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  • EDITORIAL: COVID is still with us

    • Authors: Philip Cass
      Pages: 7 - 10
      Abstract: In last year’s final edition we joked that we would eventually come to use BC to stand for Before COVID and AD for After the Donald. Well, Donald Trump is out of office, but COVID-19 is still with us, laying waste to countries, engendering all sorts of insane conspiracy theories and threatening the lives of journalists trying to cover the pandemic.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1219
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • Crisis communication and COVID-19: Covering two Pacific tragedies with

    • Authors: David Robie
      Pages: 11 - 21
      Abstract: Frontline journalism in the age of COVID-19 has posed particular challenges in dealing with personal risk, tackling an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation, and providing valuable news that can be used in vulnerable Pacific countries that have struggled with soaring infections and limited health infrastructure and resources. Five Pacific countries or territories have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic—Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste. This article introduces two examples of public health storytelling in crisis communication, one being a pregnant Papua New Guinea woman who walked 25 kilometres to the nearest hospital—and died on reaching her destination; the other a pregnant Fijian nurse who died after battling COVID-19.  
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1203
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • The weather is never neutral: Then and now

    • Authors: Jeremy Rees
      Pages: 22 - 26
      Abstract: Reporting on the weather may seem at first glance to be a very light story, but it can actually be a serious reflection of how we see ourselves and our changing perception of the world. In 1996, the author embarked on a light-hearted survey of 23 daily papers to find what New Zealand newspapers’ weather reports said about their attitudes to the world. In the middle of the 2020 COVID lockdown he re-ran the survey to see what had changed.    
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1177
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • Strings attached: New Zealand’s climate aid in the South Pacific

    • Authors: Matthew Scott
      Pages: 27 - 40
      Abstract: Commentary: Throughout New Zealand’s history, the nation has maintained a close and privileged relationship with its island neighbours in the South Pacific, exemplified by centuries of trade and migration. As the effects of climate change encroach on South Pacific nations such as the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, New Zealand has implemented an aid programme via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in order to mitigate the effects of the changing climate on these countries economically and socially. However, research depicts an aid programme that may do harm alongside good—by prioritising climate change mitigation over more sustainable and community-centred strategies, New Zealand has created a situation in which these countries become dependent on our solutions to their problems. By researching the controversial record of climate adaptation and mitigation strategies funded by developed nations across the South Pacific, it becomes evident that New Zealand’s programme of climate aid in the region is neocolonial and unsustainable.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1186
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • Taliban takeover: Charlotte Bellis faces perils outside ‘enemy

    • Authors: Gavin Ellis
      Pages: 41 - 46
      Abstract: New Zealand-born Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett was one of a handful of journalists allowed to stay in Baghdad as the American offensive against Iraq began in 1991. Reporting first from the rooftop of the Al-Rashid Hotel, he chronicled—quite literally – the impact of the bombing campaign. But on Day Four he was taken to a bombed-out building in a suburb that was then an infant milk formula factory would later gain notoriety thanks to investigative reporter Seymour Hersh—Abu Ghraib. His report was accurate. In 2003, Arnett was once again in ‘enemy territory’ and (by his own later admission, unwisely) gave an interview to Iraqi television during the Second Iraq War. In the interview, he stated that the civilian casualties inflicted by the Coalition forces were counterproductive. In August 2021, it was the turn of another New Zealand journalist, Charlotte Bellis reporting for Al Jazeera English, to tell us what she sees. And much of the world has now seen her. The author examines the pitfalls that she may face.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1207
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • COVID-19 vaccine online misinformation in Fiji: Preliminary findings

