Communication studies news

THE Rankings Sep 2019

AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
Woolf Fisher AUT scholarship Awards ceremony

19 first in family scholarships awarded

05 Sep, 2019
19 AUT students were awarded Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships at a celebration event at the AUT South Campus on Thursday 29 August.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Design and Creative Industries, Professor Guy Littlefair and Pacific Journalism Review editor Professor David Robie at the recent launch at Auckland University of Technology.

Pacific Journalism Review turns 25

Communication studies
29 Jul, 2019
Pacific Journalism Review turns 25
Verica Rupar and Joe Foote

Kiwi to lead world journalism education body

Communication studies
18 Jul, 2019
Associate Professor Verica Rupar has been elected Chair of the World Journalism Education Council.
Louise Saunders at NDF 2018

AUT student receives NDF scholarship

Communication studies
18 Jul, 2019
After attending NDF 2018 as a scholarship recipient, AUT Post Graduate student Louise Saunders won the role of NDF Auckland Regional Ambassador.
Grace Stratton

Grace makes global Badass Women list

17 Jul, 2019
AUT Law and Communications student Grace Stratton joins Rihanna, Marie Kondo and Nobel prize winner in global list
Dr Rosser Johnson and Dr Andrew Withell

DCT confirms two new Heads of School

05 Jun, 2019
Dr Rosser Johnson will be Head of the School of Communications Studies, and Dr Andrew Withell will be Head of Art & Design.
Tagaloatele Emeritus Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

Pacific research of ‘hard’ social issues

Communication studies
29 May, 2019
Six years of diverse Pacific research by Auckland University of Technology staff and students has been profiled in a new publication.

To build social cohesion, our screens need to show the same diversity of faces we see on the street

Communication studies
21 May, 2019
Migration plays an important role in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand society. New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, is now “more diverse than London”.

Pacific countries score well in media freedom index, but reality is far worse

Communication studies
08 May, 2019
When Pacific countries reflect on the state of their media, they know the reality is much worse than the ticks they got from global media freedom watchdog.
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
Cookbook contributors and guest speaker

Diversity celebrated at cookbook launch

22 Mar, 2019
The launch of a cookbook with family recipes and stories of AUT staff and students from migrant and refugee backgrounds, took place on Race Relations Day.
Asia Pacific Report website

Asia Pacific Report covers Christchurch

Communication studies
20 Mar, 2019
Pacific Media Centre's Asia Pacific Report website has curated a number of articles covering the Christchurch terror attacks.
They Are Us image - illustration by Ruby Jones


15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Emeritus Professor Ian Shirley

Farewell to Professor Ian Shirley

23 Jan, 2019
Emeritus Professor Ian Shirley was a friend and colleague to many as a researcher, leader, mentor, supervisor and notable person about the University.
Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion

Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019
Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.
AUT Edge Award winners

Gaining skills for the workplace

14 Dec, 2018
Auckland Council are proud to sponsor the overall achievement prize for the AUT Edge Award, an extra-curricular employability award at AUT.
Photo of Merja Myllylahti

Newspapers shrink local news gaps widen

Communication studies
06 Dec, 2018
Annual NZ media ownership report finds 9% drop in NZ newspaper circulation.
Harry Goldie's Instagram grid

A week with Converse

Communication studies
29 Nov, 2018
Digital Design student Harry Goldie scooped up the opportunity to spend a week with Converse on an all-expenses paid trip to LA.
AUT graduates heading overseas as part of the Internz programme

Meet the new Internz

28 Nov, 2018
21 AUT graduates have been hand-picked by major companies including Lululemon, Enviropod, Paramount Recording Studios and Sundance Institute to be internat
Professor David Robie with Kanak 'independence' flags

Professor reports on historic referendum

Communication studies
19 Nov, 2018
Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre in the School of Communication Studies had a front-row seat to New Caledonia's historic indepen
The Tastes of Home cookbook

New Cookbook to fund scholarship fund

14 Nov, 2018
A new cookbook featuring family recipes and stories of AUT staff and students from migrant and refugee backgrounds launched this week.
AUTSA's Foodie Godmother pantry

Can you help the Foodie Godmother?

