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PACIFIC JOURNALISM REVIEW: 20th Anniversary Conference and Celebration

Celebrated journalist and filmmaker Max Stahl of East Timor. Image: Journal de Noticias

Pacific Journalism Review, Pacific Media Centre

4 June, 2014


Programme includes:
- Investigative journalism
- Documentary films
- Media industry panels
- PJR celebration

The Pacific Media Centre's research journal Pacific Journalism Review is marking its 20th anniversary on November 27-29 with a two and a half-day Asia-Pacific conference and celebration at the state-of-the-art media precinct in the Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University. Editorial board members, reviewers, researchers and contributing authors are especially encouraged to join us for this event. A general invitation is also extended to all interested people to offer papers, give industry talks, provide panel discussions and present documentary film workshops. The conference organisers are especially interested in any papers around the themes of asylum seekers, elections across the South Pacific, climate change and political transitions. Selected peer-reviewed papers will also be published in the May 2015 20th Anniversary Special edition to be published in book form.

If you’re going to JEAA in Sydney, come on to the PJR conference and enjoy Auckland, the “City of Sails”, for the weekend. You could even carry on to Christchurch for the JEANZ conference.

Keynote addresses and highlights include:

  • ·         Celebrated journalist and filmmaker Max Stahl of CAMSTL-Tekee Media from Timor-Leste - the man who exposed the 1991 Indonesian massacre at Santa Cruz cemetery to the world and who has documented the first decade of the life of a new nation:

    Timor-Leste is perhaps the first nation in history to have achieved its independence through the power of audiovisual images reaching out to the international community. These images of bravery and peaceful commitment, which inspired people around the world to share in an international intervention to foster a new nation, are a precious inheritance to the Timorese … The struggle was a struggle won by ideas.

    - The unique story of this new democracy and an ongoing struggle for a free media is being recorded and documented by the Max Stahl Active Archive and Cultural Resource Centre in Dili, which in 2012 was declared a UNESCO World Memory Heritage Site.
  • ·         New Zealand film maker Jim Marbrook with a special presentation around his new investigative documentary on nickel mining on indigenous lands and human rights in New Caledonia - Cap Bocage.
  • ·         Dr Lee Duffield from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, with a comparative history research paper about Pacific Journalism Review, founded in Papua New Guinea.
  • ·         A short documentary by Sasya Wreksono, The Life of Pacific Journalism Review, which will be screened during an Anniversary Celebration on the Friday evening.
  • ·         Papers, presentations and documentaries by many editors, contributors and editorial board members, including founding editor professor David Robie, associate editor Dr Philip Cass, Frontline editor professor Wendy Bacon, professor Barry King, professor Mark Pearson, professor Chris Nash, associate professor Trevor Cullen, associate professor Evangelia Papoutsaki, Sandra Kailahi, Shailendra Singh, Kalafi Moala and cartoonist Malcolm Evans.
  • ·         A city tour and special Flavorz film festival and Pasifika programme on Saturday at our Manukau campus in South Auckland.

Pacific Journalism Review was launched at the University of Papua New Guinea in November 1994.

Registrations and the Call for Papers are now open. Earlybird deadline: August 31
Full list of suggested theme topics are listed on the conference home page and on the attached CfP.

Conference home page

PJR website

PJR conference newsfeed

Updates on PMC Facebook event page

About the authors

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Pacific Journalism Review

Research journal

Pacific Journalism Review, published by AUT's Pacific Media Centre, is a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

ISSN 1023-9499

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The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.


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