Pacific Media Watch is an Asia-Pacific media digital repository gathered and published by staff and postgraduate students at AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre and contributing journalists. The monitoring and research project began at AUT in 2007.
Originally launched in Sydney in October 1996, Pacific Media Watch was the Pacific's first regional media website. It has links with the Journalism Programme at the University of the South Pacific, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG) and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) and collaborates with the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontières.
Independent and watchful, Pacific Media Watch was founded as an independent, non-profit non-government network by journalists Peter Cronau (left - then director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney) and David Robie (right - based then in Port Moresby as coordinator of Journalism Studies at the University of Papua New Guinea).
After being initially established at the ACIJ, the archive was hosted by the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) in Sydney and the original website can be visited here.
Its genesis was the jailing of two Taimi ‘o Tonga journalists, Kalafi Moala and Filokalafi ‘Akau'ola, and a ‘whistleblowing’ pro-democracy member of Parliament in Ton ga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, for alleged contempt in September 1996.
They were later freed by the Supreme Court in Tonga which ruled their imprisonment was unconstitutional. PMW played an important role in the campaign to free the three men, including organising a petition of more than 100 media signatures from the region.
Late in 2007, masters student Taberannang Korauaba, of Kiribati (left), himself once a cause célèbre for media freedom organisations, joined the PMC to prepare PMW files for the new DSpace database. He is now publishing his own Auckland-based newspaper, Kiribati Independent.
Tongan journalist and AUT masters student Josephine Latu joined the PMC as contributing editor of Pacific Media Watch in August 2008 and has covered several media events and is contributing many articles.
Former contributing editor Alex Perrottet (right) is from Australia with a long interest and experience in the Pacific. He has a law degree and is completing both a masters degree and postgraduate diploma in communication studies and journalism at AUT. He is now working on Pacific stories with Radio New Zealand International.
During 2013, Daniel Drageset of Norway was the contributing editor and he was awarded with the annual Dart Asia Pacific Journalism and Trauma Centre prize for his PMW reportage on torture in Fiji.
In 2014, Anna Majavu, a Zimbabwe-born journalist from South Africa with a keen interest in the Pacific, took over the role and has been editor since.
The Pacific Media Watch project received a $15,000 grant from the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust in 2009/10 for its web-based development work.
Pacific Media Watch's objectives are to:
NZ: Ethnic media need to ‘engage more widely’, says academic
AUCKLAND (AUT/Unitec/Pacific Media Watch): Ethnic media in New Zealand need to do more to engage with Māori and other communities and be less exclusive, says a sociology academic who chairs the Auckland Ethnic People's Advisory Panel.
Associate Professor Camille Nakhid, a senior academic at AUT University and who is on the advisory board of the Pacific Media Centre, says ethnic media ought to work on expanding its relationships.
NZ: Mainstream media challenged in catering for ethnic communities
AUCKLAND (Unitec/Niche Media/Pacific Media Watch): Auckland’s mainstream media face a challenge meeting the needs of the city’s growing ethnic population.
Findings by Niche Media show that a significant proportion of ethnic groups prefers advertising in their own language and consume at least half their media in the same way.
The city’s largest ethnic groups are well served by media in their own languages.
FIJI: FBC launches TV production house Studio 69
SUVA (Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch): The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has launched its own production house … known as Studio 69.
This is a giant leap in FBC TV’s three years of existence as a recent survey has shown the company has now become the number one choice of viewers.
FBC chief executive Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says after assessing and ensuring that there are enough resources, the company has launched its own production house.
Professor David Robie – Manager Pacific Media Watch project
Anna Majavu – Contributing editor PMW project
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