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  • PJR cover 15(1)May 2009 Diversity, identity and the media
    Vol. 15 No. 1 (2009)

    © Malcolm Evans, 2009
    Editor: David Robie

    PJR targets Fiji censorship, cross-cultural reporting
    Censorship and the assault on human rights and freedom of expression in Fiji are featured in Pacific Journalism Review. The AUT Pacific Media Centre-based publication publishes this week a special article by an "insider" on the military regime's political and social "reforms". The 246-page edition, themed around "Diversity, identity and the media" issues, analyses the junta that dealt an unprecedented "mortal blow" to press freedom in the South Pacific's most crucial country for regional cooperation. The insider article, "Fragments from a Fiji coup diary", concludes that the New Zealand government needs to have "secret contacts" with the Suva regime to help investigate corruption and to help restore the country on the road towards democracy.

  • PJR cover 14(2) October 2008 The public right to know: Reporting futures
    Vol. 14 No. 2 (2008)

    Photo: © Sean Hobbs: Freelancer John Martinkus on assignment for SBS Dateline in Kunar province, Afghanistan, in 2005.

    Editors: Chris Nash, Tony Maniaty, Jan McClelland and David Robie

    PJR features political blogging, TV war reporting
    Political blogging and digital technology’s impact on television war reporting are featured in the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review launched in Sydney at the weekend with a collection of Public Right to Know media research papers. Launched by former Australian Centre for Independent Journalism director Chris Nash at the PR2K conference, the edition features several articles analysing the run-up to last year’s Australian federal election that swept Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party into power in Canberra while Helen Clark’s Labour-led government in New Zealand is struggling for survival with an election due on November 8.

    A joint edition produced by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (UTS) and AUT University's Pacific Media Centre.

  • PJR cover 14(1) April 2008 The future of mainstream media
    Vol. 14 No. 1 (2008)

    Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans
    Editors: Grant Hannis and David Robie

    1. Commentary: The news media – the Prime Minister’s view Helen Clark 
    2.  Commentary: The smartest guys in the room – covering the Enron saga Bethany McLean
    3. Commentary: The power of print remains undiminished Tim Pankhurst
    4. Testing times: Kiwi journalists and the military Denise Mackay and Margie Comrie

  • PJR cover 13(2) September 2007 Media and digital democracy
    Vol. 13 No. 2 (2007)

    Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans
    Editors: Charu Uppal, Shailendra Singh, Patrick Craddock and David Robie

    Military blamed over rash of post-coup political blogs
    A senior Fiji journalist believes the military is partly responsible for the number of political blogs that have expanded the media landscape in Fiji since the fourth coup in December last year. Sophie Foster, a former deputy editor of The Fiji Times, says blogs flourished because of the restrictions the military had placed on dissenting opinion in the mainstream media and across the nation in general. A postgraduate student in Pacific media studies at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Foster said that while some blog content was racist, defamatory, provocative and irresponsible, the argument for a free, responsible press was also strengthened as an option worth maintaining in any society. Her article, entitled, “Who let the blogs out? Media and free speech in post-coup Fiji”, is published in the latest Pacific Journalism Review

    The edition has been jointly produced by the University of the South Pacific journalism programme and AUT University's Pacific Media Centre.

  • PJR cover 13(1) April 2007 Journalism Downunder: Census 2006 and the NZ journalist
    Vol. 13 No. 1 (2007)

    Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans
    Editors: Ian Richards and David Robie

    Journalists want changes to training and pay, NZ research shows
    A survey of more than 500 New Zealand journalists has revealed marked unhappiness about levels of pay, resourcing and training. The “Big Journalism 2007” survey found that, while many individual journalists are very satisfied with aspects of their jobs, overall most want improvements in (respectively) pay, support, mentoring and staffing levels. They want more opportunity for discussion and input into ethical and professional issues such as sensationalism, more guidance on how to cope with commercial and advertising pressures, and more time and resources to pursue investigations. The survey, titled "Under-paid, under-trained, under-resourced, unsure about the future - but still idealistic", published in the latest Pacific Journalism Review, is the first to ask NZ journalists what they think about a variety of topics such as quality of news coverage and their ethics and standards. The survey was conducted jointly by Massey University lecturers James Hollings, Alan Samson and Dr Elspeth Tilley, and Waikato University Associate Professor Geoff Lealand. It builds on Dr Lealand's previous surveys of NZ journalists.

