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Jeanz conference to be held at Whitireia’s new facility

Whitireia Journalism is hosting the 2018 Jeanz conference at its new home in the heart of Wellington, Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity.

The conference will be held on December 13-14.

Te Auaha is a home for the arts and creative programmes of Whitireia Polytechnic and Weltec Institute of Technology.

Whitireia’s journalism and broadcasting programmes are on level four of the five-storey building.

Further conference details will be posted by June, including the conference theme, registation and cost.

In keeping with past Jeanz conferences, the conference organisers now invite papers on journalism education and practice generally.

Email your abstract (300-word maximum) as an attached Word document, with no author identification in the abstract, to Jeanz president Bernie Whelan: bernie.whelan@whitireia.ac.nz

For more on Te Auaha, check out this story by Whitireia Journalism student Bronte Wilson.

Jeanz scholarships available

Jeanz offers several scholarships and other financial support to attend conferences.

Jeanz members who wish to attend the Jeanz conference at Whitireia and whose institutions are unable to fund the cost can apply to Jeanz for assistance.

Please contact Jeanz president Bernie Whelan for details: bernie.whelan@whitireia.ac.nz

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

There is also a Jeanz scholarship available for a New Zealand researcher to attend the Australian JERAA conference, scheduled for December 3-5 in Tasmania. Click here for details.


Carole Cadwalladr

Top British journalist to speak at AUT conference

The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr, who has been breaking stories about the Cambridge Analytica saga, is the keynote speaker at AUT’s upcoming conference on media, journalism and surveillance.

AUT’s Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) research centre is holding the conference on September 6-7 in Auckland.

Other speakers will include surveillance-studies researcher Professor Mark Anderjevic and investigative journalist Nicky Hager.

Those who wish to present at the conference should submit an abstract (400-word maximum) by May 31, 2018.

More information about the conference is available here.

JMAD publishes the annual New Zealand media ownership reports, the most recent of which appeared in December 2017.

The reports are available here.


Blessen Tom (left) and Hele Ikimotu

Bearing Witness project students in Fiji to report on climate change

Two postgraduate students on the AUT Pacific Media Centre’s Bearing Witness climate change project are in Fiji to report on the effects of climate change in the Pacific.

Journalism student Hele Ikimotu and screen production student Blessen Tom arrived recently on the main island of Viti Levu.

Ikimotu and Tom will be searching for stories, interviewing people directly affected by climate change and reporting for their International Journalism Project on the website Asia Pacific Report and other media.

Using the University of the South Pacific as a base, the two students will work closely with the university’s journalism-programme newspaper, Wansolwara

Ikimotu is from Kiribati, and his passion for the Bearing Witness project is drawn from his close connection to Pacific.

“Kiribati is one of the most affected countries by climate change and climate change issues. I have a special connection to the issues these communities are going through because it’s my family that’s being affected,” he said.

Meanwhile, two other students on the Bearing Witness project, Julie Cleaver and Kendall Hutt, won the DART Asia-Pacific prize for trauma journalism at the annual Ossies for student journalism in Australia last December.

Click here for more information.