PUBLISHING: Pacific Journalism Review: Twenty years on the front line of regional identity and freedom

  • Lee Duffield Queensland University of Technology
Keywords: academic freedom, academic publishing, environment, environmental journalism, journalism education, Pacific Journalism Review, political journalism, Fiji, Fiji coups, human rights, media freedom, New Zealand, Pacific Way, Papua New Guinea


Pacific Journalism Review has consistently, at a good standard, honoured its 1994 founding goal: to be a credible peer-reviewed journal in the Asia-Pacific region, probing developments in journalism and media, and supporting journalism education. Global, it considers new media and social movements; ‘regional’, it promotes vernacular media, human freedoms and sustainable development. Asking how it developed, the method for this article was to research the archive, noting authors, subject matter, themes. The article concludes that one answer is the journal’s collegiate approach; hundreds of academics, journalists and others, have been invited to contribute. Second has been the dedication of its one principal editor, Professor David Robie, always somehow providing resources—at Port Moresby, Suva, and now Auckland—with a consistent editorial stance. Eclectic, not partisan, it has nevertheless been vigilant over rights, such as monitoring the Fiji coups d’etat. Watching through a media lens, it follows a ‘Pacific way’, handling hard information through understanding and consensus. It has 237 subscriptions indexed to seven databases. Open source, it receives more than 1000 site visits weekly. With ‘clientele’ mostly in Australia, New Zealand and ‘Oceania’, it extends much further afield. From 1994 to 2014, 701 articles and reviews were published, now more than 24 scholarly articles each year.


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Duffield, L. (2015). PUBLISHING: Pacific Journalism Review: Twenty years on the front line of regional identity and freedom. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 21(1), 18-33.