Director, Pacific Media Centre
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 x7834
Email: email@example.com Physical Address:
Level 10, WG Precinct,
Gate 4, Governor Fitzroy Place,
Auckland University of Technology
School of Communication Studies
12th Floor Postal Address:
Pacific Media Centre
D-87 School of Communication Studies
Private Bag 92006
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Pacific Media Centre profile video Pacific Media Centre YouTube channel
Pacific research page at AUT Qualifications:
Doctor of Philosophy, University of the South Pacific (History/Politics, 2004)
Master of Arts in Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney (1997)
Certificate in Adult Tertiary Education, Auckland Institute of Technology (1993)
Certificate in Transitional Teaching (cross-cultural), Auckland Institute of Technology (1992)
Memberships and Affiliations:
New Zealand Journalists' Union - (EPMU)
Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
Journalism Education Association of NZ (JEANZ)
Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) -
New Zealand Representative Biography:
Championing media scrutiny in the Pacific
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 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. Pacific Journalism Review
In 2010, the journal won the for "innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics" at the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Creative Industries in Beijing, China. Creative Stimulus Award
“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.
Professor Robie has written eight books on the region’s politics and media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific politics, media and education
In 2005, he was awarded the for his contribution to Pasifika journalism education and media freedom in both New Zealand and the region. PIMA Pacific Media Freedom award
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.
Cafe Pacific media transparency blog
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, David (2016).
From Pacific Scoop to Asia-Pacific Report: A case study in an independent campus-industry media partnership. Pacific Journalism Review, 22(2), 64-86. Robie, David (2016).
The Rainbow Warrior, secrecy and state terrorism: A Pacific journalism case study. Pacific Journalism Review, 22(1), 187-213. Robie, David (2016).
Unfree and unfair? Media intimidation in Fiji's 2014 election. In Ratuva, Steve, and Lawson, Stephanie, Fiji's 2014 General Election (pp. 83-107). Canberra: Australian National University. Robie, David (2016).
La’o Hamutuk and Timor-Leste’s development challenges: A case study in human rights and collaborative journalism. , 43, 1-16, March. Media Asia Robie, David (2015).
Rainbow Warrior's truth-seeking remembered. November 2015 edition. Pen. Robie, David (2015). The struggle for media freedom among jihadists, gaggers and 'democratators' [Review].
, 21(2): 197-199. Pacific Journalism Review Robie, David (2015).
[Second edition]. Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. Robie, David (2015).
[30th Anniversary Edition]. Auckland: Little Island Press. Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior Robie, David and Del Abcede (2015).
Cybercrime, criminal libel and the media: 'e-martial law' to the Magna Carta in the Philippines, , 21(1): 211-229. Pacific Journalism Review Robie, David (2015).
Two decades of critical inquiry [Editorial], , 21(1): 7-14. Pacific Journalism Review Robie, David (2015).
Advocating journalism practice-as-research: A case for recognition in the New Zealand PBRF context, , 25(1): 62-73. Asia Pacific Media Educator Robie, David (2014). Meltdowns and militarisation [Editorial].
, 20(2): 7-11. Pacific Journalism Review Robie, David (2014). 'Carbon colonialism': Pacific environmental risk, media credibility and a deliberative perspective,
, 20(2): 59-76. Pacific Journalism Review Robie, David (2014).
20(1): 35--60. Pacific Media Watch and protest in Oceania: An investigative free media case study. Pacific Journalism Review, Robie, David (2014).
Shooting the messenger, Pacific style. Media Development [Canada]. LXI(3); 6-10. Robie, David (2014).
Pacific Media Watch: beyond parochial news. Media Asia [Singapore], 41(3): 220-226. Robie, David (2014).
'Carbon colonialism': Pacific environmental risk, media credibility and a deliberative perspective. Pacific Journalism Review, 20(2): 59-76. Robie, D. (2013).
Coups, conflicts and human rights: Pacific media paradigms and challenges. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 22(2): 217-229. Robie, D. (2013).
Conflict reporting in the South Pacific: A critical reflexive approach in Timor-Leste and West Papua. Media Asia, 40(2): 147-161. Robie, D. (2013).
The talanoa and the tribal paradigm: Reflections on cross-cultural reporting in the Pacific. Australian Journalism Review, 35(1): 43-58. Robie, D. (2013).
'Four worlds' news values revisited: A deliberative journalism paradigm for Pacific media. Pacific Journalism Review, 19(1): 84-110. Robie, D. (2012).
Independent journalism in the South Pacific: Two campus-based media case studies in Fiji, New Zealand. Global Media Journal. 6(1): 1-10. Robie, D. (2012).
'Drugs, guns and gangs': Case studies on Pacific states and how they deploy NZ media regulators. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(1): 105-1. Robie, D. (2012). Peace journalism in the South Pacific: A critical reflexive approach to Timor-Leste and West Papua.
Media Asia. Robie, D. (2011).
Pacific Media freedom 2011: A status report, Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2): 148-186. Robie, D. (2011). The campus and the newsroom: Papua New Guinean media in education profile. In
Papoutsaki E, McManus M, Matbob P. (Eds.)., Communication, Culture and Society in Papua New Guinea: Yu tok wanem? Madang, PNG: Divine Word University Press; and Auckland: Pacific Media Centre. 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. (2010).