02 Nov, 2018
AUTSA’s Foodie Godmother needs donations of food and personal hygiene products for students in need. Can you help?
AUT's new Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors announced

01 Nov, 2018
AUT has announced the promotion to Professor of seven senior academics. A further 16 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch

Minister launches sustainable blueprint

24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.
THE world university rankings for AUT 2019

THE rankings place AUT in NZ top three

27 Sep, 2018
AUT has significantly improved in global university rankings published today by the Times Higher Education.
AUT students sit in the WG lecture hall

AUT 2019 domestic and international fees

13 Sep, 2018
Tuition fees for new domestic students, and for domestic and international students currently enrolled in a programme will increase in 2019.

Communications alumni reconnect with AUT

Communication studies
28 Jun, 2018
Over 120 communication studies alumni attended an exclusive event hosted by the School of Communication Studies and AUT’s alumni department.

Joining forces with Radio NZ

Communication studies
01 Jun, 2018
Radio NZ has announced a formal content-sharing partnership with AUT’s Pacific Media Centre – Te Amokura.
Wayne Hope

5 questions with Professor Wayne Hope

Communication studies
18 May, 2018
We asked Professor Wayne Hope five questions about his research at the time of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
David and the World Press Freedom Day

Marking World Press Freedom Day

Communication studies
15 May, 2018
Professor David Robie marked World Press Freedom Day with a seminar covering the "targeting" of journalists and the state of the media in West Papua.
The Policy Observatory’s Dr David Hall and Sam Lindsay

The answer to low-emissions

Communication studies
20 Apr, 2018
A report for the Ministry of Environment, launched recently at AUT, reveals opportunities for New Zealand through climate finance.
Examining the impact of data misuse

Examining the impact of data misuse

Communication studies
06 Apr, 2018
Education graduate Arizona

AUT student joins advisory group

Communication studies
07 Mar, 2018
Journalism under duress in the Asia-Pacific – PMC turns 10

Journalism under duress in the Asia-Pacific – PMC turns 10

Communication studies
22 Nov, 2017

The Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology is highlighting the threats to media freedom in the Asia-Pacific region in an event next week marking its 10th anniversary.

Attitude Awards 2017

AUT student shows spirit at the 2017 Attitude Awards

Communication studies
14 Nov, 2017

An AUT student has been heralded for her advocacy work at last week’s Attitude Awards.

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Indonesian academic exchange an opportunity for unique collaboration

Communication studies
13 Oct, 2017

Pacific Media Centre Director, Professor David Robie will join academics from around the world in a global academic exchange with Indonesia's Universitas Gadjah Mada. In return, seven academics from the Indonesian university will visit AUT for the first communication and publication research collaboration of its kind in New Zealand.

Radilaite Cammock

Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme

02 Sep, 2017

A new generation of Māori and Pacific lecturers is taking up residence at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The 2018 Early Career Academic Programme offers up to six Māori and Pacific scholars their first, full-time, permanent appointments as research-active lecturers.


AUT alumna bound for The Happiest Place on Earth

Communication studies
03 Aug, 2017

AUT communications graduate, Molly Dagger, is heading to the U.S to take part in the annual Disney World Cultural Exchange Programme.


AUT student shortlisted for a Canon Media Award

Communication studies
17 May, 2017

An AUT student is in the running to win Student Journalist of the Year at this year's Canon Media Awards.


Pacific Journalism Review research - Journalists working harder, women disadvantaged

Communication studies
03 Mar, 2017

New Zealand journalists are working longer hours, and feeling more pressure, both ethically and resource-wise, than they were only two years ago, a new research survey has found.


AUT appoints new Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of DCT Faculty

21 Feb, 2017

Professor Guy Littlefair has been appointed by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) as the new Dean of its Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies (DCT) and Pro-Vice Chancellor. He will take up the position in July 2017.

Student documentaries featured on RNZ National

Student documentaries featured on RNZ National

Communication studies
16 Dec, 2016

In early 2017, RNZ National featured a number of radio documentaries made by final-year Bachelor of Communication Studies students.

Exploring what it’s like to look for love as a 40-something year-old woman, a grandfather recovering from a stroke and the life of a bushman are just some of the stories made by AUT students.

Te Pou Tatau Pounamu NZ Peace Foundation award for Christina Milligan

Te Pou Tatau Pounamu NZ Peace Foundation award for Christina Milligan

Communication studies
07 Nov, 2016

Screen Production lecturer Christina Milligan was among the recipients at the Nga Aho Whakaari (Maori Film Practitioners) 20th Anniversary awards.  Christina, director Kim Webby and coproducer Roger Grant received the Te Pou Tatau Pounamu NZ Peace Foundation award for “their contribution to peace and aroha”.

