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Site updated November 2012

Theme: Fast, Accurate Net in journalism education

This year’s Jeanz conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 29-30, at Whitireia Polytechnic’s Media Training Centre campus in Dixon St, Wellington (pictured). The AGM will be held on Friday and a JTO/Jeanz workshop day will be held on Wednesday, November 28.

The conference will have as a major focus “Fast Accurate Net in journalism education”. Graduates, newsrooms and consumers of news are being impacted by these changes in multiple ways. How can journalism education contribute to graduates operating quickly and accurately in the internet-driven newsrooms which demand a new type of journalist. What are the practical and theoretical ways journalism schools, teachers and academics can address the challenges of the Fast Accurate Net environment.

Draft conference programme (pdf)

Convenor – Bernie Whelan (
Abstracts – Jim Tully (

Conference registration form (docx)

Conference registration form (pdf)

Gaps in journalism training indentified at JTO planning workshop
An industry strategy workshop held by the JTO last month sought industry and provider feedback on training requirements for the next three years for newspapers and associated web sites. The topics included: core journalism needs and values; exceeding newspaper readers and online readers' expectations; the role of J-schools; and JTO workplace training. Tertiary sector representatives were Bernie Whelan, James Hollings, Robin Martin and Jim Tucker.

Participants indentified the following the gaps in journalism training:
1 –Web skills required: Editing, subbing and writing for the web; basic “technical skills” including the use of templates; publishing stories to the web; especially how the stories look on mobile devices; live coverage to the web; headlines and tags to achieve readership online; selecting the news; developing content over time; attribution of sources; image management, handling stills, video and audio; links; comment moderation; Knowledge of analytics

2 – Training to close the gaps: Students should come to class with five story ideas;  to give them confidence; to understand what “story ideas” are; to prepare them for work experience; to show them “ideas” can include ordinary events and big events.

3 – Understanding the industry and the world (with a good general knowledge): Use of guest speakers; work experience, so they learn about the industry; talking about readers; basic business skills.

4 – Need seen for ongoing professional development of journalists: Revival of gatekeepers (Chief reporters, news  editors etc) training conferences  discussed; NZJTO support on a cross-industry basis offered; thesis being done on training of newsroom leaders.

Full report on the workshop from Bernie Whelan.

Trauma journalism in the spotlight

The effects of trauma on journalists is finally being addressed in New Zealand. Dart Centre Asia Pacific held its first journalists’ retreat in Wellington in August. The outcome was unanimously positive for the media professionals who took part, all willing to support any future initiatives. It also led to a dedicated programme of Mediawatch on October 14. (Mediawatch podcast)

AUT University lecturer Lyn Barnes (right) was mentioned at the end. Lyn won a Dart fellowship to the Dart Centre at Columbia University in June, the only Australasian among the 14 fellows accepted from around the world this year.

Since returning, Lyn has implemented initiatives to take students out of their comfort zones and improve their trauma literacy, including writing about the history of Auckland suburbs for the tourism department at AUT and having professional actors in to the journalism school to role-play being victims.

Bruce Jesson award for investigative journalism
Congratulations to Karen Abplanalp who was last week presented with the $1000 Emerging Investigative Journalist Award by Professor Jane Kelsey at the Bruce Jesson annual lecture at the Maidment Theatre in Auckland.

She won the award for her investigative article 'Blood Money', developed as an assignment on the Asia-Pacific Journalism paper at AUT last year and published in Metro Magazine last December.

The story runs on the the Pacific Media Centre site.

Information about the award:


First graduates from applied journalism programme - JTO meeting
Highlights from the last month's JTO sector committee meeting:

- 27 journalists have graduated with the National Diploma in Applied Journalism, marking the completion of the first intake, from 40 who originally enrolled. Currently 31 are in the 21-month course.

- The E-learning section on the NZJTO website contains 18 papers on core journalism topics including gathering and writing, interviewing, contempt, defamation, court reporting and media law.

- Moderation plans are advanced for local government and court reporting in November. This year’s topics for the JTO-JEANZ workshop on November 28 in Wellington are moderation results, findings of the JTO-industry workshop, a presentation by the Statistics NZ on polls and surveys based on one run the the NZ Herald recently.

- The Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Journalism is still held up somewhere in the NZQA system, with the issue understood to be related to NZQA wanting to set standards historically the domain of the industry.

- Canterbury University has appointed Tara Ross to the post of senior lecturer in journalism.

- Verica Rupar from Cardiff School of Journalism takes over as head of AUT's journalism curriculum in February.

Full report from the JTO meeting

Taranaki journalism scholarship
Applicants are being sought for the Mary and James (Snr ) Garcia Taranaki Journalism Scholarship, which celebrates the Garcia family’s long-standing relationship with the Taranaki Daily News. It is worth up to $4000 a year, and open to New Plymouth district residents studying at any approved journalism training course in New Zealand.

Application forms for the 2013 scholarship, which close on November 30, are available via Witt journalism coordinator Robin Martin (, ph 06 758 2092) or the New Plymouth Public Trust office in Currie St.

New programme, Newswire update at Whitireia
Whitireia NZ Media Training Centre will launch a diploma in multimedia broadcasting next June, to be delivered by the journalism and NZ Radio Training schools at the Wellington and Auckland campuses. The year-long Level 5 diploma builds on Whitireia’s existing Diploma in Radio Journalism and will include two streams, one in radio and video journalism, the other in commercial radio.

The main change to the journalism specialism is the addition of video reporting, still photography, web reporting and social media.

