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Jeanz conference keynote speaker Dr Nasya Bahfen
Jeanz conference keynote speaker Dr Nasya Bahfen


Keynote speaker for Jeanz conference announced

An expert on identity, media and sport will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Jeanz conference, who'll be addressing the conference theme of "Creative tension - diverse form and function of the art and craft of journalism".

Dr Nasya Bahfen, who was born in Jakarta, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She coordinates the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) and teaches various undergraduate subjects, including sports journalism.

Nasya is also an Australian Football League Multicultural Community ambassador.

She was a journalist and producer for ABC Radio Australia, ABC Radio National, and SBS radio and online.

She was a member of a panel discussion on “How the identity lens shapes today’s stories”, during the 2018 East-West Center International Media Conference in Singapore.

Nasya is being brought to New Zealand by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Asia Media Centre.

Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity is hosting the Jeanz conference on December 13-14, in Dixon St, Wellington.

The conference will be broadly grouped around three topics:

- Journalism education for diverse audiences, using diverse tools and skills.

- Hard questions and creative answers for shrinking training options.

- Collegial feedback and discussion on teaching development.

Email your abstract (300 words maximum) as an attached Word document, with no author identification in the abstract, to Jeanz president Bernie Whelan at

The deadline for abstracts is October 26, 2018.

To register for the conference, click here.

Professor Folker Hanusch
Professor Folker Hanusch

Leading journalism academic visits Massey to discuss Maori journalism

Massey is hosting Professor Folker Hanusch on its Wellington campus over the next two months.

During his stay, Folker will be giving a research presentation on Maori journalism.

Based on a wide range of interviews conducted with Maori journalists in 2011 and 2018, the presentation will trace cultural values in Maori news work and explore the tensions that can arise within such an environment.

It argues that journalism scholarship needs to focus more on cultural influences, in order to achieve a better and broader global understanding of journalism that goes beyond traditional Western normative expectations.

Folker is Professor of Journalism at the University of Vienna, editor-in-chief of leading academic journal Journalism Studies, vice-chair of the Worlds of Journalism study (which studies journalism culture in nearly 70 countries), co-leads the 30-country study Journalism Students Across the Globe and is a co-editor of the forthcoming International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies

Originally from Germany, Folker spent many years in Australia and remains an adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology.

Folker’s presentation will be held at 4pm on Thursday, October 4, in Room 12B09 (aka “The Pit/Te Ara Hihiko”) on Massey’s Wellington campus (63 Wallace St, Mt Cook, Wellington). All are welcome.

For more details, please contact Associate Professor Sean Phelan at Massey:

Pacific Journalism Review editor professor David Robie and assistant editor Khairiah Rahman
Pacific Journalism Review editor professor David Robie and assistant editor Khairiah Rahman. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Dr Hermin Indah Wahyuni, Dr Vissia Ita Yulianto and Andi Awaluddin Fitrah.
Three of the Indonesian contributors to the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review, from left: Dr Hermin Indah Wahyuni, Dr Vissia Ita Yulianto and Andi Awaluddin Fitrah. Image: UGM

Joint Indonesian-Kiwi edition of Pacific Journalism Review published

The latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review features research papers on Indonesia, New Zealand and the Pacific, including a study on disaster survival narratives in the Indonesian media.

The edition was a collaboration between the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta and the Pacific Media Centre in AUT’s School of Communication Studies.

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji also contributed.

Pacific Journalism Review editor and Pacific Media Centre head Professor David Robie said this was the first joint edition of a media journal between Indonesia and New Zealand. He thanked all those at AUT and in Indonesia and Fiji for putting in the “enormous time and effort” needed to make the edition possible.

Maman Baboe of the Auckland Indonesian Community launched the edition at AUT, saying he looked forward to further such partnerships.

For more information, please click here.

NZ Diploma in Journalism at Whitireia closes

The New Zealand Diploma in Journalism (Level 5) will no longer be delivered by Whitireia Polytechnic in Wellington.

The polytechnic made the decision based on enrolment numbers, which have been declining for several years.

Whitireia will continue to offer journalism as a stream in the New Zealand Diploma in Radio Broadcasting (Level 5) at the polytech’s Auckland campus. 

Dr Merja Myllylahti

NZ news companies failing to reap financial benefits of digital traffic

Kiwi news websites are not converting into revenue the large amount of digital traffic they receive from Google and Facebook.

That's the conclusion of a recently published report written by Dr Merja Myllylahti and published by The Policy Observatory at AUT.

The report reveals that on average search engines and social media account for just over half of news websites’ traffic.

The report confirms that Google dominates New Zealand digital advertising and that Facebook is the country’s third largest news consumption platform.

The report concludes that digital platforms and news companies are mutually dependent, but this relationship is problematic because news companies are failing to monetise the traffic and attention they gain on these platforms. This, in turn, risks destroying news companies’ business model. 

To read the full report, click here.