AUT student nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year

AUT student nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year

Communication studies
15 Sep, 2016

AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies student Joshua Iosefo has been nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year at the New Zealander of the Year Awards.

World Journalism Congress at AUT

World Journalism Congress at AUT

Communication studies
15 Jul, 2016

The CEO whose organisation stood behind the release of the Panama Papers will be a speaker at the World Journalism Congress to be held at AUT in July this week.  Peter Bale runs the Centre for Public Integrity in Washington DC,   one of the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative centers in America.

Fiji placement enlightens aspiring climate change journalists

Fiji placement enlightens aspiring climate change journalists

Communication studies
23 Jun, 2016

A two-week journalism stint in Fiji, dubbed “Bearing Witness”, has lent new perspectives on the effects of climate change on AUT journalism student Ami Dhabuwala and graduate TJ Aumua.

PMC director calls for ‘voice for the voiceless’ at Pacific human rights forum

PMC director calls for ‘voice for the voiceless’ at Pacific human rights forum

Communication studies
26 Apr, 2016

Giving voice to the voiceless and championing the rights of all people by telling the truth was the message given to the Human Rights and the Media forum in Fiji organised by the region’s Pacific Community.

PMC director gives media awards keynote, research seminar at Pacific university

PMC director gives media awards keynote, research seminar at Pacific university

Communication studies
05 Jan, 2016

Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie has visited Fiji as the guest of the regional University of the South Pacific to present a keynote address at the annual journalism awards night and to present a research seminar for academics.


Journalism under threat - ‘digital first’ strategies put journalists last

Communication studies
11 Dec, 2015

Journalism in New Zealand is threatened by the constant culling of editorial jobs and current affairs programmes. The 2015 JMAD New Zealand Media Ownership Report observes that in this year alone 60-70 jobs were removed from newsrooms and current affairs production. This report is the fifth produced by the AUT’s research centre Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD).


Journalism Conference gets UNESCO Grant

Communication studies
04 Dec, 2015

AUT has won a UNESCO grant to help support the World Journalism Education Congress being hosted at the City Campus in July 2016.


Taberannang Korauaba: Why Tuvalu? A call to regain leading role on climate change

Communication studies
02 Oct, 2015

PhD candidate Taberannang Korauaba from AUT’s Pacific Media Centre gives us some insight into what drove him to research climate change communications in the South Pacific.


Opinion: How peace journalism can challenge ‘war voyeurism’

Communication studies
28 Sep, 2015

As the unprecedented human tide of refugees flows into Europe unabated, fleeing from both the ruthless military targeting by the Assad regime and the ISIS reign of terror with murder, torture, crucifixion and sexual slavery, along with the atrocities committed by other rebels such as Jabhat al-Nusra, it is time to rethink our media responses too, says AUT Professor and Director of the Pacific Media Centre, Dr David Robie.


AUT ad students turn water into wealth with Just Water win

Communication studies
10 Sep, 2015

A successful advertising concept for Just Water International’s water filters has netted two AUT students $23,000.


Book launch: 30 years on from the Rainbow Warrior bombing

Communication studies
27 Jul, 2015

Call for a region-wide push for real nuclear justice in Pacific needed, says Dr David Robie


Rainbow Warrior redux: How French nuclear terrorism changed the Pacific

Communication studies
24 Jul, 2015

Opinion piece by Professor David Robie of AUT’s School of Communication Studies, who travelled on board the Rainbow Warrior for 10 weeks before the bombing and wrote the book Eyes of Fire. A fresh edition was published this week.


AUT filmmakers light up the screen at international film festival

Communication studies
21 Jul, 2015

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) kicks off in Auckland on July 16 with its biggest programme to date. This year’s festival will feature the work of four AUT lecturers and two students.


Top Asia-Pacific media award for AUT Pacific Media Centre director

Communication studies
29 Jun, 2015

Auckland University of Technology Professor in Communication Studies David Robie was recently honoured for his significant contribution to the Asia-Pacific media landscape at the 24th Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) conference held in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.


The declining state of current affairs programmes in New Zealand

Communication studies
25 May, 2015

Opinion Piece by Dr Sarah Baker, Communications lecturer at AUT University.


Research shows diversity squizzed in the election news

Communication studies
14 May, 2015

Bringing diversity of voices in public domain might still be a far reaching goal for the New Zealand media. The AUT study of the 2014 election coverage shows the news was dominated by males and by political party members.  When journalists used social media to discuss the elections  they mainly to talk to each other.


