REGION: Pacific Journalism Review wins international award
Thursday, January 20, 2011
SUVA: The Pacific Journalism Review, which was based at the University of the South Pacific as part of the Journalism Programme for five years, has won a "Creative Stimulus Award" for academic journals in the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Creative Industries.
The journal, which is into its 17th year, is now published by the Auckland University of Technology's Pacific Media Centre in New Zealand. It was one of five international journals to receive awards late last year in Beijing, China.
Director of Pacific Media Centre at AUT, Associate Professor David Robie, is the founder and the managing editor of the journal. He is also the former Head of Journalism at USP, where the journal was based during his tenure.
The PJR’s award citation said that in view of its "innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics" the journal was being awarded the title of "Motivated Thinking Periodical".
The current Head of Journalism at USP, Shailendra Singh, highlighted that AUT and USP had produced joint editions of Pacific Journalism Review, such as the September 2007 edition on "Media and Digital Democracy".
Many USP staff have also contributed peer-reviewed articles to the journal over several years, including the October 2010 edition on "Media freedom in Oceania".
Singh said PJR, established at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994, was the authoritative journal on Pacific media issues.
He added that USP was proud to be associated with the journal, and to have contributed towards its development and progress over the years.
PJR, said Singh, had made regular and exceptional contributions to scholarly research in the region.
Other journals honoured at the Fifth Creative China Harmonious World International Forum on Cultural Industries include the British-based International Journal of Cultural Studies. - USP News/Pacific Media Watch