Pacific freedom of the press: Case studies in independent campus-based media models. Pacific Journalism Review, 16(2), 99-126. Robie, D. (2009).
Diversity reportage in Aotearoa: Demographics and the rise of the ethnic media. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(1): 67-91. Robie, D. (2009).
Diversity reportage in metropolitan Oceania: The mantra and the reality. Media International Australia, 132: 15-30. Robie, D. (2009).
Behind the Fiji censorship: A comparative media regulatory case study as a prelude to the Easter putsch. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(2): 85-116. 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.
. 4(1): pp. 3-16. Communication Journal of New Zealand 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.
(search for “Journalism Education in the South Pacific“) http://tala.usp.ac.fj/spydus.html 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:
. Sydney: Australian Press Council. Report and speeches
Robie, D. (2014).
Auckland: Little Island Press. Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, mayhem and human rights. Robie, D. (2005, memorial edition).
Auckland: South Pacific Books Ltd. . Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior Robie, D. (2004).
Suva: University of the South Pacific Book Centre. . Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education Robie, D. (Ed.) (2001).
The Pacific Journalist: A Practical Guide. Suva: University of the South Pacific Book Centre. Robie, D. (Ed.) (1995).
Nius Bilong Pasifik: Mass Media in the Pacific. Port Moresby: University of Papua New Guinea Press. Robie, D. (Ed.) (1992).
Wellington: Bridget Williams Books. Tu Galala: Social Change in the Pacific. Robie, D. (1989).
. (Trans. By Margareta Eklof). Hoganas, Sweden: Wiken Books. Och Varlden Blundar Robie, D. (1989).
Blood on their Banner: Nationalist Struggles in the South Pacific. London: Zed Books. Robie, D. (1986).
Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior. Auckland: Lindon Books.
Other books information
Rendezvous with the 'no nukes' Aneityum cover girl after 33 years. Vanuatu Daily Post, 3 September 2016.
NZ media 'ignore' Pacific's biggest story in spite of social media revolution. Asia Pacific Report, 4 July 2016.
Fear of reprisal puts limit on Pacific human rights journalism, say advocates. Asia Pacific Report, 21 April 2016.
Polar bear mojo for Rainbow Warrior skipper's environmental thriller. Asia Pacific Report, 9 April 2016.
Rainbow Warrior redux: French terrorism in the Pacific. Eyes of Fire: 30 Years On [Online microsite published by Little Island Press]. eyes-of-fire.littleisland.co.nz
Behind the elusive mythmaking over Fiji, West Papua. Pacific Politics [Online publication of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy]. Port Vila, Vanuatu, 15 December 2014.
Sedition, e-libel the new media front line, Pacific Politics [Online publication of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy]. Port Vila, Vanuatu, 24 April 2014.
E-libel laws the new front line in Pacific battle for press freedom, The Conversation, 3 May 2014.
East Timor takes on Australia in 'rip off' spy case with country's future on line. Pacific Media Centre Online, 20 January 2014.
East Timor's Independente champions genuine 'free press'. Pacific Media Centre Online, 20 December 2014.
Taking on the challenge of Timor-Leste's media in transition. Pacific Media Centre Online, 16 December 2014. Deliberative journalism,
The Fiji Times, 13 September 2012. Deliberative journalism - a robust approach for the Pacific,
Pacific Media Centre Online, 10 September 2012. Tonga's Moala calls for Pacific media unity,
Pacific Islands Report, 2 April 2012.
West Papua a media black spot, New Maltida e-magazine (with A. Perrottet), 24 October 2011.
The darker side of paradise, The Walkley Magazine, October/November 2010
Indonesia's Jawa Pos - a remarkable success story, Pacific Scoop, 16 July 2010
Fiji censorship by 'legal camouflage', The Walkley Magazine, May/June 2010
Fiji media fights on for free press, New Zealand Herald, 16 April 2010
, Asia Media News Daily, 14 May 2007 Researchers call for deeper understanding from coup reporters The Pacific in 2007:
, NZ Listener, 13-19 January 2007 Handle with care Fiji:
, NZ Listener, 23-29 December 2006 Democracy by the gun
, Asia Media News Daily, 8 December 2006 Censors and beat-ups in the South Pacific Revisiting French terrorism in the Pacific: Rainbow Warrior revelations, The Pacific Ecologist, Winter 2006, pp. 26-29.
, Spasifik Magazine, September 2005 The curse called Bravo
, The Waikato Times, 9 July 2005 At the end of the Rainbow
, Asia Media News Daily, 22 March 2005 The perils of South Pacific reporting Profile: The South Pacific round, The Dominion Post, 12 March 2005
(keyword search: David Robie) http://io.knowledge-basket.co.nz/nt/009-01.html
, Spasifik Magazine, March 2005 Coups, politics and the Pacific media Awards:
2015 - Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (Singapore) Asia Communication Award - for development communication programmes in France, Scandinavia and Timor-Leste.
2014 - Dean's Prize for Critic and Conscience of Society (jointly awarded with the Pacific Media Watch project)
2013 - Sabbatical and research grant in the faculty of Design and Creative Technologies.
2012 - Dean's Award for Research Excellence -
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.