  • PJR cover 12(2) September 2006 Eco-journalism and security
    Vol. 12 No. 2 (2006)

    Photo: © Ben Bohane
    Editor: David Robie

    Anti-terror laws threaten media freedom
    Australia’s tough anti-terror laws have impacted strongly on the media and contrasted with more relaxed policies in New Zealand and the Pacific, says a report in the latest Pacific Journalism Review. A survey of the status of anti-terrorism legislation and the media in the region has revealed marked differences in the impact on news organisations in Australia, NZ and the Pacific. “Australia has clearly taken a strong anti-terrorism position, reflecting its partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom in the so-called ‘coalition of the willing’ invasion of Iraq,” write Bond University media law Professor Mark Pearson and researcher Naomi Busst. The authors also cite the terrorist bombings in the tourist hub of Bali in 2002 and 2005 as major factors in the tough Australian laws. Australia’s “spate of legislation since 2001 has made it a model jurisdiction for the tightening of the powers of enforcement and security agencies in the battle against terrorism, but in the process it has drawn strong criticism from civil rights groups and media organisations for compromising the basic freedoms of its citizens and the press”.

    Ben Bohane's photo gallery

  • PJR cover 12(1) April 2006 Contemporary gender issues
    Vol. 12 No. 1 (2006)

    Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans
    Editors: Janet Bedggood and Allison Oosterman

    This "Contemporary gender issues" edition of Pacific Journalism Review features many leading journalists and researchers. This was the first of two editions distributed this year as part of  Journalism Education of Association of New Zealand (JEANZ) membership. The edition was jointly edited by Dr Janet Bedggood and Allison Oosterman. Editorial extract: "Sex is a fundamental division in all societies; all human behaviour has a biological base. The differences between men and women often involve inequalities, and this stratification is frequently seen as due to innate characteristics present in all societies. But what we do with our biological capacities is mainly a matter of learning. Anthropologists tell us that people learn their gender roles; knowing how to be a woman or a man in any society, is culturally learned. Historically, the diversity of traditional gender roles across the Pacific reveals many forms of gender difference. Women’s status varied in the region. The complexity of cultural behaviour and belief systems, the variability in the gender divisions of labour and sociopolitical systems show there were a range of determinants of female and male activities. Men and women were treated differently and behaved differently."

  • PJR cover 11(2) September 2005 Media ethics and accountability
    Vol. 11 No. 2 (2005)

    Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans
    Editors: David RobieJean-Claude Bertrand

    Press councils and M*A*S in the Pacific
    The September 2005 edition of Pacific Journalism Review, published in New Zealand, is devoted to media ethics and accountability systems (M*A*S). One article, by Shailendra Singh, considers "six South Pacific island countries that have have adopted, or are in the process of adopting, self-regulatory M*A*S mechanisms following government pressure: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. M*A*S have been slow to take root in Oceania. Apart from Papua New Guinea, Fiji is the trend-setter in the region. Following the establishment of the Fiji Media Council in the mid-1990s, several other South Pacific island countries were keen to the follow the lead. Tonga now has a similar body with a code of ethics and which includes public members empowered to receive and adjudicate on complaints against the media. In Samoa, a study has been carried out in order to establish a media council-type body. The Solomon Islands Media Council has close ties with the PNG Media Council.

    Full details of the Pacific M*A*S systems are in PJR, Vol 11(2), September 2005.

