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VIDEO: Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging


Waka (or va’a) voyager and environmental advocate Schannel van Dijken talks about the Pacific and Samoan ocean sailing traditions and the challenges of climate change. Video: Pacific Media Centre

Monday, June 25, 2018

Item: 10182

By Hele Ikimotu AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): The president of the Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS), Schannel van Dijken, says humans cannot thrive without looking after our landscapes and seascapes.

As part of his work with the SVS, van Dijken and his team of volunteers sail across the Pacific on their waka, the Gaualofa – promoting the old tradition of navigating.

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AUDIO: Photographer Adam Ferguson on the brave young women of Nigeria


Winner of the World Press Photo Exhibition's People stories category: The image is of Aisha, aged 14. © Adam Fergusson for The New York Times.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Item: 10179

AUCKLAND (RNZ Sunday/Pacific Media Watch): The World Press Photo Exhibition is a contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers.

More than 80,000  photos from around 5000 photographers were submitted for this year's contest: just 45 photographers were awarded prizes.

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NZ: Students protest censorship, sexual assaults and job cuts at Otago uni


Students protest over censorship and staff cuts at Otago University. Image: Screen shot from ODT video

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Item: 10169

By Elena McPhee
DUNEDIN (Otago Daily Times/Pacific Media Watch): About 170 students braved freezing weather to march on the University of Otago clocktower brandishing signs opposing the disposal of editions of Critic magazine, university job cuts, and too much of a focus on marketing at a protest.

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GLOBAL: Gaza under siege – but Palestinians ‘will never give up’


Author Dr Ramzy Baroud speaking at the Auckland protest today ... reclaiming the Palestinian narrative. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Item: 10164

By Rahul Bhattarai
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): US/Palestinian author and a journalist Dr Ramzy Baroud vowed today that Palestinians would never be defeated by the Israelis and they would never cease to fight for their freedom.

“Sisters, brothers, comrades and friends, Gaza is under siege, their people are dying in droves, their children are denied the most basic human rights,” he told a rally of about 400 people protesting in Auckland’s Aotea Square in support of Palestinian human and land rights.

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REGION: Spasifik magazine features PMC's 'conflict' photojournalism book


A photo by Vlad Sokhin in the book.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Item: 10161

AUCKLAND (Spasifik Magazine/Pacific Media Watch): The Pacific Media Centre celebrated its 10-year anniversary in December 2017, simultaneously launching an investigative photojournalism book on the region.

The book, Conflict, Custom & Conscience: Photojournalism and the Pacific Media Centre 2007-2017, was edited by Jim Marbrook, Del Abcede, Natalie Robertson and David Robie.

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NZ: Martyn Bradbury: Still awaiting the birth of a real Fourth Estate


Daily Blog editor Martyn Bradbury ... "are these people the ones to protect our democracy?" Image: The Daily Blog

Friday, May 18, 2018

Item: 10159

By Martyn Bradbury, editor of The Daily Blog
AUCKLAND (The Daily Blog/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): I was fortunate enough to get a guest ticket to go along with Voyager to the NZ Media Awards last week. It’s a big moment for Voyager, they are stepping up to sponsor the awards because their leader and founder, Seeby Woodhouse, believes passionately in journalism.

I support his vision, and who am I to turn down an open bar?

It’s a rich, white, rich kinda room.

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REGION: RNZ enters content partnership with Pacific Media Centre


RNZ Pacific ... "Our Pacific journalism has long been recognised for its quality".

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Item: 10158

WELLINGTON (Radio New Zealand/Pacific Media Watch): RNZ has announced a formal content sharing partnership with the Auckland-based Pacific Media Centre – Te Amokura. The arrangement will allow content from rnz.co.nz, The Wireless, and respective RNZ YouTube channels to be published by the Pacific Media Centre.

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REGION: Apply now - PCF announces 2018 Pacific media internships


Internship period: June 24-July 9. Application deadline: May 18

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Item: 10155

AUCKLAND (Pacific Cooperation Foundation/Pacific Media Watch): The Pacific Cooperation Foundation is now accepting applications from New Zealand and Pacific-based journalism/media students who wish to gain a unique opportunity to intern with regional news and media organisations in the Pacific region.

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REGION: PMC director condemns ‘targeting’ of journalists and silence on West Papua


Professor David Robie ... critical of lack of New Zealand media coverage of a major regional issue - self-determination for Papuans. Khairiah A. Rahman/PMC

Friday, May 4, 2018

Item: 10148

By Jean Bell
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): An alarming number of “targeted” journalists being killed and West Papua media for independence were just some of the topics covered in a wide-ranging seminar by the director of the Pacific Media Centre last night.

Professor David Robie called for the media, universities and journalism schools to take their Pacific “backyard” more seriously and not just wait for crises to happen.

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Pacific Media Watch contributing editor 2018

Jean Bell is Pacific Media Watch contributing editor in 2018.

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GLOBAL: Another Facebook photo ‘community filtering’ policy failure


The Facebook "censored" Ben Bohane image after a "facelift" by the Vanuatu Daily Post.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Item: 10140

COMMENTARY: By Colin Peacock
WELLINGTON (RNZ Mediawatch/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Facebook has been under fire for some time for distributing misinformation and fake news to a potential audience of around two billion users. Only now is it making a concerted effort to filter it out.

But Facebook has also faced criticism for the ways in which it has filtered the news in the past.

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