Conference Communique: Journalism Education Association of New Zealand
Journalism educators are calling for action to support journalism at a time of falling student numbers and journalism
They want to see Government action and leadership from the industry to encourage more young people into journalism as a
Journalism is essential for a healthy democracy, and talented graduates are important for the future of profession which
is being revitalised with new start-ups, roles and platforms.
The 2018 Journalism Education Association of New Zealand Conference on December 13-14 included discussions with the
Minister of Broadcasting Kris Faafoi, and most major news organisations.
Association members agreed on the following statements and calls for action:
- JEANZ congratulates Broadcasting Minister’s Kris Faafoi’s commitment to work with industry to address concerns
about gaps in news coverage and its impact on democracy and diversity. The government is urged to consider the model
recently announced by the BBC for funding local coverage
- JEANZ accepts the invitation from Radio NZ General Manager Paul Thompson to facilitate a nationally co-ordinated
relationship between news media industry and education.
- A working group of members across teaching institutions is to explore a national student news website which
could contribute to this relationship.
- JEANZ wants to see more support for students and for the industry to produce good quality content.
- We also believe the Government could do more to support public interest journalism through measures such as
freeing up access to public information, and strengthening the role of the Ombudsman and freedom of information
- The careers.govt.nz website’s narrow description of journalism jobs and roles be either changed or removed, that
correct research be conducted on pay rates, and the ministry uses research other than job ads for its evidence given
that most jobs are not advertised. For example media organisations usually go directly to tertiary institutions, based
on existing relationships, when hiring.