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Pacific Journalism Review Features Iraq Media War

Published: Mon 22 Sep 2003 09:40 AM
Pacific Journalism Review Features Iraq Media War
AUCKLAND (AUT Communication Studies/Pacific Media Watch): Pacific Journalism Review was published in New Zealand for the first time this week and features a series of articles about Iraq and the media war, Maori media constructing a Maori identity, and international coverage in the Pacific.
The journal, which has relocated to Auckland University of Technology from the University of the South Pacific, has been redesigned with wider international content along with the traditional Pacific media articles.
Contributors to the latest edition's theme devoted to wartime propaganda features articles by Guardian Weekly editor Patrick Ensor, independent Australian journalist and film-maker John Pilger, Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch presenter Russell Brown, Scoop website editor Alastair Thompson, and cartoons by Steve Bell (The Guardian) and Deven (Le Mauricien).
In the editorial, Associate Professor Barry King said PJR would continue to reflect critically on "the role of the media and journalism practice" in the Pacific region.
He also noted the next edition, featuring media ownership and democracy, would mark a decade of publication in the Pacific.
Editor David Robie said the stronger institutional base of the journal at AUT would now enable PJR to expand its academic research content as well as media industry analysis.
Other articles include an analysis of indigenous media in New Zealand by Maori Studies lecturer Ian Stuart, of the Eastern Institute of Technology, a research article comparing Pacific and international media coverage in The Fiji Times and The Australian by Folker Hanusch, commentaries on Fiji media by Richard Naidu and Sitiveni Ratuva, and a deconstruction of the Niu FM radio controversy by New Zealand Herald columnist Tapu Misa.
This 220-page edition of PJR also has an expanded Pacific and international book review section.
The journal will be launched by former Fiji Deputy Prime Minister Dr Tupeni Baba and Listener editor Finlay Macdonald at the Pacific Islands Media Association Aotearoa (PIMA) conference in Auckland on October 3.
Pacific Journalism Review: http://www.pjreview.info
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