Professor David Robie is the Director of the Pacific Media Centre and a journalist of more than 40 years. For more than two decades he focused on covering the Asia-Pacific region. He has reported on post-colonial coups, indigenous struggles for independence and environmental and developmental issues.
Professor Robie, is editor of the Pacific Journalism Review (PJR), the only research journal to investigate media issues in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Through his role as Director of the Pacific Media Centre, he maintains Pacific Media Watch, a digital archive of daily dispatches about Pacific journalism and media , ethics and professionalism and jointly publishes the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner Scoop Media.
He has written nine books on the region’s politics and media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific politics, media and education, and a book about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.
In 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. In 2010, he won the Creative Stimulus Award for innovation and contribution in “reporting hot topics” as editor of PJR at the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Industries in Beijing, China. In 2005, he won the PIMA Pacific Media Freedom award for his contribution to Pasifika journalism education and media freedom in both New Zealand and the region.
He has been an Australian Press Council fellow and as well as editing PJR he is on the editorial boards of Asia-Pacific Media Educator, Australian Journalism Review, Fijian Studies, Global Media Journal and Pacific Ecologist. He is also currently New Zealand representative of the Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). Professor Robie publishes the media freedom and transparency blog Cafe Pacific www.cafepacific.blogspot.com
Professor Robie gained his Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney, and his PhD in History/Politics from the University of the South Pacific.
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