    • Authors: Romitesh Kant, Rufino Varea, Jason Titifanue
      Pages: 47 - 62
      Abstract: Digital media, opens a vast array of avenues for lay people to effectively engage with news, information and debates about important science and health issues. However, they have also become a fertile ground for various stakeholders to spread misinformation and disinformation, stimulate uncivil discussions and engender ill-informed, dangerous public decisions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, antivaccination social media accounts are proliferating online, threatening to further escalate vaccine hesitancy. The pandemic signifies not only a global health crisis, it has also proven to be an infodemic characterised by many conspiracy theories. Prior research indicates that belief in health-related conspiracies can harm efforts to curtail the spread of a virus. This article presents and examines preliminary research findings on COVID-19 vaccine related misinformation being circulated on Fijian Facebook Forums.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1189
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • Spreading (dis)trust in Fiji' Exploring COVID-19 misinformation on
           Facebook forums

    • Authors: Romitesh Kant, Rufino Varea
      Pages: 63 - 84
      Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges for the health system across the globe and fueled the surge of numerous rumours, hoaxes, and misinformation regarding outcomes, prevention and cure of the virus.  The COVID-19 pandemic has also had severe political, economic and societal effects and affected media and communication systems in unprecedented ways. While traditional journalism has tried to adapt to the rapidly evolving situation, alternative news media on the internet have given the events an ideological spin. These voices have been criticised for furthering societal confusion and spreading potentially dangerous ‘fake news’ or conspiracy theories via social media and other online channels. The impact of the disease and the lack of information associated with it have allowed medical misinformation to rapidly surface and propagate on various social media platforms. Previous studies have highlighted a similar trend during recent public health emergencies, mainly the Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Such a phenomenon is alarming on both individual and public health levels to the extent that governments are realising the gravity and attempting to limit its effects. This article offers a unique perspective because it provides data-driven qualitative insights into Fijian Facebook posts related to infectious disease outbreaks. This study aims to understand public views and opinions on Fijian social media during the height of the pandemic in 2020 and to outline potential implications for health information.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1166
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • The COVID-19 pandemic: Resilience of Indonesian journalists

    • Authors: Gilang Desti Parahita
      Pages: 85 - 104
      Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the global news industry to adapt to the current crisis. In some Global South countries, challenges have also come from an existing political instability and economic limitations. Indonesia represents a Global South country where its journalists have struggled to maintain the quality of news while many have faced layoffs. This research involved a survey data with 100 respondents, some interviews and observations, which indicated that in the COVID-19 pandemic Indonesian journalists have been severely affected and are not sufficiently equipped or prepared to face any accelerated and sudden changes caused by the coronavirus. However, in some instances, journalists have been able to deploy advanced digital technology and work collaboratively to provide quality information during the pandemic. The article argues that mastering journalism data and collaborative work should be embraced to enhance the resilience of the journalist community. 
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1191
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • Papua and the public: News framing of the 2019 Asrama Papua conflict

    • Authors: Annisa Nadia Putri Harsa, Lily El Ferawati Rofil
      Pages: 105 - 118
      Abstract: The 2019 Asrama Papua conflict in Surabaya initiated many discourses on racial discrimination and police brutality towards Papuan students in Indonesia. The question arises as to how the public perceive news framing and its effects on public opinion. This question will be answered by examining reports in the newspapers Kompas (published in Jakarta) and Jubi (Jayapura, Papua) which display quite different thematic and rhetorical structures. As secondary research, this article aims to assess the public opinion on the framing of the incident based on Berger and Luckmann’s Social Construction of Reality. Through qualitative focus group discussion, this study examines people’s perceptions of news media framing and its effect on the shaping of public opinion towards an ethnic minority group. The results show that media framing reinforces a certain idea of public opinion towards minority groups through various factors such as Perspective of Reporting and Depth of Reporting, both of which differ in Kompas and Jubi as a result of differences in their audiences. Differences were also found in such factors as the thematic structure between lens of sympathy and lens of antagonism. Ultimately, this research suggests that the public possess an awareness of news framing, thus giving them the capability to construct their own critical viewpoints towards media and the incident.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1173
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • The role of collaborative journalism in West Papua: A Jubi and Tirto case

