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2007 Jeanz conference
Wellington campus will host the country’s premier journalism conference
on December 10-12. It will focus on recent trends in journalism, and
the consequent challenges journalism educators face.
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.
Papers on other topics will be considered, but preference is given
to papers addressing the theme. Presenters can
have their papers peer-reviewed, and peer-reviewed papers that are accepted
will be considered for a special issue of the academic journal Pacific
will be speakers from the journalism industry, educators and others
with an interest in the area. The conference dinner will be on the Wellington
Bethany McLean, the New York financial journalist who helped expose
Enron, is the international guest speaker. She is generally regarded
as being the first journalist to raise doubts about Enron in a national
publication. McLean questioned in a 2001 Fortune article whether
Enron was the powerhouse everyone assumed it to be. While Enron’s accounts
gave the impression the company was making handsome profits, it was
heading for collapse. Thousands lost their jobs and pension savings.
She will give a keynote address, an after-dinner speech, and a research
to merge with print ITO
James Hollings reports: A merger with
the print industry ITO looks on the cards for the Journalists Training
Organisation. A JTO council meeting in early November agreed to recommend
to funding stakeholders a merger with the printers to form a new multimedia
Acting executive director Mike Fletcher said if the merger didn’t go
ahead the JTO would go out of business. He said it was also necessary
because the Tertiary Education Commission had given the JTO only until
April (08) to show good progress on a workplace training scheme, and
until October to implement one.
The Print NZ ITO was chosen as a merger partner following a recommendation
from independent consultant Graeme Talbot. A name for the new ITO required
further discussion. Amalgamation is subject to agreement by the JTO
and PrintNZ on a memo of understanding. It was also agreed that the
JTO management committee will continue to negotiate on behalf of the
JTO and report to the council.
There were no strong objections among council members to the proposed
amalgamation, provided the autonomy of journalism could be maintained,
it was financially viable, and the new organisation took account of
broadcast interests. Many speakers made the point that something had
to be done or the JTO would cease to exist and the journalism industry
would then no longer have any influence over the NZQA on setting standards
for journalism training.
Jim Tucker noted that a major reason to amalgamate with PrintNZ was
to keep the TEC funding of $5000/ student, and that ideally the JTO
should seek to apply for category B funding of $8500/ student.
James is the Jeanz representative on the JTO
Full report from JTO council meeting
programme and personnel changes
Institute of Technology's journalism programme starts 2008 with two
significant changes. Its qualification has been rewritten to incorporate
new skills journalists need today, also addressing the need for journalists
of all nationalities to be able to work in a diverse society. Called
the Diploma of Bicultural Journalism, the programme still deals with
training Maori in the media but will also prepare aspiring journalists
from other cultures for a media career.
Television and radio news figure strongly, as do technical skills in
both those areas as electives. The National Diploma in Journalism is
still incorporated and the programme runs over 18 months. “We hope the
changes will add currency and value to a programme which already has
a strong reputation, particularly in the area of Maori media,” says
Waiariki’s director of the School of Computing, Technology and Communications,
Annabel Schuler (right).
Taking over running the journalism area is Bruce Honeywill who comes
to Rotorua from with a history of working in outback Queensland and
the Northern Territory as a journalist, writer and documentary producer.
Honeywill wrote, produced and presented more than 15 documentaries for
a global audience. In 1996 he was appointed News Manager for indigenous-owned
Imparja Television Network where he established a half-hour news service
and a half-hour current affairs programme (News Reel).
In 1999 / 2000 while based in Darwin, he covered the conflict in East
Timor for various agencies. During this period he wrote and produced
the mainstream documentary “The Road to Freedom goes through Hell” broadcast
on the History Channel. From the late 90’s until 2004, Honeywill was
a senior journalist with the ABC working in radio and television. In
2006 he started an academic career at Central Queensland University
where he has developed and coordinated journalism courses.
Bruce is joined by Dave Kiel who has extensive radio experience and
Lani Kereopa who has worked in print and for Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell.
scheme on track for 08
Fairfax Media says the selection process for
its 2008 internship scheme is nearing completion. Editorial development
manager Clive Lind says the quality of applicants is high and he expects
the number of successful candidates to be above the 2007 intake of 17.
This year's target was 20 students and Fairfax had close to 130 applications.
Fairfax will reimburse students’ study fees and provide work in its
newsrooms. They will study at one of five institutions – the University
of Canterbury, Aoraki Polytechnic, Massey University, the Waikato Institute
of Technology and AUT University. AL
at JTO helm
Mike Fletcher has taken over from Jim Tucker
as acting executive director of the Journalists Training Organisation.
Jim has returned to teaching with Whitirea Community Polytechnic (see
Mike, who has spent 47 years in newspapers, has been associated with
the JTO and its forerunner, the Journalists Training Board, since 1980.
He says he is setting aside his chairmanship to undertake tasks to strengthen
the JTO’s long-term future. MF/AL
moose tale helps SIT recruit tutor
an around-about way, a front page story about a mythical moose helped
the Southern Institute of Technology bag a new journalism tutor. Stu
Oldham has joined the Peter Arnett School of Journalism after seven
years working as a reporter on some of the South Island’s biggest dailies.
He replaces Angelina Hamilton and Brett Larsen who both left in July.
