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Massey commits to unit standards
Although Frank Sligo, the head of Massey's department of communication and journalism, has publicly raised reservations with unit standards (PJR, Vol 10), Sligo says staff teaching the course are free to teach unit standards if they wish.
Working alongside Hannis at Massey's journalism school is Alan Samson, who was recently promoted to full lecturer. The departure of other staff members means the school is recruiting new staff.
Massey's extramural diploma is being overhauled. To increase student numbers, the course is moving towards a more academic study of journalism. Massey is also introducing an academically-oriented News Media major as part of its Bachelor of Communication. This strategy is supported by the journalism school. It is hoped that top graduates of these programmes will form at least part of the cohort of students moving into the on-campus vocational course. GH/AL.
Jeanz conference: Call for Papers
Preference will be given to papers based on the theme, but papers on all journalism topics - including those dealing with practical aspects of journalism education, or which offer an academic reflection on training issues - will be considered. Call for Papers
Two $300 travel scholarships are available to fulltime journalism/media studies students of Maori and/or Pacific Islands descent who want to present an academic paper at the conference. The scholarships are provided by Massey University and Waiariki Institute of Technology.
Fiji school to host JEA conference
Sherson appointed editor-in-residence at Wintec
She has established a fortnightly press club for students and journalists working in the greater Waikato area. The 90-minute sessions are led by journalists or a panel who discuss major news or issues relating to journalism.
Sherson will also work with students on four publications during 2005. Students are currently producing a newspaper focused on the local body elections and younger voters.
Sherson spent the first month of her appointment visiting the editors of major metropolitan and provincial newspapers to discuss journalism training. She says most editors were pleased with the standard of graduates but there were concerns about ongoing training in the workforce. "There was also some concern that students were not well prepared for the reality of newsrooms, especially the pressure of deadlines and the workload."
A journalist for 35 years, Sherson edited the Waikato Times from 1997-2003. In January, she was awarded an ONZM for services to journalism. VS/AL
Tucker joins Sunday newspaper battle
Daily News senior reporter/columnist Gordon Brown will take his place. Brown is standing for the New Plymouth District Council in October, giving him a new perspective on local body reporting.JT
Wintec students produce daily for National Fieldays
Students wrote, photographed and designed the full-colour paper. About 2000 copies were distributed between 6am and 8am, each day of the Fieldays. Students used digital cameras, cellphones and InDesign to produce the paper to a daily 4pm deadline. The paper was well received and the Fieldays organisers have asked Wintec to produce it again next year. CR
Columbia Journalism School visit successful
Extra projects keep SIT students busy
Four diploma students are putting together a booklet to celebrate the 125th jubilee of South School, an interesting project considering it is one of the schools marked for closure. Several diploma students are involved in SIT on the Couch, a news magazine programme on Southland TV which is screened nationwide on Channel 90 on Sky. One of the participating students is reading the news on Southland TV three times a week as well. LvU/AL
Journalist survey in next Pacific Journalism Review
This follows the April edition, themed "The public right to know", published with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (University of Technology, Sydney ). The editors were Chris Nash (UTS) and David Robie (AUT). If you missed out on a copy, it is available from Dominic O'Grady at the ACIJ at A$30 a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Journalism Review now publishes twice a year. Bernie Griffin is the Jeanz nominated member on the editorial board. Subscription information and calls for papers for forthcoming issues - "Media and the indigenous public sphere" (April 2005) and "Ethics, accountability and the media" (September 2005) - are available on the journal's website. DR/AL
Canterbury programme part of new school
The first New Zealand Ph.D in Journalism was awarded at Canterbury last December to Laura Sessions who examined the reporting of science in the New Zealand media. She was a graduate in plant and microbial science before embarking on the doctorate. A second Ph.D (in mass communication) was awarded in July to Nadia Elsaka who examined the emergence of journalism as a profession in New Zealand. She looked at the strategies used by journalists to claim professional status since the 1890s.
Tully has meanwhile received a grant from the Ministry of Youth Development to report on the implementation of the Ministry of Health resource, Suicide and the Media. JT/AL
Te Waha Nui a fortnightly production
Te Waha Nui's editors are taking a course called News Production, introduced into AUT's journalism programme this year and run by tutors David Robie and Allan Lee. Students take on roles including chief reporter, design editor, picture editors, layout subs etc. They swap roles for each of the four editions this semester.
Te Waha Nui first published in November 2003, with a second edition in June this year. While earlier editions had a heavy news focus, the August 23 paper currently circulating includes features, reviews, editorials and cartoons. It also has new columnists including Dr Paul Moon, an expert on treaty issues, Sudesh Kissun, whose piece on Fiji was picked up by Radio New Zealand International, and student Patrick Crewdson. AL
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