    • Authors: Ana Nadhya Abrar
      Pages: 119 - 131
      Abstract: In this article, the author explores the collaboration between Tirto and Jubi in reporting on the Wamena and Jayapura riots in September 2019 in what has been described as the Papuan Uprising. The collaboration was greatly influenced by the desire of both media to improve the quality of news on human rights violations in West Papua. Tirto is an Indonesian online media outlet. Its journalists often criticise various government policies and the Indonesian political world through headlines, news and special articles. Tirto won an award as the Most Innovative Cyber Media in the 2017 Adinegoro Journalism Awards organised by the Indonesian Journalists Association. In the following year, Tirto became the only media outlet in Indonesia to receive an award from the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). Jubi is a general news media service from West Papua which reports on the West Papuan conflict, especially human rights issues. At the conceptual level, one can expect an accurate and in-depth report resulting from the journalism collaboration between Tirto and Jubi. However, at the practical level, a question arises about what the collaboration means for the life of West Papuan journalists' Research results using qualitative content analysis and interviews suggest that the collaborative journalism they created was able to restore West Papuan journalists’self-esteem. These findings can contribute to the enhancement of the knowledge in the field of journalism and provide valuable information for West Papuan journalists.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1174
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Watchdogs under pressure: Pacific Islands journalists’
           demographic profiles and professional views

    • Authors: Shailendra Bahadur Singh, Folker Hanusch
      Pages: 132 - 149
      Abstract: While global scholarship on journalists’ professional views has expanded tremendously over recent decades, the Pacific Islands remains somewhat of a blind spot, with only sporadic research. To address this gap in our knowledge, this study reports the results of a comprehensive survey of 206 Pacific Islands journalists in nine countries, providing a much-needed update of journalists’ demographic profiles, role conceptions, ethical views and perceived influences. Our analysis finds that while journalists are now older, more experienced and better educated than 30 years ago, they are still younger and less well-educated than their counterparts in many other parts of the globe. In the digital age, some old challenges persist in relation to their roles: While journalists are committed to holding power to account and aiding in the development of their countries, they continue to face political and economic challenges that make their tasks difficult and sometimes even perilous.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1164
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • FRONTLINE: The making of Ophir - Bougainville stories and silences: An
           exploration of the documentary

    • Authors: Wendy Bacon, Nicole Gooch
      Pages: 150 - 172
      Abstract: This article focuses on the making of the award-winning film Ophir in the context of issues relevant to journalism and documentary production. It explores how a partnership of filmmakers, scholars and Bougainvillean community leaders worked to create a documentary that goes beyond bare facts to create deeper meaning. Based on an interview with one of the filmmakers, Olivier Pollet, it discusses issues of archival research, gender, distribution and language. It raises ethical questions about how mining company Rio Tinto used an anthropologist to produce covert corporate intelligence in the 1960s. Through a discussion of the work of independent investigative journalist Antony Loewenstein, it considers how recent Australian aid policy was used to shape public debate about options for Bougainville. It highlights the importance of supporting grassroots storytelling that penetrates distorted mainstream media narratives, especially at a time of shifting geopolitical interests. 
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1218
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • Building independent media: Sustaining democratic freedoms

    • Authors: Lee Duffield
      Pages: 175 - 193
      Abstract: This article examines trends in new media journalism, identifying an independent sector which began to emerge with the internet circa 2000. It finds that publications from initially single-person start-ups like Crikey, to the large circulation New Daily, have proved viable and durable, providing alternatives to mainstream print and broadcast media. They have specialised in politics while publishing also in many other fields, characteristically emphasising user participation in both production and funding and exploiting possibilities of new digital models. This article has case studies of the publications Independent Australia, and the New Zealand-based Asia Pacific Report, to further explain the independents’ motivation and mode of operation. It reviews the media environment in two parts: a first phase from 2000 to 2010 and a second major change after 2010 with smart phones and social media. Conclusions are made that the independent sector stands to play a central role in sustaining democracy.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1165
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • The journalist’s ‘toolbox’ of competencies in the Digital-Global
           Age: Reflections on the global state of research

