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Anna Majavu is the Pacific Media Watch freedom project contributing editor for 2014.

She is an MPhil journalism student in the School of Communication Studies attached to AUT's Pacific Media Centre. She studied undergraduate journalism at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa in the 1990s and since then has worked as a journalist, subeditor, researcher, advocacy officer, legal advisor and publicist for organisations such as the South African Municipal Workers Union, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance and Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce,

Majavu's most recent fulltime journalist position was as the Sowetan newspaper's parliamentary correspondent in South Africa, between 2008 and 2011, where she broke many front page stories.

She also won a writing fellowship from Panos news agency in London, focusing on the struggle of oppressed South African women to own their own homes. Majavu has also been published in The Guardian and Sydsvenskan (Sweden).

During 2013, she was a regular contributor to Pacific Scoop and the South African Civil Society Information Service.

Majavu was born in Zimbabwe to Kiwi-Scottish parents and grew up in South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 2011. She currently works part-time in the Auckland office of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance - the Australasian union for journalists, actors, film crew and musicians.

Majavu is new to the Pacific region, but has taken a keen interest in issues such as press freedom, anti-racism and the involvement of multinational corporations in the oppression of indigenous Pacific citizens.

Anna Majavu's stories on PMC Online

Anna Majavu's stories on Pacific Scoop

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Daniel Drageset, 28, is a Norwegian radio journalist enrolled in the Master in Communication Studies degree at AUT University.

From Ålesund, Norway, Drageset completed his Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University College of Volda in 2008, majoring in radio journalism.

Drageset worked as an all-round radio news reporter in the nationwide public service broadcaster Radio Norge from June 2008 to January 2012. In 2010, he received the Norwegian Radio Talent of the Year Award, winning a NZ$3200 prize. He was nominated for the best feature radio stories of the year in both 2011 and 2012, and was a highly recognisable "voice" in Norwegian radio.

“One of the appealing aspects of working at Radio Norge was the diverse tasks I was set to do. One day I could interview the prime minister, another day I could interview African prostitutes trawling the main street of Oslo trying to sell their services in biting cold weather," he says.

"I cherish the opportunity to voice the opinion of sources that are rarely heard in mainstream media. I found that to be true when I interviewed the African prostitutes, which were a group of people never before heard in Norwegian media. I have a wide range of interests, and I love to explore all kinds of topics, something I think is a vital quality to have for a journalist.”

The most dramatic moment of his career happened on 22 July 2011, when Norway experienced two terror attacks, leaving 77 people dead. Drageset was at work in the capital of Oslo when the bomb struck just 400m away from the newsroom of Radio Norge.

“I had never thought I would experience a terror attack in my life. Experiencing such a traumatic event as a journalist led me to the realisation that I should never take anything for granted. Even though you think you are in a safe place where nothing happens, that can literally change the next second.”

While Drageset is new to the Pacific region, he has taken a keen interest in issues such as climate change, conflicts and press freedom. He has visited both Samoa and Tonga, and has been appointed Pacific Media Watch contributing editor for 2013. He also won the inaugural Pacific Scoop internship for semester 2.

Daniel Drageset stories on PMC

Daniel Drageset stories on Pacific Scoop


 

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Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

He holds a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Robie was head of journalism at both the University of Papua New Guinea and USP in Fiji for a decade and has been a resource person for media workshops in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.  He was the 1999 Australian Press Council Fellow, winner of the 2005 Pacific Islands Media Freedom Award (PIMA) and a 2009 'Atenisi University Fellow, Tonga.

He is the founding director of the Pacific Media Centre and editor of Pacific Scoop and PMC Online. Among a range of research and publication activities, he was co-founder of Pacific Media Watch, New Zealand correspondent for Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) and a Pacific researcher for Freedom House.

Founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review, David is also the author of nine books on Asia-Pacific media and politics, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education. In May 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

His blog is Cafe Pacific

His AUT staff academic profile

Promoting Asia-Pacific Journalism

David Robie appointed professor at AUT

David Robie on NZ Herald Online

Order David Robie titles at Wheelers Books

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Del Abcede, a former AUT design student, does the layout/production of the PMC research journal Pacific Journalism Review and book publication designs, including Being the First.

She also edits the PMC newsletter Toktok.