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Welcome Mark Pearson . . . at Pacific Media 2024

Nau mai haere mai Mark Pearson!
A big welcome to Professor Mark Pearson of Griffith University who joined us as an APMN member last week on the opening day of the highly successful Pacific International Media Conference hosted by the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.  

Most of us would know Mark who has been a long-standing member of  the Pacific Journalism Review editorial board and it was great…

APMN's David Robie talks media challenges, education and decolonisation on Radio 531pi’s Pacific Mornings

PMN Pacific Mornings
A major conference on the state and future of Pacific media has been taking place in Fiji.

Dr David Robie, editor of Asia Pacific Report and deputy chair of Asia Pacific Media Network, joins Pacific Media Network's #PacificMornings in a live cross to discuss the event and reflect on his work covering Asia-Pacific current affairs and research for more than four decades.

Flashback for our PJR 30th birthday coming up this week in Fiji

FLASHBACK: Memories from an APMN-West Papua seminar on 28 June 2022 at the Whanau Community Centre and Hub with Laurens Ikinia (holding certificate), who had just been awarded the Storyboard Prize for his contribution to diversity media. Image: APMN
Shared by Nik Naidu (back row left):
Asia Pacific Media Network: 
- We celebrate 30 years of PJR, this coming week in Fiji
- With our Media Conference in partnership with The University…

Kia Ora Whānau #7

Asia Pacific Network News Updates #7/2024. 28 June 2024.
Kia Ora Whanau and Happy Matariki today.

APMN crew heading for Fiji for the 2024 Pacific International Media Conference
Five of our members have become the Asia Pacific Media Network contingent to the 2024 Pacific International Media Conference being hosted by The University of the South Pacific in Fiji next week.
And a sixth member, USP journalism programme head Associate Professor Shailendra…

Pacific Media Conference to celebrate 30th birthday of Pacific Journalism Review

COMMENTARY: By Mark Pearson
Journalists, publishers, academics, diplomats and NGO representatives from throughout the Asia-Pacific region will gather for the 2024 Pacific International Media Conference hosted by The University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, next month.

A notable part of the conference on July 4-6 will be the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the journal Pacific Journalism Review — founded by the energetic pioneer of journalism studies in the…

Former Green MP and ‘conscience of the year’ Keith Locke dies, aged 80

OBITUARY:  RNZ News/Asia Pacific Report
Former Green MP Keith Locke, a passionate activist and anti-war critic once described as “conscience of the year”, has died in hospital, aged 80.

Locke was in Parliament from 1999 to 2011, and was known as a human rights and nuclear-free advocate.

His family said he had died peacefully in the early hours this morning after a long illness.

Pictured above: Former Green Party MP…

Fiji coup culture - here we go again. More instability?

COMMENTARY: By Graham Davis, investigative journalist and publisher of Grubsheet.
Fiji Times totally crosses the line today by using a convicted felon who took part in the 2000 coup to call for the release of the coup frontman George Speight

Journalist Josefa Nata spent 23 years in prison for his part in the rebellion. He has served his time and deserves his freedom.

But he does not deserve…

The pen might be mighty, but in war it isn’t much protection

By Tira Shubart, for News Decoder, a global educational service
With the 156,000 allied troops who came ashore at Normandy on D-Day were 500 news reporters armed only with pens, paper, cameras and recording equipment.

On 6 June 1944, the biggest seabourne invasion in history was launched across the English Channel towards the French coast to establish a base and retake occupied Europe from Nazi Germany.

Known as D-Day — and…

50 years of challenge and change: David Robie reflects on a career in Pacific journalism

By Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor, manager of RNZ Pacific
This King’s Birthday today, the New Zealand Order of Merit recognises Professor David Robie’s 50 years of service to Pacific journalism.

He says he is astonished and quite delighted, and feels quite humbled by it all.

“However, I feel that it’s not just me, I owe an enormous amount to my wife, Del, who is a teacher and designer by profession, but she has…

Newshub closures: creating waves of change across the Pacific

By Alana Musselle of Te Waha Nui
Cook Islands News
, the national newspaper for the Cook Islands, is one of many Pacific news media agencies expecting change in the face of New Zealand’s Newshub closure next month.

The organisation has content-sharing agreements with traditional NZ media organisations including Stuff, New Zealand Herald, RNZ and TVNZ, and is dependent on them for some news relevant to their readers.

Cook Islands News

‘I can’t just stand back’: Kanak pro-independence activist follows mother’s footsteps

By Pretoria Gordon, RNZ News journalist
Jessie Ounei is following in her mother’s footsteps as a Kanak pro-independence activist.

Last Wednesday, Ounei organised a rally outside the French Embassy in Wellington to “shed light on what is happening in New Caledonia“.

She said there was not enough information, and the information that had been reported in mainstream media was skewed.

Pictured above: Kanak activist Jessie Ounei . . . trying…

New Zealand’s role in helping bring peace to Kanaky New Caledonia

COMMENTARY: By Teanau Tuiono
There is an important story to be told behind the story Aotearoa New Zealand’s mainstream media has been reporting on in Kanaky New Caledonia. Beyond the efforts to evacuate New Zealanders lies a struggle for indigenous sovereignty and self-determination we here in Aotearoa can relate to.

Aotearoa is part of a whānau of Pacific nations, interconnected by Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. The history of Aotearoa is intricately woven into the…