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Pacific Journalism Review

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Media and cultural diversity
New investigative journalism strategies

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Cover picture from May edition 2011 from the Kunda Dixit exhibition 'Frames of War'.

The Pacific Journalism Review, founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994, is a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. It is now published by the Pacific Media Centre, AUT University, and has links with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and the University of the South Pacific.

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While one objective is research into Pacific journalism theory and practice, the journal is also expanding its interest into new areas of research and inquiry that reflect the broader impact of contemporary media practice and education.

A particular focus will be on the cultural politics of the media, including the following issues – new media and social movements, indigenous cultures in the age of globalisation, the politics of tourism and development, the role of the media and the formation of national identity and the cultural influence of New Zealand as a branch of the global economy within the Pacific region. It also has a special interest in environmental and development studies in the media and communication – and vernacular media in the region.

Main sections:

  • Research: Academic research and analysis papers (3000-6000 words)
  • Research: Academic research and analysis papers (3000-6000 words)
  • Commentary: Industry insights, developments and practice (1500-3000 words)
  • Reviews: Books, online developments, multimedia, video (500-1000 words)
    Reviews editor: Dr Evangelia Papoutsaki
  • Forum: Letters, brief commentaries (up to 800 words)
  • Content and inquiries:

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Reviews for the 19(2) October 2013 edition


BOOK REVIEWS in the October 2013 edition of Pacific Journalism Review: The Media in Transitional Democracies By Katrin Voltmer Rethinking Journalism: Trust and Participation in a Transformed News Landscape Edited by Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma International Journalism and Democracy: Civic Engagement Models from Around the World Edited by Angela Romano Reviewed by David Robie   228 Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand By Alison McCulloch Reviewed by Sue Kedgley   234 The Journalist’s Guide to Media Law By Mark Pearson and Mark Polden Blogging and Tweeting Without Getting Sued: A Global Guide to the Law for Anyone Writing Online By Mark Pearson Reviewed by Stephen Harrington   237 So You Want to be a Journalist? Unplugged By Bruce Grundy, Martin Hirst, Janine Little, Mark Hayes, Greg Treadwell Reviewed by Catherine Strong   240 Citizen Witnessing Stuart Allan Reviewed by Verica Rupar   243 Australian Journalism Today Edited by Matthew Ricketson Reviewed by Philip Cass   246 NOTED: Interviewing: A Guide for Journalists and Writers • English for Journalists • Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook: An Indispensable Guide to Getting Published Allan Lee and Allison Oosterman   250

Review: Local focus is a plus


After reading dozens of journalism textbooks to find one for our introductory students, I was relieved to find So You Want to be a Journalist? Unplugged. Unlike others in the education marketplace this year, it is straight-forward, practical, and more importantly, it focuses specifically on Australia and New Zealand. Students will be engaged with local examples, case studies, and newsroom practices. 

A strain of heroes


Commentary: The concept of scandal is a central trope of today’s journalism, ranging from political coverage of the affairs of state down to the state of affairs in the celebrity press and media. Not only is there an apparently inexhaustible public appetite for rumours, speculations and provable dark deeds and saucy goings-on fed by scandals but also a considerable section of professional journalists and photojournalists earn their crust from it. In this introductory commentary some of the key concepts defining celebrity and scandal are introduced and some observations on the current state of public culture in New Zealand are examined.

Life imitating art: Asian romance movies as a social mirror


As a genre of mass media, the romance movie has the potential to influence and shape audience’s views on socio-cultural issues of the time (Rahman, 2013). Asian romance movies often depict behaviours that challenge thei moral code such as obeying authority, adherence to cultural norms and putting society before self. For dramatic effect, such movies would often showcase scandalous themes and socially objectionable behaviours which are eventually resolved, indicating a return to socially accepted codes of conduct. There is a clear appreciation of values considered ideal in romantic partnerships including honesty and fidelity. Interestingly, such movies appear to capture the Asian diaspora, challenging social norms and negotiating its values, behaviours and beliefs against foreign elements. This article explores the scandals and consequences portrayed in some of these Asian movies, evaluating the effect this might have on their actors and a receptive audience. Elements of scandal in the personal lives of some of the actors make a case for life and art imitating the other in a cycle of challenge, compromise and conformity.

Online or conventional democracy? The Ashgrove election and networked journalism


This study focuses on new media use in democratic discourse, specifically in the Queensland state electoral division of Ashgrove in 2011. This site was chosen to make an enquiry into the place of mass media in public decision-making, asking the question: did online media provide an extension of democracy, and what would be journalism’s role in democratic discourse? The study utilises a survey of 280 constituents, a review of pertinent news coverage, and extensive interviews with a panel of informants. In the outcome, it found those most equipped to utilise online media showed a lack of will to get involved in deeper political, social engagements. It also sees younger demographics forming news habits, not usually in step with traditional political avenues, based on familiarity with online processes, while consciously marginalising the need for trustworthiness in this setting. These issues are considered together with one leading proposal as to where the future of new media might be heading. It assesses the notion of professional and amateur collaboration by employing the model articulated by Beckett, called ‘networked journalism’.


Managing Editor David Robie
Pacific Journalism Review
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