  • PJR cover 11(1) April 2005 Media and the Indigenous public sphere
    Vol. 11 No. 1 (2005)

    Caricature: The Queensland Figaro, 1887. Image courtesy of Ross Woodrow, Racial Image Archive, The University of Newcastle, Australia

    One of the major conclusions of the John Hartley and Alan McKee study is that, in the Australian media, indigenous people are central to a drama about Australian national identity. Stars rather than victims, indigenous people are caught up in a media narrative over which ‘they have little individual control, but which is nevertheless telling their story’ (p. 7).

  • PJR cover 10(2) September 2004 Media ownership and democracy
    Vol. 10 No. 2 (2004)

    Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans
    Editor: Wayne Hope
    Editorial: Corporate media news , Wayne Hope Commentaries:

    • 1. Media ownership policies: pressure for change and implications -  Steven Barnett
    • 2. Welcome to Havana, Mr Corleone: issues of media ownership and control – Robert W. McChesney
  • PJR cover 10(1) April 2004 The public right to know
    Vol. 10 No. 1 (2004)

    Cartoon: Peter Sheehan, The Walkley Magazine 2004.
    Editor: David Robie

    Special PR2K edition with ACIJ, Sydney
    This special edition of Pacific Journalism Review published a selection of the papers presented at the Public Right to Know (PR2K) Conference in Sydney in October 2003. The annual PR2K conferences are a project of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) at the University of Technology, Sydney. The 2003 conference was the third in the series.

  • PJR cover 9 September 2003 Iraq and the media war
    Vol. 9 No. 1 (2003)

    Editor: David Robie

    As many readers will know, Pacific Journalism Review was published for nine years in the Pacific – initially at the University of Papua New Guinea from November 1994, and then most recently at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. This issue marks the relocation of the journal from Suva to the School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology. The issue following this one, with the theme of ‘Media ownership and democracy’, will mark a decade of publication. Throughout this time the journal has been at the forefront of critical reflections on the role of the media and journalism practices in the Pacific region; a role it will continue to serve in its new location.

    Inaugural edition published at Auckland University of University.

  • PJR cover 8 June 2002 Foreign ownership: How NZ media is dominated
    Vol. 8 No. 1 (2002)

    Editor: David Robie

    Articles include: THE SPEIGHT CRISIS: COUP EDITORIAL CONTENT: Analysis of the Fiji 2000 political crisis, by Lynda Duncan. Both The Fiji Times and the Daily Post reinforced the colonial myth that Fijian chiefs are the rightful rulers of Fiji, emphasising that Fiji, and this presumably means Fijians, was not ready for a multiracial constitution. 

    This edition is the fourth published at the University of the South Pacific. 

  • PJR cover 7 September 2001 Crisis and coverage
    Vol. 7 No. 1 (2001)

    Editor: David Robie

    Cover: PARADISE EXPOSED: Is the region's Fourth Estate up to it?  By Mary-Louise O'Callaghan
    Should the local press bear some of the responsibility for the political turmoil that has engulfed the South Pacific, asks this article in the first of a series of regional perspectives on crises and how the news media have handled them. Great news is rarely good news for the countries involved. Pages 10-19.

    This edition is the third published at the University of the South Pacific.

  • PJR v6 January 2000 Blood on the Cross: East Timor and West Papua
    Vol. 6 No. 1 (1999)

    Editor: David Robie

    Cover: BLOOD ON THE CROSS  By Mark Davis.
    An ABC Four Corners team investigates allegations about the role of the International Red Cross and the British military in a massacre in the Southern Highlands of Irian Jaya during May 1996. The text of the controversial programme which won Davis a 1999 Walkley Award.  

    This edition is the second published at the University of the South Pacific.

  • PJR v5(March 1999) Daily Post buy-out deal
    Vol. 5 No. 1 (1999)

    Editor: David Robie

    This edition was printed in Suva and has been assisted with funding by UNESCO. It is being published in association with the Regional Journalism Programme and Pacific Writing Forum, University of the South Pacific.  

    Published at the University of the South Pacific.

