Political crises and indigenous issues throw a spotlight on a region’s news media and its role in democracy. AUT professor in communication studies, journalist and author David Robie believes greater scrutiny of Pacific media and more research will contribute much to the communications industry.
As a journalist covering the Asia-Pacific region for more than two decades, he reported on post-colonial coups, indigenous struggles for independence and environmental and development issues.
Now he has established the Pacific Media Centre (2007) with a commitment to boosting Māori, Pasifika, ethnic and other New Zealand media research and publication. In 2002, he re-established the Pacific Journalism Review academic research journal at AUT’s School of Communication Studies after it was founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994. The journal celebrated 20 years of publishing with a conference on "Political journalism in the Asia-Pacific" in November 2014.
In 2010, the journal won the Creative Stimulus Award for "innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics" at the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Creative Industries in Beijing, China.
“Understanding our neighbours is vitally important and researching and publishing on the media is an important goal for good governance for the region,” Professor Robie says.
In 2005, he was awarded the PIMA Pacific Media Freedom award for his contribution to Pasifika journalism education and media freedom in both New Zealand and the region.
He has been an Australian Press Council fellow and as well as editing PJR he is on the editorial boards of Asia Pacific Media Educator, Australian Journalism Review, Fijian Studies, Journalism Research and Pacific Ecologist. He is also currently New Zealand representative of the Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).
“AUT is well placed to contribute to wider media research and critically examining media policies and development issues,” he says.
In 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of his innovative and strong contribution to Pasifika media education and he was awarded the Dean's Prize for Research Excellence in 2012. In 2014, David and the Pacific Media Watch project were awarded the Dean's Prize for Critic and Conscience of Society.
International comparative journalism
Human rights and media
Media freedom and Freedom of Information
Asia-Pacific media and politics
Political economy of the South Pacific
Ethics and media accountability
Selected refereed publications
Robie, David (2017). The insecurity legacy of the Rainbow Warrior affair: A paradigm shift from nuclear refugees to climate change refugees. Forthcoming.
Robie, D. (2011). Iconic media environmental images of Oceania: Challenging corporate news for solutions. In Dreadlocks, 6/7: 25-49. Also Creativity and Climate Change proceedings. ISBN 978-1-927184-02-8
Robie, D. (2010). Conflict reporting in the South Pacific: Why peace journalism has a chance. Journal of Pacific Studies, 32(2).
Robie, D. (2008). Frontline reporting, ethos and perception: media challenges in the South Pacific. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 49(2), 213-227.
Robie, D. (2008). The Rainbow Warrior bombers, the media and the judiciary. Australian Journalism Review, 29(2), 49-62.
Robie, D. (2008). An independent student press: Three case studies from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Aotearoa/New Zealand [book chapter]. In Papoutsaki, E, & Harris, S. (eds.), South Pacific Islands Communication: regional perspectives, local issues (pp. 235-253). Singapore: Asian, Media Information and CommunicationCentre (AMIC).
McGregor, J.; Lind, C.; Geary, S.; Misa, T.; Robie, D. and Zweifel, W. (2007). New Zealand Media Observation Mission Report: 2007 Timor-Leste Elections. Wellington: NZ Electoral Commission. www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/docs/papers/NZtimorreport_2007.pdf
Robie, D. (2007). Foreign aid in Pacific media education: Panacea or Pandora's box? Paper presented at the 16th Asian Media, Information and Communication (AMIC)/1st World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) conference in Singapore, June 25-28. Publication forthcoming.
Robie, D. (2006). Barbouzes, bullets and beat-ups: South Pacific media realities. Plenary keynote paper presented at the Media: Policies, Cultures and Futures in the Asia-Pacific Region conference at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, on Nov. 27-29, 2006. Publication forthcoming. http://www.comminit.com/trends/ctrends2007/trends-350.html
Robie, D. (2006). An independent student press: Three case studies from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Asia Pacific Media Educator, No 17: pp 21-40.
Robie, D. (2006). 'Four Worlds’ news values: media in transition in the South Pacific. Australian Journalism Review. 28(1): pp. 71-89. http://www.jea.org.au/journal.htm
Robie, D. (2005). South Pacific notions of the Fourth Estate: A collision of media models, culture and values. Media Asia. 32(2): 86-94. http://proquest.umi.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/pqdweb?did=1059106961&sid=1&Fmt=4&clientId=7961&RQT=309&VName=PQD
Robie, D. (2005). Pacific newsroom profiles: media literacy and education in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Australian Journalism Review. 27(1): pp. 21-40. http://www.jea.org.au/journal.htm
Robie, D. (2004). Cyberspace democracy: Freedom of speech dilemmas in Pacific journalism education. UTS Law Review (Sydney, Australia). No 5: pp. 131-149. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/UTSLR/
Robie, D. and S. Singh. (2004). From campus to newsroom in the South Pacific: Governance and the quest for a professional journalism ethos. Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji. 2(2): pp. 103-122. http://www.fijianstudies.org/fs_contents_vol2no2.htm
Robie, D. (2003). Wansolwara, convergence and culture: A South Pacific communication case study.Communication Journal of New Zealand. 4(1): pp. 3-16.
Robie, D. (2003). Journalism Education in the South Pacific, 1975-2003: Politics, policy and practice. Unpublished doctoral thesis. Suva: Department of History/Politics, University of the South Pacific. ttp://tala.usp.ac.fj/spydus.html (search for “Journalism Education in the South Pacific“)
Robie, D. (2001). Coup coup land: The press and the putsch in Fiji. Asia Pacific Media Educator. No 10: pp. 148-162.
1999 Australian Press Council Fellow: David Robie: Report and speeches. Sydney: Australian Press Council.
2015 - Dean's Prize for Contribution to Research Infrastructure in the faculty of Design and Creative Techologies
2015 - Asia Communication Award- Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (Singapore, awarded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
2014 - Dean's Prize for Critic and Conscience of Society (jointly awarded with the Pacific Media Watch project)
2013 - Sabbatical and research grant for development communication programmes in France, Scandinavia and Timor-Leste.
2012 - Dean's Award for Research Excellence in the faculty of Design and Creative Technologies.
2011 - Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award for innovative media education at AUT University.
2010 - Creative Stimulus Award for academic journals as editor of Pacific Journalism Review for "innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics" at the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Creative Industries in Beijing, China. 2010 - UNESCO University of Queensland Press Freedom Lectures Fellow. 2009 - Nominated by two organisations for the global Communication and Social Change Award. 2005 - Pacific Islands Media Association Pacific Media Freedom Award for "outstanding contribution to the development of journalists in the Pacific and New Zealand". 1999 - Australian Press Council Fellowship for touring Australia to present papers, talks and publish a media freedom report.