AUT lecture: Renowned Israeli Journalist Amira Hass warns of daily ‘bureaucratic violence’ against Palestine

Communication studies
13 May, 2015

The common imagery of Israeli airstrikes, destruction of property and the loss of human life is how international audiences see the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.


Climate change, environmental journalism and better media ethics

Communication studies
16 Mar, 2015

Conservation issues, loss of land, enforced location and culture and language erosion are a few of the worries troubling low-lying Pacific communities, and for indigenous communities, relocation will ultimately lead to culture and language loss.


AUT’s Pacific Media Centre condemns Paris atrocity

Communication studies
09 Jan, 2015

The director of AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre, has condemned the “outrageous and cowardly” attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, describing it as a despicable assault on global media freedom.



Communication studies
08 Dec, 2014

The JMAD New Zealand media ownership report 2014 was published and distributed on December 5, 2014.


AUT Pacific journalism students win Ossie Award for Fiji elections coverage

Communication studies
02 Dec, 2014

AUT University’s Pacific Scoop has won a major student journalism award for its coverage of the Fiji post-coup general election in September.

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Conference to put lens on political journalism in Asia-Pacific

Communication studies
10 Nov, 2014

Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will come together at AUT University on 27-29 November 2014.


Journalism students create first ever university news bureau for Fiji elections

Communication studies
20 Oct, 2014

Three AUT University journalism students have recently returned from Fiji having covered the recent elections for AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC).


Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief to meet AUT University Communications Students

Communication studies
12 Sep, 2014

This Friday September 12, co-founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, will visit New Zealand for a number of high profile engagements.


AUT to host the World Journalism Education Congress

Communication studies
28 Aug, 2014

Identity and integrity of journalism education will be a key theme of the next World Journalism Education Congress to be held at AUT in 2016.

Media usage in NZ

UNESCO World Press Freedom lecture to tackle NZ media challenges

Communication studies
06 May, 2014

The UNESCO World Press Freedom lecture will be livestreamed here tonight - Tuesday 6 May.

David Robie

New book on South Pacific journalism looks at region’s history and challenges

Communication studies
24 Apr, 2014

A new book which examines contemporary media concepts such as critical development journalism, conflict-sensitive journalism and deliberative journalism in the context of the South Pacific region is being launched at AUT University.

Cameron Gawley BuzzShift

BuzzShift’s Cameron Gawley to talk ‘digital disruption’ at The Project

Communication studies
08 Apr, 2014

Organisers of The Project:  Digital Disruption have announced the final four names on the speaking line-up, including American digital strategist Cameron Gawley.

Dr Matthew McDougall

Authentic content key to connecting with Chinese markets via social media

21 Mar, 2014

In the fast changing digital media landscape authentic content and narratives are vital to branding no matter who is using it.

International Award for AUT student

International Award for AUT student

Communication studies
26 Dec, 2013

Postgraduate student journalist Daniel Drageset has won a coveted international prize in trauma journalism - the 2013 Dart trauma journalism award.

Drageset won the award for his multimedia news report series about the torture of a fugitive prisoner and his suspected accomplice by Fiji prison officers

Student wins first ever Joseph Peart Scholarship

Student wins first ever Joseph Peart Scholarship

Communication studies
24 Dec, 2013

PR company Porter Novelli announced last week that the inaugural Joseph Peart Scholarship has been awarded to AUT Communication Studies student Kaya Arai.

Dr Jeff Cole in New Zealand with AUT and the US Embassy

Dr Jeff Cole in New Zealand with AUT and the US Embassy

18 Nov, 2013

AUT University is hosting Dr Jeffrey Cole, international Internet expert and international director of the World Internet Project (WIP) at two exciting ventures this week.

Dr Cole, founder and director of the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School, is the 2013 speaker at AUT’s The Project.

AUT a contributor to the New Zealand Story

AUT a contributor to the New Zealand Story

Communication studies
07 Nov, 2013

AUT University represented the New Zealand education sector yesterday at the launch of the New Zealand Story initiative. AUT’s Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack spoke alongside Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key and Minister for Economic Development Hon Steven Joyce about the importance of increasing New Zealand’s reputation overseas. AUT was involved in developing the educational aspects of the New Zealand Story.

AUT Journalism receives $350,000 to go global

AUT Journalism receives $350,000 to go global

Communication studies
26 Aug, 2013

AUT University’s School of Communication Studies and University of Canterbury’s School of Social and political sciences have recently received a $350,000 (NZD) EU-NZ grant to enable their honours students to participate in a three year mobility project with European institutions.