The former museum worker graduated from the Aoraki Polytechnic to work
at the Press, the Southland Times, and the Otago
Daily Times. He was assistant chief reporter in the ODT’s Dunedin
newsroom when he wrote a series of stories that would ultimately lead
him back to Invercargill.
Detailing a scientist’s hunt for the long-lost Fiordland moose led to
a meeting with a Department of Conservation worker on his next visit
to Southland. One thing led to another, and the new couple soon had
a house in Invercargill. “You get a lot of time to think on the commute
to Dunedin, and it didn’t take me long to realise I wanted to contribute
more to my new home town,” Stu said.
“I’d always hoped I could take my experience as a journalist back to
the classroom, but I was never sure when would be the right time. Never,
that is, until I tested the water at SIT.” Stu joined SIT as a part-time
tutor early this year, teaching news writing on the one day a week he
worked in Invercargill for the ODT. Watching a new crop of certificate
students grow a passion for journalism convinced Stu that he was ready
to teach a craft that he loved.
“You live on adrenaline when you’re writing a good news story to deadline,
and you’d think that would be a hard thing to leave behind. But watching
students’ gather confidence and start to grow into journalists – that’s
a real high.” Stu will teach certificate, diploma, and degree courses.
He and his partner continue to follow the scientist’s hunt for the Fiordland
for Whitireia school
The Whitireia school is moving its base to central
Wellington and will run its next journalism diploma course from June
2008 to March 2009. New journalism manager Jim Tucker says the new graduation
date will give students little competition in the job market, since
most journalism graduates from New Zealand's 10 journalism schools emerge
October to December.
"By March each year, editors and media employers are looking to
replace staff who have decided over summer to move on or travel. By
then, there are no graduates around. Our grads will have plenty of job
opportunities to choose from." The Whitireia lead-up National Certificate
in Journalism (Introductory) will next start on 30 November, finishing
in time for graduates to move on to the diploma.
conference at AUT
A leading expert on digital convergence journalism
will address communication professionals and academics at an AUT University
conference on 27-28 November. The Missouri School of Journalism’s head
of Convergence Studies, Associate Professor Mike McKean, will speak
on media convergence and the communication revolution. Other speakers
include Associate Professor Stephen Quinn from Deakin University,
Sinead Boucher from Fairfax Media and Julie Starr, a New Zealand journalist
who has just returned from London’s Daily Telegraph.
Associate Professor Martin Hirst (right), AUT’s journalism curriculum
leader, says the media industry faces rapid change. "We’re moving
quickly from 20th century analogue media to a situation in the 21st
century where everything is digital and the media is now produced mostly
in bits and bytes.We can’t ignore convergence and can’t afford to play
catch up. We need to be leading the way.”
The big New
Zealand journalism survey
Underpaid, under-trained, under-resourced and
unsure about the future - but still idealistic. That's how Kiwi journalists
feel right now, according to The Big New Zealand Journalism Survey published
recently in AUT's Pacific Journalism Review by Massey/Waikato
University researchers James Hollings, Geoff Lealand, Alan Samson and
Elspeth Tilley. Based on 514 responses, the survey updates and extends
previous surveys, measuring attitudes to resourcing, news coverage,
ethics and standards, changing technology, ownership etc.
Full survey article (PDF)
wants more research on Maori and Pacific issues
Minister for Pacific Island Affairs Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has challenged
New Zealand media and educational institutions to boost investment in
research and coverage. Speaking at the launch of AUT University’s Pacific
Media Centre, she said the occasion was “tangible proof” that the university
had stepped up to the plate and was demonstrating sector leadership.
“This centre demonstrates that commitment to our cultural diversity,
but also to critical thinking and the pursuit of excellence,” she said.
Laban said Maori and Pacific issues needed to have a far greater representation
in academic research, mirroring the growing participation of Pacific
and Maori peoples in broader society.
She cited census figures projecting the Pacific population growth in
New Zealand between 2001 and 2021 to be 58 percent - to well over 400,000.
The Maori population would grow by 28 percent, to about 750,000.
“The increasing importance of these ethnic groupings is very clear,”
Laban said AUT more than held its own in terms of providing “meaningful
access” to Pacific students. Last year, 11 percent of the university’s
student body was made up of Pacific students – “well up on the national
average of around 6 percent”. DR/AL
Who's who at the PMC.
blamed for rash of political blogs
senior Fiji journalist believes the military is partly responsible for
the number of political blogs that have expanded the media landscape
in Fiji since the fourth coup in December last year.
Sophie Foster, a former deputy editor of The Fiji Times and
editor of Pacific Islands Monthly, says blogs flourished because
of the restrictions the military had placed on dissenting opinion in
the mainstream media and across the nation in general.
A postgraduate student in Pacific media studies at the University of
the South Pacific in Suva, Foster said that while some blog content
was racist, defamatory, provocative and irresponsible, the argument
for a free, responsible press was also strengthened as an option worth
maintaining in any society.
entitled, “Who let the blogs out? Media and free speech in post-coup
Fiji”, is published in the latest Pacific
The edition has been jointly produced by the University of the South
Pacific journalism programme and AUT University's Pacific Media Centre.
Foster says that in a climate where sources of information were running
dry, mainstream media were under fire and the military not averse to
“repatriotising” outspoken critics, blogs came into their own.
“Blogs presented a platform through which anti-takeover views could
be aired publicly, anonymously and without restriction,” she writes.
More details on the PJR website: www.pjreview.info
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