Editorial: An investigative legacy

  • Wendy Bacon Pacific Media Centre
  • Chris Nash Monash University
Keywords: Australia, Australian Center for Investigative Journalism, environmental journalism, human rights journalism, investigative journalism, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, peace journalism


In April 2017, a one-day seminar was held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to celebrate more than 25 years of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ). The ACIJ produced, researched and promoted discussion of journalism from 1991 until it was closed by UTS in early 2017. Although no clear explanation was given for the university’s decision, observers generally agreed that the closure reflected the contemporary pressure on independent public interest activities in Australian universities, which are increasingly driven by financial and corporate needs as a consequence of decades of underfunding.


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Author Biography

Chris Nash, Monash University

Former director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), and Professor of Journalism, Monash University, Melbourne


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How to Cite
Bacon, W., & Nash, C. (2017). Editorial: An investigative legacy. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 23(1), 7-13. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v23i1.326