The future of New Zealand media even more unpredictable

Communication studies
26 Nov, 2012

The near term future of New Zealand media companies has become more unpredictable in 2012, according to the latest New Zealand media ownership report published by AUT’s Centre for Journalism Media and Democracy (JMAD).


Journalism prof warns on media ‘blind spots’

Communication studies
30 Oct, 2012

Restoring public trust, engaging in critical journalism, and opening the media’s eyes to common “blind spots” were all on the agenda for the inaugural professorial address of Dr David Robie at AUT University this month.

Professor Welby Ings

Unique film opportunity for AUT professor

Communication studies
13 Feb, 2012

AUT University professor Welby Ings has this week flown to Amsterdam to take up an eight-week residency with a prestigious film institute.

Ings is a professor of graphic design, but is also no stranger to the film making world; he has made two short films and is currently working on his first feature length film.


Hockey player and Paralympian take out AUT’s top sport awards

19 Oct, 2011

AUT University’s best sportsmen and women were recognised on Friday 14 October at the annual Blues Awards at the North Shore Campus. A total of 46 Blues Awards were presented on the night with the calibre of recipients reflected in the night’s big winners.

Graduates full of success

Graduates full of success

Communication studies
09 Jun, 2011

AUT graduates have been scooping awards left, right and centre in the media industry.

AUT graduates off to France

AUT graduates off to France

Communication studies
19 May, 2011

Two AUT graduates from the School of Communication Studies have won a national competition which will now see them compete in France.

How to stay safe from scams

How to stay safe from scams

20 Jul, 2010

The busty blonde Russian woman you met online who needs to borrow money for emergency surgery could well be a West African man trying to dupe you out of your life savings.

Opening of Manukau Campus

Opening of Manukau Campus

Communication studies
11 May, 2010

John Pulu who graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies this year is now working at TVNZ's Tagata Pasifika programme. He recently produced this report the opening in March of AUT University’s new campus at Manukau.

Stories of outstanding Solomon Islands women

Stories of outstanding Solomon Islands women

08 Mar, 2010

A new book published by AUT's Pacific Media Centre celebrates leadership and achievement amongst Solomon Islands women.

AUT graduate named Best Emerging Filmmaker

AUT graduate named Best Emerging Filmmaker

Communication studies
04 Mar, 2010

AUT Unversity graduate Anna McKessar was named Best Emerging New Zealand Filmmaker at the Documentary Edge awards in Auckland this week.

Pacific Media Centre wins grant for PMW freedom of expression project

Pacific Media Centre wins grant for PMW freedom of expression project

Communication studies
27 Jan, 2010

The Pacific Media Watch freedom of expression monitoring project at AUT University has been awarded a $15,000 development grant to expand its regional database and journalism resource.

AUT wins trans Tasman journalism awards

AUT wins trans Tasman journalism awards

Communication studies
08 Dec, 2009

The talents of AUT journalism students have been recognised with two wins at the 2009 Ossie Awards for Student Journalism.

Krista Ferguson has won the category for best print news story and Te Waha Nui, the newspaper produced by AUT journalism students, has taken the prize for best regular student publication.

First place - Ajay Murthy and Reagan Qiu

Helping community groups with digital media

Communication studies
18 Aug, 2009

AUT students’ talent with digital media was acknowledged at the YMedia Challenge Awards this year.

The YMedia Challenge which, is in its third year, gets students using digital media to help local communities. This year the competition linked 90 students with more than 30 community groups.

David Robie

New journalism scholarship

Communication studies
15 Jun, 2009

AUT University and community newspaper Indian Newslink have launched a journalism scholarship in a bid to boost the standard and practice of the profession.

Electronic cycling jacket by AUT fashion lecturer Lyle Reilly

E-clothing expert visits AUT

15 Jun, 2009

Singing shirts, purses with inbuilt touch alarms and cycling jackets that indicate when you turn are a few of the spinoffs of technology that allows fabric to respond to stimuli like light, sound and touch.  This week, international electronic textiles expert Dr Leah Buechley will be in Auckland to show how it is done.

David Robie

AUT journalism educator among ‘Atenisi international fellows

Communication studies
15 Jun, 2009

An AUT University academic, author and journalist is being inducted this month as one of the international fellows of ‘Atenisi University in the Kingdom of Tonga. Associate Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre in the School of Communication Studies and Creative Industries Research Institute, is travelling to Nuku’alofa for the ceremony on June 16-17.