editor, Asia Pacific Report


Robie, D. (2018). Asia Pacific Report: A New Zealand nonprofit journalism model for campus-based social justice media. Ikat: The Indonesian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2(1), 119-146. DOI:


JERAA 2023 - Challenges for campus and community media in Asia-Pacific diversity panel. [Video]. 5-7 December 2023, Jounalism Education and Research Association (JERAA) conference, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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How to Cite
Robie, D., Seneviratne, K., & Singh, S. (2024). Challenges for campus and community media in Asia-Pacific diversity: INTRODUCTION. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 30(1and2), 166-170.