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Site updated February 2017

Jeanz conference 2017

The 2017 Jeanz conference will be held at Waikato Institute of Technology’s Journalism School in Hamilton, New Zealand, June 29-30, 2017. The conference theme is: “Training journalists in a time of upheaval”.

The conference venue is in A107, which is on the first floor of A Block in the middle of the campus. Here is a map
Please note there is no public parking on campus. If you want the conference hosts to arrange guest parking please contact Charles Riddle as soon as possible (
The conference dinner is at the well-reviewed Cafe Centrale in Alma St in the central city. It is a 10-minute walk from the campus and from most hotels (it across the road if you're staying at the Ibis). The menu is here.

To register for the conference, please go here.

The conference programme is available here.

Note the conference is being held in JUNE, not the usual month of December. The earlier date will give members the opportunity to discuss and develop a new moderation regime.

The conference hosts welcome papers on the theme, and on journalism education and practice generally. Email your abstract (max. 300 words) as an attached Word document, no author identification in the abstract, by June 14, 2017, to Charles Riddle:

Please feel free to submit your abstract before the deadline. The conference organisers will get back to you within a fortnight with a decision on acceptance.

Australian researchers interested in presenting a paper at the Jeanz conference should consider applying for our scholarship that waives the registration fee for one Australian delegate. Click here for details.

Competenz to exit journalism workplace training

Competenz will be out of journalism workplace training by the end of the year.

In 2016 Competenz consulted with industry representatives over the future and relevance of its workplace-based journalism diploma (Level 6) in an increasingly disruptive, digital age.

After careful consideration, Competenz decided the workplace-based qualification was not sustainable. Competenz said the decision was not taken lightly and it remained committed to ensuring all enrolled students have the chance to complete their training with minimal disruption.

Competenz would support its existing learners through to 31 December 2017.

It is expected that Wintec, Otago Polytechnic and Whitireia will take over delivering similar qualifications from 2018.

In a related move, Competenz will close its journalism bookshop at the end of 2017. It is working with the authors to find new publishers.

For more details, contact Patricia Brooking, Competenz’s industry manager for journalism: or 027 445 4116

Pacific Journalism Review available on new online site

Featuring a special section on journalism education in the Pacific, the latest issue of Pacific Journalism Review has been published online on the new Tuwhera site.

Tuwhera, which means “be open”, is an open-access site supported by AUT University.

Associate Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa is quoted in in the issue’s editorial as saying journalism is central to the public interest in the Pacific.

Acting editor Dr Philip Cass writes about Wansolwara, the longest-running journalism school newspaper in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year, it celebrated 20 years of publishing in Fiji.

Dr Shailendra Singh and Eliki Drugunalevu assess three case studies of cyberbullying against truth-seeking student journalists in Fiji.

Managing editor Professor David Robie, who was on sabbatical last year, analyses the transformation of Pacific Scoop into Asia Pacific Report, the campus-based digital publication with the widest reach in the region.

Dr Alexandra Wake reports on her research into Australian post-conflict journalism training initiatives in Solomon Islands, while Emily Matasororo reflects on the national university upheaval in Papua New Guinea last year which climaxed in police shootings that left at least 23 people wounded.

Dr Matt Mollgaard examines the role of Radio New Zealand International as a source of information and a tool for “soft power” in the region.

Tongan publisher, broadcaster and media freedom campaigner Kalafi Moala rounds off the Pacific section with some closing comments.

The issue also features a major research report on the state of New Zealand journalism (conducted as part of the Worlds of Journalism Study), a Frontline “journalism as research” report on indigenous collaboration in Western Australia, capstone units, a New Zealand mayoral celebrity scandal, and covering police corruption in Indonesia.

Jim Tully joins expert panel on suicide

Associate Professor Jim Tully, one of New Zealand’s leading journalism educators, has been appointed by the Director-General of Health to the new Suicide and Media Expert Panel.

The panel will advise the Chief Coroner on applications for exemptions to the restrictions on what can be made public about a particular suicide. It was established as part of recent reforms of the Coroners Act.

Associate Professor Tully teaches journalism at Massey University in Wellington and is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Canterbury.


New head of journalism at Massey

Dr James Hollings has taken over as the head of journalism at Massey, steering the university’s undergraduate and postgraduate journalism programmes.

Dr Hollings, who has been at Massey since 2004, took over from Associate Professor Grant Hannis in February.

Associate Professor Hannis is moving to a part-time role at the university. He will continue to co-ordinate the university’s Master of Journalism programme, as well teach on some undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses.

“It’s time for some fresh blood in the role,” Associate Professor Hannis said.

“I think James will do a great job. He has lots of fresh ideas, and brings to the role the right blend of industry knowledge and academic credentials.”


Canterbury fellowship applications open

The University of Canterbury is calling for applications for its Media and Communication Visiting Fellowship, to run during the second semester of 2017.

The fellow is expected to offer a number of research seminars to staff and students, and to meet graduate research students to provide general advice and feedback.

The ideal candidate will be a senior or mid-career scholar.
The fellowship covers the cost of a return flight to New Zealand, accommodation and a daily allowance to cover additional living costs.

The fellow is provided with an office for conducting his/her own research, a computer and access to the university’s library.

The fellowship can take place either during the period July 17-August 25 or September 11-October 20, with a minimum of 4 weeks and maximum of 6 weeks spent at the university.

To apply, send a cover letter and CV to the fellowship committee at by February 28, 2017.

Questions regarding the fellowship should be directed to Babak Bahador at


New edition of Intro

A new edition of Intro, the standard journalism textbook used at New Zealand’s journalism schools, is being prepared in time for the 2018 academic year.

With the current publisher, Competenz, exiting the journalism sector, Massey University Press will publish the new edition.

Intro’s editor, Associate Professor Grant Hannis, is delighted the publisher has come on board.

“The head of Massey University Press is Nicola Legat, who’s very keen to be involved with the project.

“Nicola is an ex-journalist herself. Her career has included working as a senior journalist at North & South magazine and editor of Metro magazine.

“It’ll be great partnering the book with someone of such journalistic standing and experience."

Intro’s accompanying online exercises will likely to be hosted on the Jeanz website.