Media, Investigative Journalism and Technology Conference 2010

Media Conference

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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.

Please click here for MIJT conference papers and proceedings - January 2011 

South Pacific and diversity investigation case studies are particularly welcome. Also, a broader range of papers on media and democracy are encouraged.

Keynote speakers include:

  • 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.

Kunda Dixit
Nicky Hager,
Rukhsana Aslam
Kunda Dixit, editor of the Nepali Times

Nicky Hager, independent NZ journalist and author

Rukhsana Aslam, peace journalism researcher

Kunda Dixit on the Peace Photo Exhibition

Sponsors include the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Creative Industry's Research Institute and Faculty of Creative Technologies at AUT University, US Embassies in Fiji and New Zealand, and UNESCO National Commission for NZ.

Conference website:
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Media, Investigative Journalism and Technology Conference Poster

Conference organiser: Andrea Steward

Associate Professor David Robie
Conference Chair
Director, Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology

2010 School of Communication Studies Awards

MIJT conference awards

Diversity awards winner John Pulu; John's mother, Meliame Piuela Pulu, Spasifik deputy editor Qiane Corfield-Matata; and PMC director Dr David Robie at the awards night. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Island and diversity students were recognised for their talent and hardwork at the annual AUT School of Communications awards for media excellence. The annual event was split into two parts this year.

The first round of awards on March 24 was mainly for major and industry-based prizes. The second round, for internal prizes and scholarships, was held on March 31.

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Last updated: 14-Feb-2014 8.34pm

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