    • Authors: Pauline Gidget Estella
      Pages: 194 - 214
      Abstract: The different crises that journalism continues to face worldwide make it imperative to talk about the journalist’s ‘toolbox’, a set of competencies that journalists must have in this so-called age of disruption. This article maps the global state of research on journalistic competence, offers ways of conceptualising journalistic competencies and provides the necessary context by which the development of the competency construct can be understood.  What are the approaches in studying journalistic competence and what perspectives are dominant, clashing, or need to be challenged' The state of research shows an imbalance in perspectives: Studies on journalistic competencies are concentrated in US, Europe, and the Nordic states. The environments beyond the Western context or the ‘Global North’, so to speak, continue to be underrepresented, despite a strong research and journalism tradition unique to some of the Global South regions. Secondly, the industry perspective continues to dominate the discourse, although it has been described as hostile to innovation and critical reflection. The article ends with a call not just to further define and theorise journalistic competencies, but also to de-westernise the discourse.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1080
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • Digital divide: Mobile internet speeds in the Pacific

    • Authors: Amanda H A Watson, Rohan Fox
      Pages: 215 - 231
      Abstract: This article outlines mobile internet speeds experienced by 15 smartphone users in the Pacific region. It presents new quantitative data collected over a six-month-long period. The data were collected in order to provide a comparison of places and to look for trends over time. The research was adjusted for confounding factors like weather and building type. The findings indicate substantial differences between the internet speeds and reliability experienced in Australian cities compared to the readings in Pacific Island locations. Over the six-month-long period, there were no substantial improvements or decreases in internet speeds at any of the included locations. This finding takes into account changes in weather, time of day and surroundings. As expected, clear skies and outdoor settings were positively associated with faster internet speeds, compared to rainy periods and indoor readings in the same geographical areas.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1168
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • 'I want to buy my own block of land': Representation of urban
           settlement communities in Papua New Guinea

    • Authors: Wilma Molus, Verena Thomas , Jackie Kauli, Laurie Buys
      Pages: 232 - 250
      Abstract: Urban settlements are home to around half the urban population of Papua New Guinea. Since the end of the Second World War, PNG towns and cities have experienced significant growth of urban settlements. Urban dwellings were established on customary and untransformed state lands. With limited support for services from government, informal settlements in the urban landscape have often been perceived from the perspective of their deficiencies. However, residents of urban settlement communities play an important role in urban economies. The purpose of this article is to critically review perceptions of settlements and issues affecting settlement communities in PNG, both in the mainstream media and from within settlement communities. The authors first present a media content analysis of reporting on settlement communities on PNG’s main online media sites. Second, they examine urban market vendors’ personal experiences of the challenges and solutions of living in Kamkumung Settlement in Lae. Drawing on storytelling and photovoice workshops with market vendors at Awagasi market, they argue for the need for media actively to include the voices of settlement residents. The article suggests that, by better understanding the context and personal experience of residents, journalists and the media could make a stronger contribution to sustainable development and urban planning in PNG.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1196
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • A meta-analysis of hate speech in Indonesia: The yielding of an academic
           discourse to the discourse of authority

    • Authors: Justito Adiprasetio, Detta Rahmawan, Kunto Adi Wibowo
      Pages: 251 - 267
      Abstract: This article focuses on academic publication on hate speech within Indonesia’s scholarly context. The authors analyse the ongoing discourse on hate speech by conducting a meta-analysis method on Garuda, an official website designed for repository of scholarly publications in Indonesia. By examined 143 scientific articles, this study found that most studies refer to the definition of hate speech from the Circular No. SE/06/X2015 on hate speech issued by the Indonesian National Police which shows how most Indonesian academics were comfortable in using limited perspectives on hate speech. Furthermore, the variety of the studies on hate speech comes from law or legal studies and communication or da'wah communication. Most Indonesia academics also conducted studies on hate speech with a juridical normative approach, as well as qualitative research. Intriguingly, some studies have been done with unclear method and approaches. Academics ideally should serve as one of the critics for people in power and government apparatus, for example by continuing to question how hate speech is studied, including in the context of its definition and how it affects the implementation in Indonesia. Hence, the authors urged Indonesian academics to do more studies on hate speech from various backgrounds with more rigorous and various research methods to be able to expand the knowledge on hate speech cases in Indonesia.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1167
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • PHOTOESSAY: Manus to Meanjin: A case study of refugee migration,
           polymorphic borders and Australian ‘imperialism’

