Journalism, Media and Democracy Research Centre

Agenda 2020 - New Zealand Media Futures Symposium

27-28 April 2017

Agenda 2020 is a deliberate attempt to encourage debate about the media and its audiences in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This agenda is both connected to the electoral cycle and engineered to look beyond it. The 2017 general election gives media academics, workers, owners and audiences an opportunity to re-engage with media policy in New Zealand – an area that has slipped from political debate in recent years. This is critical work, as the way New Zealanders understand the issues that shape our society are heavily influenced by the media that they engage with. As we move closer to the 2017 general election, we have an opportunity to scrutinise political parties’ media policies and to put forward questions and solutions for debate. The name Agenda 2020 reflects both media power in framing information and the intention of the project – to meet, debate, and resolve issues in order to create solutions. We begin this work with a free symposium at AUT in April 2017.

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The AUT Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) was established in 2010 to promote research and advance knowledge about the media and communication industries, news and journalism professional practices.  

Quality news media are a crucial element of functioning democracies and regular analysis of them is particularly pertinent at the current historical juncture.  Media ecology is rapidly changing, and evolving news forms, discourses, technologies, and economies are transforming communication practices among citizens, media, political leaders, and democratic processes.

The centre advances the following themes:
  •     Media and the public sphere
  •     Political economy of media organisations
  •     History of journalism and media
  •     Journalism and democracy
  •     Journalism and human rights
  •     Journalism, law and ethics
  •     Media and journalism in the digital age
  •     Global media and communication


Associate Professor Wayne Hope  (Co-director)
Associate Professor Verica  Rupar (Co-director)
Merja Myllylahti (Project Manager)


Journalism, Media and Democracy Research Centre
School of Communication Studies
AUT City Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

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