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Project-based teaching new focus at Wintec
The team at Wintec are changing the way they teach the journalism curriculum. Charles Riddle and Richard Walker report that teaching in the news gathering and news writing fields is now based around projects. The project for semester one is the Maadi Cup rowing regatta at Lake Karapiro, and in semester two the project is based around the Fieldays agribusiness exhibition at Mystery Creek.

Charles says students are required to interview, photograph and then write their stories direct into Wintec’s CMS for publication. This means they all have to be able to sub-edit, select, caption and crop photos, write headlines, and standfirsts almost from week 1. They are also shooting video and are responsible for all social media.  He says students are loving the experience. “It is producing an energetic and motivated class.”

Once a week they have "learning point" sessions where students run a class reporting on what they learnt outside the classroom the previous week. 

Charles says the standard of submitted work can be a bit rough at this stage. “But we think it’s OK at  the beginning of a course.” (Photo: Katie Damsteegt/Waikato Independent)

Coverage of the Maadi Cup in the Waikato Independent:
http://www.waikatoindependent.co.nz

SIT closes its journalism school
The Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill has closed its journalism programme. Opened in May 1996, and known as the Peter Arnett School of Journalism, the 32-week programme taught the National Diploma in Journalism.

SIT’s Paddy Lewis said that for the past three or four years student numbers had been falling. While enrolments were around 15-20, only about six were completing the programme. Journalists who trained at SIT include Megan Martin (TVNZ), Tracey Roxburgh (ODT), Nathan Burdon (Fairfax), Fraser Mills and Peter Hodge (the founders of infonews.co.nz) and Nick Butcher (Radio NZ).

SIT is running a shorthand course this year so that four students (plus two Southland Times journos) can complete their studies.

WITT opts for mid-year start
The Western Institute of Technology journalism programme is switching to a mid-year start, at least for this year. This follows a drop in enrolments to only about six at the start of the year. Jayne Hulbert, a media studies tutor, reports that WITT initially considered delaying the start of the journalism programme by a few weeks. But in the end it decided on a mid-year (July) start. Jayne says her Level 3 media studies course may feed some students into the journalism programme which is taught by Jayne and Virginia Winder.

Leadership change at AUT
Verica Rupar has stepped down from the curriculum leader position at AUT's journalism school after two years in the role. The new curriculum leader is Helen Sissons (right). Helen joined AUT in 2007 as a senior lecturer. Before coming to New Zealand, she taught at the University of Leeds and spent 17 years in print and broadcast journalism in the United States and Britain, latterly working in television news at the BBC.

Her research interests are journalism practice and the future of journalism, and she has published scholarly articles and papers from her research.

Entries open for Jesson journalism awards
Applications for the two 2015 Bruce Jesson journalism awards close on Friday 18 September. The first award, the Emerging Journalism Prize for student journalists, offers $1000 for “outstanding recent work by New Zealand print journalism students”. It is nominated by New Zealand journalism schools for work by student journalists published between the closing date of last year’s award, 26 Sept 2014, and this year’s closing date 18 Sept 2015.

The second, a senior award, funds research costs of up to $4000 for projects that could be newspaper or magazine articles, reports on the internet, books, films, radio or TV documentaries. Projects must be “critical, informed, analytical and creative journalism or writing which will contribute to public debate in New Zealand on an important issue or issues”. Past winners include Nicky Hager, Max Rashbrooke and Rebecca Macfie for books; Jon Stephenson, Amy Richardson and Peter Malcouronne for magazine articles; Tina McIvor for a research report; and Alister Barry for his 2014 film on New Zealand’s climate change policies, Hot Air.

Entries for both awards will be assessed by the Foundation’s Journalism Sub-committee: Geoff Kemp (convenor), Camille Guy, Joe Atkinson and Simon Collins.

Applications and nominations can be submitted online, or mailed to the foundation’s secretary Dr Anita Lacey, c/- Political Studies Department, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland (a.lacey@auckland.ac.nz). The deadline is 5pm, Friday 18 September 2015.

PMC: Award-winning journalist on Gaza reporting realities
The Pacific Media Centre will be hosting Amira Hass (pictured), an award-winning Israeli journalist and author writing for the daily newspaper Ha’aretz and well-known for her independent reporting on Palestinian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, in a special seminar at AUT University on May 6.

Entitled “Dilemmas of a ‘non-objective’ journalist”, her public talk will be drawn from her experience as the only Jewish Israeli journalist who has lived fulltime among the Palestinians - in Gaza from 1993 and in Ramallah from 1997.

In other PMC news, a three-member team of postgraduate students – Alistar Kata, Mads Anneberg and Tom Carnegie – on assignment in Fiji for Pacific Scoop to cover the first post-coup general election last September won the annual Ossie Award for Best Use of Convergent media in Australia in November.

The birthday edition of Pacific Journalism Review drawing on peer-reviewed research papers from last November’s PJR2014 20th Anniversary conference is now in production and is expected to be published in June. “This edition has some strong research papers on topics ranging from asylum seekers to the ‘emerging secret state’ in Australia, Fiji media manipulation, ‘shield’ media laws, West Papuan news and New Zealand, logging and environmental issues with a special large format design,” said editor Professor David Robie.
“This will be one of the best editions we have done and really fitting to match our two-decades-old celebration last year.”

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