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Conference to open with “Disrupted journalism, disrupted journalism education” session



Journalism industry disruption and its flow-on effect to education and training is the subject of the opening session of the 2018 Journalism Education Association of New Zealand Conference.

Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi will formally open the conference at Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity.

Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Board Member of Radio New Zealand, will be the opening speaker and facilitate the disruption session which is being sponsored by the Wellington City Council. 

Melissa is a board member of Radio New Zealand and a specialist in digital disruption. She has been a CEO of a number of technology companies, and is on the boards of government agencies as well as high growth technology companies. Her background includes online, TV and computer gaming. She works as a digital strategist, and mentors widely in the international startup community.

Melissa Clark-Reynolds (Image: Otago Daily Times)

Yusuf Omar (Image: Ameen Saeb)

The session will be a mix of presentations, an industry panel discussion and a Facebook Live cross to a journalist and an international trainer who pushes the boundaries of storytelling. 

The news media industry panel includes Paul Thompson from RNZ, Mark Stevens from Stuff, Katrina Bennett from NZME and Adam Ray from Newshub, and Bernard Hickey from Newsroom.

The session will join a Facebook Live cross overseas to Yusuf Omar, Thomson Foundation Mobile Journalist of the year 2016, a former CNN senior social media reporter, and mobile editor for the Hindustan Times responsible for 750 journalists across 27 offices. Yusuf trains internationally for creative mobile journalism with major news organisations, communities and individuals. His current project can be found on the Facebook page hashtagourstories

The session is inspired by stark contrasts currently in our industry. On the one hand there are so many more exciting platforms for journalism and institutions exploring forms of practice, particularly creative thinking and tools. On the other there are issues of falling numbers of journalism education enrolments, programme closures, anecdotal evidence of news organisations struggling to get the right applicants, and increasing numbers of graduates choosing not to go into journalism. 

The disruption session is part of a full and interesting programme for JEANZ 2018.

Yusuf Omar (Image: Ameen Saeb)


Keynote Speaker: Nasya Bahfen


The afternoon session “Diverse voices” features keynote speaker Dr Nasya Bahfen from La Trobe University in Melbourne. Nasya is being brought to New Zealand by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Asia Media Centre.

She will join a panel facilitated by Dr Tara Ross from Canterbury University, and comprising Dr Steve Elers from Massey University, Tiriti educator Jen Margaret from GroundWork, and Moera Tuilaepa RNZ’s Pacific team leader. The panel will consider diversity among students, and how schools expand the capacity for all students to be conscious of diversity in their practice.

There will also be presentations during the conference on various journalism issues from researchers and educators, including a Friday morning session focused on teaching practice. 

The research papers can be on any topic that broadly relates or be of interest to journalism educators in NZ. 

Anyone who wishes to present and has not yet forwarded an abstract, please do so to JEANZ president Bernie Whelan at Email your abstract (300-word maximum) as an attached Word document, with no author identification in the abstract. 

Registrations are open for the conference here:


Conference 2018

About the conference


Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity is hosting the JEANZ conference on December 13-14, in Dixon St, Wellington.

The conference will be broadly grouped around three topics:

- Journalism education for diverse audiences, using diverse tools and skills.

- Hard questions and creative answers for shrinking training options.

- Collegial feedback and discussion on teaching development.

Email your abstract (300 words maximum) as an attached Word document, with no author identification in the abstract, to JEANZ president Bernie Whelan at

The deadline for abstracts is October 26, 2018.

To register visit Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity 

Keynote Speaker: Nasya Bahfen


An expert on identity, media and sport will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 JEANZ conference, who'll be addressing the conference theme of "Creative tension - diverse form and function of the art and craft of journalism". Dr Nasya Bahfen, who was born in Jakarta, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She coordinates the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation) and teaches various undergraduate subjects, including sports journalism.

Nasya is also an Australian Football League Multicultural Community ambassador.

She was a journalist and producer for ABC Radio Australia, ABC Radio National, and SBS radio and online.

She was a member of a panel discussion on “How the identity lens shapes today’s stories”, during the 2018 East-West Center International Media Conference in Singapore.

Nasya is being brought to New Zealand by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Asia Media Centre.