Professor David Robie

Director of the Pacific Media Centre
Professor of Journalism

Professor David Robie

Professor David Robie has a passion for the Asia-Pacific region. A journalist for more than 40 years, David has reported on postcolonial coups, indigenous struggles for independence and environmental and developmental issues in the Asia-Pacific.

As Director of AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC), David works with postgraduate student journalists to edit Pacific Media Watch - a daily digital archive of dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism. The PMC also jointly publishes the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner, Scoop Media.

David is the founding editor of the Pacific Journalism Review (PJR), the only research journal to investigate media issues in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. He is also the editor of the Pacific Journalism Monograph series.

He has written ten books on the region’s politics and media, including Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific, Mekim Nius: South Pacific Politics, Media and Education and Eyes of Fire, a book about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior and the impact of the legacy of nuclear testing on Pacific Islanders.

In 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and he won a Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies Dean’s Award for research excellence the following year.

David has been an Australian Press Council fellow and 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 the New Zealand representative of the Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).

He was awarded the 2015 Asia Communication Award by AMIC Dubai, UAE.

David also publishes the media freedom and transparency blog Cafe Pacific.

Check out the latest research projects of the Pacific Media Centre, and learn more about the Pacific Media Centre.

Selected Journalism:

Rainbow Warrior redux: French terrorism in the Pacific 

Iconic media environmental images of Oceania: challenging corporate news for solutions

Behind the elusive mythmaking over Fiji, West Papua

E-libel laws the new front line in Pacific battle for press freedom

“At the PMC, we embrace the diversity and complexities of our region. Our students have reported on Pacific Island Forum leader meetings, the first post-coup election in Fiji, on climate change and development issues around the region. We prepare students for reporting the truth.”