  • PJR cover v4 November 1997 Media and mercenaries
    Vol. 4 No. 1 (1997)

    How Pacific Islands Monthly's James Ranuku portrayed the PNG Sandline players.
    Editor: David Robie

    Papua New Guinea's Chief Ombudsman Simon Pentanu says the South Pacific is a haven for probing journalism. Speaking at the launching of the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review and several other books, he noted that PJR focused on the Sandline affair with the theme "media and the mercenaries" and other regional press freedom issues, and was being published on the day after the second Sandline inquiry went into recess to prepare its report. "Sandline proved inconclusively that in PNG truth is stranger than fiction," Pentanu said. "How could such a stupid, costly decision - such as engaging Sandline - be made?" He added: "We are all convalescing from Sandline." The Chief Ombudsman also spoke in support of the University of PNG's School of Journalism, which has been at the centre of a week-long controversy about its future and shortage of staff. Paying tribute to coordinator David Robie, who is leaving to join the University of the South Pacific, Pentanu said: "The School of Journalism has, in a relatively short time, generated its own vibrancy and its own energy. It gives a positive image of the university as a place of ideas and intelligent and considered thought. It has produced the goods not only in terms of its graduates, but also in 'hard copy' such as Pacific Journalism Review and the award-winning Uni Tavur newspaper." - Post-Courier, 16 March 1998

    This edition was assisted with funding by the University of Papua New Guinea Research and Publications Committee and the Dutch-based Communication Assistance Foundation (CAF).  Published by the University of Papua New Guinea.

  • PJR cover v3n2(Nov1996) News media under fire
    Vol. 3 No. 2 (1996)

    Editor: David Robie

    Media commentators see the jailings of two Taimi 'o Tonga journalists and an MP whistleblower in Tonga as the most serious threat to media freedom in the South Pacific since the Fiji coups in 1987. But Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka sees the harsh move as a lesson for journalists. Other critics regard the issue as one of a need for greater professionalism. Featured in this edition are the three winners in the inaugural Pacific Investigative Journalism Award and the judges' comments.

    This edition of Pacific Journalism Review was assisted with funding by the Communication Assistance Foundation (CAF) of The Netherlands.

     Published by the University of Papua New Guinea

  • PJR cover v3(June1996) Ting Ting Bilong Mi
    Vol. 3 No. 1 (1996)

    Cartoonist: Campion Ohasio      Editor: David Robie

    Campion Ohasio is a Solomon islands cartoonist and journalist. Without any art lessons in his homeland - or anywhere - he honed his trenchant cartooning skills for three years on Uni Tavur, the award-winning newspaper produced by journalism students at the University of Papua New Guinea. This volume is a collection of his cartoons. This was the first special book edition of PJR.

    Published by the University of Papua New Guinea.

  • PJR cover v2(Nov1995) PNG 'Under The Spell'
    Vol. 2 No. 1 (1995)

    The National's special report on two decades of Papua New Guinean independence, 1995.
    Editor: David Robie  

    Pacific Journalism Review was launched in 1994 at the University of Papua New Guinea. It was a modest effort to get the first regional magazine dealing with Pacific media, mass communication and journalism issues based at a Pacific tertiary institution up and running. But the high level of interest in Pacific Journalism Review is heartening.

    Published by the University of Papua New Guinea.


  • PJR cover v1(Nov1994) The NBC radio gag
    Vol. 1 No. 1 (1994)

    Cover cartoon: Jada, The Times of Papua New Guinea 1994.
    Editor: David Robie

    Journalism and related information and mass communication issues have a dearth of outlets in the South Pacific. While the region's news media has developed technically in leaps and bounds in the last decade and journalistic standards have risen, the region's information profile remains much the same. The major newspapers remain dominated by foreign ownership - the newest daily, The National in Papua New Guinea, is Malaysian-owned - and television/radio remains, in spite of the increasing number of privately owned FM broadcasters, in the hands of the state or, in the case of PNG's EMTV, and Australian television network.

    Published by the University of Papua New Guinea.

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