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Timaru conference theme: What editors want
Timaru awaits you for the annual Jeanz conference on December 2 and 3. The theme is "What editors want", encouraging educators to discuss whether they are delivering what industry wants. There will be plenty of opportunity for that all-important networking, and what better place than at Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru, the centre of the Mainland.

Papers are now welcome for the conference, and abstracts of up to 300
words can be sent to The deadline for
abstracts is October 15. Please indicate if you want your paper to be
peer reviewed. Full papers for peer review are due by October 30.

The two-day conference will be held in Godley block at Aoraki, which is
well-equipped with presentation equipment. On Wednesday December 1 2009 there will be a 10am start session for JEANZ members and representatives from our ITO, COMITO, to discuss unit standards, diploma structure, moderation and other operational issues, at the same venue.

Travel and accommodation
The local i-Site offers one point of contact to make your stay easy:
Timaru i-SITE Visitor Centre
2 George Street, Timaru
Ph: 03 687 9997
Free phone: 0800 484 6278

One venue the organisers recommend is Aspen on King for quality accommodation in a quiet setting located about 1km from the conference venue. Go to

There are direct flights into Timaru from Wellington (on what we call the flying pencil), or fly to Christchurch and hire a car (Christchurch to Timaru two hours). A courtesy vehicle will collect people from their accommodation as required each morning.

Registration fee is $150 (including dinner) and can be paid using the registration form (pdf), or registration form (doc). The conference dinner venue on Thursday December 2 is booked, with a little entertainment planned during the evening.


On-job programme and completions discussed at JTO meeting
A total of 43 print journalists are signed up for the JTO's on-job training programme. Of these, 13 have completed three of the six modules, 19 have completed two modules, and five have dropped out, largely reflecting trainees moving out of the industry, executive director Mike Fletcher reported to the July JTO meeting.

The graduation rate last year in the polytechnic J Schools sector was 47 per cent compared with 97 per cent for the university providers. The JTO continues to emphasise the need for a higher ratio of graduates in line with the new TEC focus.
Jeanz rep's minutes from the JTO meeting

Update on AUT investigative journalism conference
Jim Simon, assistant managing editor of the Seattle Times and leader of his newspaper's team that won a Pulitzer Prize this year, has joined the keynote speakers for the Media, Investigative Journalism and Technology 2010 conference @ AUT University on December 4/5. He has taught investigative journalism in Indonesia, Philippines and East Timor. Jim will be contributing along with Kunda Dixit, editor of the Nepali Times, Associate Professor Wendy Bacon of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and leading independent New Zealand investigative journalist and author Nicky Hager.

Several investigative documentary filmmakers will also be also be conducting workshops on current projects, including Jim Marbrook of AUT University who is close to completing a major feature film on nickel mining, indigenous land and the environment in New Caledonia. Investigative journalists from Fiji and Papua New Guinea will be featured along with an exhibition of photojournalism - "Frames of War". Parallel to an investigative journalism "masterclass" on the Sunday will be a peace journalism workshop featuring journalism educators from Fiji, Pakistan and New Zealand and a conflict resolution researcher from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University.

The deadline for papers/abstracts has now been extended by popular demand until September 17. Other workshop/industry/poster presentation proposals are due by September 30. Double blind peer reviewed papers will be considered for the May 2011 edition of Pacific Journalism Review research journal and all abstracts and other papers will be published on the Conference Proceedings in the new Pacific Media Centre website resource @ AUT going live in October.

Draft programme, keynote speakers, registrations etc: conference website

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Conference chair: Associate Professor David Robie

Conference organiser: Andrea Steward

When: December 4/5, 2010 Where: AUT University Conference Centre