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Christchurch conference theme: Journalism under fire
Under the banner "Journalism under fire: Reputation, recruitment and retention", the conference theme is how the industry, the profession, journalism trainers and observers are responding to the sustained pressure journalism has come under in recent years.
"From rationalisation at APN and Fairfax to the leaching of audiences by emerging digital media to a longer-term loss of reputation, the news has not been good." (Call for papers)
Abstracts, due by 17 November, should be sent to Jim Tully at the University of Canterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals for papers, panels and workshops that contribute to the debate are warmly invited, including:
Presentations on teaching aspects of the journalism curriculum are invited. Suggestions for alternative formats to the academic paper session are particularly welcomed.
Registration is $195 for both days and includes the conference dinner at the International Antarctic Centre on the Monday evening. Registration form (pdf)
The conference is organised by the University of Canterbury Mass Communication and Journalism Programmes in association with the Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology, Aoraki Polytechnic and the Southland Institute of Technology. JT/AL
Call for papers (Word document).
JTO merger likely by end of year
A meeting in Wellington this week between the heads of both organisations led to the approval in principle of a new constitution for the merged ITO. This will now be submitted for confirmation to the two organisations’ governing councils.
Under the constitution, a sector committee will be responsible for journalism training and it is envisaged the present council will become the committee to determine training needs and policies. The next step will be to confirm operating rules for the committee. They too will be identical to the existing rules of the JTO.
New JTO chairman Clive Lind said approval for the merger had been received from Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson (pictured), who has also approved the new trading name. The Communications and Media ITO should be formed by the end of the year but the two organisations will run separate accounts for a year while the merger is bedded in.
“Under the Industry Training Act, ITOs have to be responsible for ensuring the quality of industry training both at education centres and in the workplace,” Lind said. “We’ve long managed the first but haven’t managed to achieve the second on a long-term basis.
“Already, with the help of PrintNZ’s staff and other advisers, we’re well on our way to establishing a workplace training programme that will work for radio, television and print journalists in April next year. While there remains a lot to be done, it’s great to see such progress both with the merger and workplace training. Eighteen months ago, the JTO’s future was not secure but, with co-operation from all our members and our respective industries, it’s now looking bright.”
Communication would be a key element to ensuring success, Lind said, adding that the JTO had been doing its utmost to ensure key people understood the proposed changes. Over the next year, the JTO and the sector committee would be concentrating on the workplace training programme and making sure all workplaces were aware of its potential.
He paid tribute to JTO executive director Mike Fletcher for his hard work. “This sort of stuff is sheer, solid grind and we owe Mike thanks for what he’s achieved. Once the new ITO is up and running, we know we will be achieving all our legal obligations, which the industry expects us to achieve. And we can then look at new opportunities for journalism training,” Lind said. CL/AL
In memory of Brian, man of ideas
Charles Riddle, head of journalism at Wintec, said: "Brian was a resolved defender of independent and clear thought and regularly challenged anyone - managers, fellow tutors, secretaries and, of course, students - in their thinking, demanding in a very smiling and positive, but forceful, way that they defend their points of view. He was a man of ideas and constantly moving forward."
Whitireia journalism head Jim Tucker said Brian was always there for his students. "Passing on his knowledge and experience to new generations was Brian Joyce's greatest and most lasting achievement. He leaves a wide legacy."
Brian died on Saturday, 27 September. Read tributes and memories from Jim Tully, Kim Griggs, Joanna Tennant, Paul Bowden, Ken Munro, Queenie Rikihana, Cathy Strong, Annabel Schuler, Charles Riddle and Jim Tucker. Anyone wanting to add their memories, please email email@example.com.
Schoeman new journalism co-ordinator at Waiariki
He has taught political science, journalism and advertising at a number of tertiary institutions in South Africa. Before joining Waiariki he was "package organiser" and lecturer for the BA Languages (specialising in journalism) degree at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Substantial stints in freelancing for radio and print media, as well as advertising and corporate communications, have given him a broad working experience and understanding within different media.
Jack holds a masters degree in international politics (University of Pretoria) and current research areas include: media industry (media ethics, media law and media landscape); journalism education and skills training; photojournalism; and creative writing processes, coaching methods and trends.
A completed novel is also looking for a willing publisher or agent to get published. Jack regards himself as a news junky and lover of the written word. AS/AL
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News Manual now available online
No access codes, registrations or subscriptions are required. The site has no advertising or sponsorship and is independent of any organisation, institution, government or commercial interest. Ingram says it is a labour of love and a work in progress. He welcomes feedback (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The News Manual online at www.thenewsmanual.net
Robert Fisk blasts '50/50' journalism at AUT seminar
Fisk says journalists ought to be objective and unbiased – “on the side of those who suffer”. He was speaking to more than 200 journalists, journalism educators, student journalists, civil rights advocates and academics at a recent Pacific Media Centre seminar at AUT University. The seminar was moderated by New Zealand journalist Jon Stephenson who has visited Iraq several times and reported extensively on the conflict.
Fisk, Beirut-based correspondent of The Independent, was in New Zealand on a promotion tour organised by Amnesty International for his latest book, The Age of the Warrior.
The PMC and AUT Television are producing a longer edited programme for use in journalism education.
PMC launches two Pacific media books
While the new books cover the wider South Pacific – and beyond into Asia – they are an important contribution to an understanding of the region and to “media justice”, de Bres says.
Speakers at the forum included Arlene Morgan, associate dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, New York, TVNZ’s Tagata Pasifika executive producer Taualeo’o Stephen Stehlin, and Pere Maitai, recently appointed news director of the Pacific Media Network.
Speaking on behalf of the co-editors of the Media and Development book, University of the South Pacific head of journalism Shailendra Singh and economics professor Biman Prasad, PMC director David Robie highlighted the political unrest and threats to media in post-coup Fiji.
PJR October edition