Official site of the Journalism Education Association of New Zealand Incorporated (Jeanz)
School to host 2007 Jeanz conference
The conference theme is: “The future for the mainstream: The changing demands on journalists and the challenge for journalism educators.” Topics could include society’s changing expectations of the media, political reporting, Maori media; Asian, Pacific, and other cultures’ media; and women in the media.
While papers on other topics will be considered, preference will be given to papers that address the theme. Presenters will have the opportunity to have their papers peer-reviewed. Those peer-reviewed papers accepted for the conference will be considered for a special issue of the academic journal Pacific Journalism Review.
The conference will feature speakers from the journalism industry, journalism education, and others with an interest in the area. There will also be a conference dinner on the Wellington waterfront.
Massey Journalism head and Jeanz president Grant Hannis said all those with an interest in the theme are encouraged to submit papers and register for the conference. He also said delegates from out of town should make the most of their stay.
“The conference is being held on a Monday and Tuesday, with a special research seminar on the Wednesday morning. We encourage delegates to stay for a few extra days to enjoy our fair city. After all, Wellington is the political and cultural capital of the nation.” GH/AL
For more details, please visit the conference website.
guest speaker at conference
staffer teaching Massey global journalism course
The paper goes beyond journalism produced in the United States, Britain and locally. It looks at how journalists in places like Russia and the Middle East perceive and report the news.
Dr McCulloch will be teaching the course on Massey’s Wellington campus. She has spent the past five years at The New York Times where she was a staff editor on the foreign desk and Sunday Book Review. She also spent time at the International Herald Tribune in Paris.
She says globalisation makes it more important than ever for people to understand international events and how they are reported. “The world is shrinking, and how you see the world is not necessarily how others see it.”
She hopes students on the global journalism course will gain a better understanding of the media, and how diverse the international media is. “I want the students to understand why there are different media approaches – political and philosophical – and the media’s social underpinnings.”
A graduate of the Massey journalism programme in 1982, when it was part of the Wellington Polytechnic, Dr McCulloch initially worked at Radio New Zealand and The Dominion. In 1990 she was on the new Rainbow Warrior when it investigated and protested French nuclear testing at Mururoa. Moving to the United States in 1993, Dr McCulloch completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Colorado. Her dissertation was on the morality of Kant.
She was working as a copy editor at The Denver Post in 1999
when two students murdered 13 people, wounded more than 20, and killed
themselves at Columbine High School. For its powerful coverage, the
team of reporters and editors who prepared the Post’s coverage of the
tragedy won the Pulitzer, one of journalism’s highest accolades. GH
adds video to its multimedia newsroom
Journalists of the future will need to know how to write for print, radio and the web and understand how to gather audio for podcasting, says Tucker, who saw how these approaches are being used at the world’s leading news website.
One uncertainty is apparent, however: what to do about the use of video cameras by reporters.
The Guardian has just appointed a video editor and will be setting up a video unit in its newsroom to join the recently established audio operation. Guardian managers believe short video clips will become an essential ingredient of its news website, but they are undecided about who shoots them – reporters or camera people.
Tucker believes the JTO in the next couple of years may need to review the decision to leave video news story telling out of the core for the diploma (at present it’s an option). He says it’s not hard to see future reporters wielding a video camera as their prime gathering tool – to capture moving images, still images, audio, and information from which to write print stories.
He was surprised to see that the Guardian has only just begun to merge its newspaper and website newsrooms, unlike some newsrooms in New Zealand (eg, the NZ Herald) where integration is advanced. (Cartoon: Malcolm Evans). JT
wins Qantas award
Jenny Macintyre collected her award at a gala dinner in Wellington in May. The prize included $500 from the Journalists Training Organisation.
“It was such a thrill to win,” Jenny said. “Journalists are curious and I think I won because my curiosity found me stories.”
Jenny submitted a portfolio of four stories in the Qantas competition, all published while she was a Graduate Diploma in Journalism student at Massey in 2006.
Her winning stories included one on the effects of Agent Orange on New Zealand Vietnam veterans and another on Maori concerns over an exhibit at a local museum. “I’m particularly proud that all four of my stories were picked up by other media,” Jenny said.
She paid tribute to Massey lecturer Alan Samson. “What I learnt from him is that for a story to be good you must rewrite, rewrite, rewrite!”
A mature student, Jenny said taking a year out of her life to study was a big decision, but one she is glad she made. Her determination to do well meant she soldiered on even after breaking her wrist just before the second semester started. She is now a reporter at the Sunday Star-Times.
Other recent Massey graduates also did well at the Qantas Awards. Yvonne Tahana (class of 2003) won the Maori issues newspaper feature writer category and Kimberley Rothwell (2004) was a finalist in the junior newspaper feature writer category. GH/AL
A third standard – one that extends word processing to include use of computer systems, copy transmission and archiving – has also been rejected because NZQA doesn’t think it is level 5 and it overlaps existing unit standards.
Most of the others need only minor tweaking. The JTO is still on target to get the standards up on the national framework in 2007. The old ones will officially expire in 2009, but the JTO hopes programmes will begin using the new ones as soon as possible.
publishes special Jeanz editions
PJR also plans to publish a special edition linked to the theme of this year’s Jeanz conference in April next year.
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