The diploma will enable graduates from the radio training school’s existing, introductory Level 3 Certificate in Commercial Radio to go on to higher level training better suited to employment in the radio industry.

For journalism students, the diploma will build in the new Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Journalism, which has significant radio content. CMITO expects that to be available soon. The multimedia broadcasting programme will be delivered at new radio training facilities in the Whitireia campus at Upper Queen St, Auckland, and the Wellington campus in Dixon St.

Distance learning with a twist is being offered by Whitireia Journalism this year – by a tutor in the UK.

When recent addition to the Whitireia staff, Julie Salt-Cowell, announced in August she was returning to Britain in September, it was decided to keep her on staff once she left and have her manage her writing group from the other side of the world. Julie has successfully used Skype and email to stay in touch with her students. An advantage is they have afternoons to get on with their stories and she subs them overnight.

The students say it took a while to get used to having an off-campus tutor, but now they are comfortable with it. Julie will soon deliver webinar teaching sessions on reporting diversity.

Whitireia’s student news website, NewsWire, has just undergone its first major overhaul since launching in July, 2008. It has a new-look home page and now includes podcasts from the radio students. One big improvement is a larger picture space at the top of the home page that can display the best news pictures, which were previously tied to the lead story.

The site attracts more than 400,000 page uploads a year and continues to grow in reach. A school version will be launched soon to attract recruits to journalism. Students will be providing 15 hours of live coverage on NewsWire of the US presidential election on November 7 (our time).

When Whitireia hosts this year’s Jeanz conference at its temporary Dixon St campus, the first of the Hobbit movies will be having a premiere just down the street. To demonstrate how the school teaches video journalism, a team of students will cover the premiere and conference delegates will be invited to grab a camera and try their hands at video reporting. Results will be shown to the conference the following day.

Jim Tucker – head of journalism at Whitireia since September, 2007 – has a new expanded role to manage the radio training school (Wellington and Auckland) and a contract providing training to the 22 iwi radio stations. He will take on those responsibilities in addition to his role as journalism programmes manager.

Professor warns about media blind spots and e-martial law
Despite bans on foreign journalists in West Papua, there is "no excuse" for journalists to turn their backs on the Melanesian people who were at risk of genocide, says the first professor in journalism studies in New Zealand and the Pacific.

Restoring public trust, engaging in critical journalism, and opening the media’s eyes to common “blind spots” were all on the agenda for the inaugural professorial address of Dr David Robie at AUT University this month.

Speaking on Coups, crises and human rights, Pacific Media Centre director Professor Robie spoke to a crowded conference room representing many cultural communities, giving his insights into contemporary Asia-Pacific media issues.

Beginning with the Hackgate affair in Britain and other media credibility issues, and visiting many other "hot spots" throughout the presentation, Professor Robie charted the course of his life’s journey through New Zealand, Africa, Europe and back to Oceania.

He spoke of media issues confronting the Pacific such as covering climate change in the region, the legacy of military-backed censorship in Fiji and the currently “biggest threat” in the region being the new so-called “e-martial law” in the Philippines – “a digital throwback to the days of dictator Marcos” that “effectively gags cyberspace” with truth being no defence.

“It would be disastrous if any Pacific country, such as Fiji, wants to do a copycat law,” he said. - AP
Full story on Pacific Scoop.

Watch video on AUT on demand.

Canterbury school open for business
Canterbury University’s journalism degree is being offered again in 2013, after a year in hiatus due to the retirement of Jim Tully as lecturer and the post-quake disruption. The university is in the midst of appointing a lecturer to run the Graduate Diploma in Journalism and to lead the programme as journalism and the media industry rapidly evolve.

Applications are now open for the 2013 intake (deadline: 15 November). Fairfax New Zealand’s journalism interns will be able to study at Canterbury. International students who meet language and academic criteria are also invited to apply. DM

Further information: 03 364 2881

JMComm conference in Singapore
JMComm's Annual International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communications will be held in Singapre on 3-4 December, 2012. The conference theme is: "At the Crossroads of Communication, Journalism, Media, Corporate and Social Responsibility".

"The media industry, in many respects, is at a crossroads as it seeks to come to terms with developments in technology that simultaneously allow new heights of journalistic excellence, as well as the emergence of more worrying trends such as "fake" journalism. In this digital age, communication ethics - the codes, moral standards and values followed by media organizations and in human communication, are more significant than ever before. Therefore, we need to explore how media can be socially responsible and provide true, accurate, comprehensive and objective information, and try to resolve the conflict between communication freedom, public interest and social impact."

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PJR calls for debate on diversity, ethics, accountability
News media need to raise the accountability, diversity and ethics debate to the level of regulation to recover from the News of the World phone hacking "debacle", say the editors of the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review.

"Too often the debate stops with regulation and does not address the aim of regulation/accountability," said Dr Johan Lidberg of Monash University, guest editor of the October edition.

"The industry has now been put on notice it needs to show that it can regulate itself.

"The News of the World debacle is a watershed moment for journalism globally."

Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre and managing editor of the journal, said the edition took a broad look at media inquiries and reviews and attempted to remove the polarised biases that had emerged in public debate. He also said the edition was another strong publication focused on media diversity and plurality in New Zealand and the Pacific with articles about Fiji’s “coup culture”, Kenyan media ethics, Pacific climate change and creativity, Kanak independence in New Caledonia and an “innovative direction” in academic journalism research. - JL

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The latest edition of PJR is available as full text on the Informit database.