Practitioners, journalists, academics, researchers and students who work in the creative industries are invited to participate in a Fourth Estate “conversation” at the inaugural Media, Investigative Journalism & Technology Conference 2010.
The conference will be held at AUT University in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, on December 4 & 5, 2010. This international conference is dedicated to exploring investigative journalism and documentary techniques, methodologies and technologies of critical value to public interest issues and to identify and support journalists, photographers and film makers facing pressures and obstacles.
Pressures faced by investigative journalists include resistance from publishers, editors – due to time and resource constraints – and also post-publication issues such as legal and related to contacts. Investigative journalists risk being isolated where a professional media environment fails to encourage probing Fourth Estate-style reportage.
It is hoped that a legacy of the conference will be the establishment of a collaborative and supportive group dedicated to investigative journalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Academic papers will be peer-reviewed. Papers and presentations (commentaries) from the conference will be considered for publication in a double blind peer-reviewed special edition of the Pacific Journalism Review. www.pjreview.info
Kunda Dixit, editor of the Nepali Times and a leading Asia-Pacific investigative journalist who is the PM's Asian Journalism Fellow 2010, sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation
Professor Wendy Bacon, director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism,
New Zealand leading investigative journalist Nicky Hager, and
Barbara Dreaver, Pacific correspondent of Television New Zealand.
Plus investigative journalists and researchers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga. A masterclass in investigative journalism and seminar on peace journalism along with photographic exhibitions and film documentaries will also be featured.