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Busy agenda for Christchurch conference
The two-day Jeanz annual conference, themed The practice of journalism in an increasingly diverse society, will be hosted by the NZ Broadcasting School at CIPT on Wednesday and Thursday, December 1-2.
The conference dinner at the Christchurch Town Hall will be addressed by Lincoln Tan, a journalist-turned-businessman who organised an anti-racism march in Christchurch earlier this year.
Abstracts of conference papers have been supplied by Philip Castle, Yvonne Densem, Nadia Elsaka, Grant Hannis, Peter Northcote, Allison Oosterman, Venetia Sherson, Ruth Thomas, Jim Tully and Ndaeyo Uko. AL
CPIT is on Madras St. See grid reference T18 on Christchurch map
Jeanz grants go to AUT student and staffer
And congratulations to AUT journalism lecturer Allison Oosterman, the second winner of the annual JEA/Jeanz conference grant. Allison will give a paper at the JEA conference in Fiji next month, with her conference and travel expenses covered by the grant.
The judges felt her paper "Inky Wayfarers" would appeal to a conference of Australian journalism educators, as it discusses trans-Tasman journalism connections in the early 20th century. The research has been part of Allison's PhD study on New Zealand war reporting. She will present the paper in Christchurch before heading to Fiji. Allison was with the NZ Herald for five years, and edited a national food business publication for 14 years. She graduated with a Master of Arts (Hons) from AUT in 2000. The judges were pleased with the entries and say the grant is worthwhile to encourage beginning academics and maintain links with our Australian colleagues. RT/AL
Southworth to retire after 10 years at JTO helm
He says the most satisfactory aspects of his JTO job were to see the National Maori Journalism course at Waiariki get onto a sound footing, and "the development of a professional cadre of journalism teachers committed to industry standards-based courses".
He says he is retiring early partly due to a superannuation scheme negotiated by his union many years ago but mainly so he can finish the books in his bookcases (while he's not fly-fishing in a remote trout stream.) Bill had been a daily newspaper editor and a network television current affairs producer in New Zealand and Canada.
The executive director's position is expected to be advertised in November. BS/AL
Massey cuts graduate diploma intake to 25 students
The teaching year ended with a flourish at Massey with the presentation of the Alex Veysey award - $500 from the Dominion Post - to Derek Cheng. Derek was judged the student who best encapsulates the journalistic flair and love of life of the late Alex Veysey.
Post-exams, students were all on final three-week placements around the country, from Auckland to Invercargill. Four scholars have been selected for two-month stints at the Phnom Penh Post and the Shanghai Daily. Four others were in full-time work before the course ended.
The school has a new academic appointment: James Hollings, ex-longterm reporter and sub at the now-extinct Evening Post, more recently sub at Radio New Zealand, and director of the doco The Last Post (about the 2001 merger of the Post and the Dominion). He will join Dr Grant Hannis, Alan Samson and a soon-to-be appointed assistant lecturer.
Massey's extramural journalism courses for 2005 (non-vocational) have undergone a revamp, with papers available in a stand-alone Applied Diploma in Journalism, or as part of a new Bachelor of Communications degree. Papers available in 2005 include Introduction to Journalism; Freelancing and Feature Writing; Writing, Sub-editing and Publishing; News Media Processes (all Stage 2); and Public Relations; Media Law and ethics; Contemporary Issues in Global Journalism; and Environment and Science Reporting (all Stage 3). The Environment and Science Reporting option represents an exciting new direction in New Zealand, with its emphasis on both understanding science and New Zealand scientists, as well as the reporting. Other papers are in train. It is intended that the new Bachelors' degree will also to some degree feed the internal, vocational course. AS/AL
Waiariki gets another tick in JTO audit
Programme leader Annabel Schuler says she combined the visit from the journalists and ex-journalists (who are part of the advisory committee) with a panel discussion with students. This was lively and both "sides" enjoyed the interaction, says Annabel.
She adds: "It was an ex-Waiariki student of some years ago who was found to have plagiarized some material for a feature in the New Zealand Herald. Last week we had a senior journalist in talking to students who described how she had had to pull a feature together on an issue quickly and had used web-based material as her basis for the feature. Students and tutors agreed more work needs to be done in this area." AS/AL
Pacific programme sends students to Fiji
The Pacific Cooperation Foundation launched its media graduate placement (print) programme in September. The first recipients, Jonathan Dow (AUT) and Duncan Wilson (Canterbury University), start their one-month placement in Suva on November 8. Jon will work at the Fiji Times while Duncan is going to Islands Business.
Programme manager David Vaeafe says the foundation plans two print placements a year into the Pacific. Next year it will launch a placement programme for electronic media students.
Journalism schools in the Pacific at USP (Fiji), NUS (Samoa) and PNG University (Papua New Guinea) will be offered a programme to enable their students to come to New Zealand for work experience. Programme details: www.pcf.org.nz
New book challenges Pacific donor training culture
Jesson fund offers $3000 for quality journalism
Foundation chair Professor Andrew Sharp says the fund aims to foster the in-depth critical analysis that Jesson produced in Metro magazine, in books and in his own publication, The Republican. “Many people - journalists, academics, students, workers and people in all walks of life - have ideas for this kind of work, but can't afford to take the time off paid work, or need help with the cost of phone calls, books or travel,” says Sharp.
The first round of applications for the new fund earlier this year drew eight applicants. The award pool was split equally with grants of $1500 each to journalist Nicky Hager, for a book on New Zealand's alliance links with the US, Australia, Canada and Britain, and to community worker Tina McIvor for a study on the culture of the Ministry of Social Development's Benefit Control Unit.
Applications close on 21 January, 2005. Details at www.brucejesson.com
PJR looks at media ownership and democracy
Contributors include Bob McChesney, Steven Barnett and Geoff Lealand with an article based on his (modest) third national NZ journalist survey for the JTO. Another strong review section is featured.
Papers are now called for the September 2005 edition of PJR (11-2), which has the theme "Media accountability and ethics" in Australia, NZ and the Pacific. Professor Claude-Jean Bertrand, the Paris University authority on media accountability systems, is co-editing this edition. DR/AL