    • Authors: Kasun Ubayasiri
      Pages: 269 - 282
      Abstract: This non-traditional research article argues that the refugee and asylum-seeker protests in Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point between April 2, 2020 and April 14, 2021 can be viewed against a backdrop of Australian colonialism—where successive Australian governments have used former colonies in Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea as offshore detention facilities—as a dumping ground for asylum-seekers. Within the same context this article argues that the men’s removal to the Kangaroo Point Alternative Place of Detention is a continuation of this colonial policy of incarcerating ‘undesirables’ on occupied land, in this case on Meanjin—Jagera land identified by the colonial name of Brisbane. This extension of Australian sub-imperial and neo-colonial dominion and the imagining of its boundaries is viewed though the theoretical prism of a polymorphic border, a border that shifts and morphs depending on who attempts to cross it. In a departure from orthodox research practice, this article will use visual storytelling drawn from photojournalism praxis alongside more traditional text-based research prose.  In doing so, it will use photo-journalistic artifacts and the visual politics that surround them, as core dialogical components in the presentation of the article as opposed to using them as mere illustrations or props.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1198
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: Truly critical and honest appraisals of The Guardian’s record as
           a guardian of power still needed

    • Authors: David Edwards
      Pages: 284 - 296
      Abstract: Capitalism’s Conscience: 200 Years of the Guardian, edited by Des Freedman. London: Pluto Press. 2021, 320 pages. ISBN 9780745343341; 9780745343358 A collection of essays, Capitalism’s Conscience—200 Years of the Guardian, has been recently published. Edited by Des Freedman, professor of media and communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, the volume notes that Guardian editor Kath Viner promised that her newspaper would ‘challenge the economic assumptions of the last three decades’, ‘challenge the powerful’ and ‘use clarity and imagination to build hope’. Freedman says the book ‘seeks to examine these claims’ (Freedman, 2021, x). The collection of essays, mostly contributed by media academics, is published by Pluto Press, which has published all three Media Lens books; most recently, Propaganda Blitz, in 2018. Several good reasons for not criticising a book published by one’s own publisher can be found in Tolstoy’s list, but the academic filtering of truth is a key issue that cries out for honest discussion. This essay by three prominent journalists critiques Capitalism’s Conscience and concludes there is a pressing need for truly critical and honest appraisals of The Guardian’s record as a guardian of power  
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1175
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: Moruroa Files: The files, the book and the lies

    • Authors: Ena Manuireva
      Pages: 297 - 300
      Abstract: Toxique: Enquête sur les essais nucléaires français en Polynésie, by Sébastien Philippe and Tomas Statius, and the Moruroa Files microsite. Paris: PUF/Disclose, 2021. 192 pages. ISBN 9782130814849   THE COMBINATION of nuclear expertise (Sebastien Philippe), inquisitive journalism (Tomas Statius) and the investigative approach by Interprt (a collective of architects specialising in the forensic analysis of environmental crimes) of around 2000 declassified French government documents in 2013 called the Moruroa Files, resulted in the explosive book Toxic about what was already known to the Ma’ohi Nui (French Polynesia) people. That since 1966 (55 years ago), the French government has consistently lied about and concealed the deadly consequences of their nuclear tests, which they now seem to acknowledge (French admit nuclear test fall out, 2006), to the health of the populations and their environment.  
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1183
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: Like the pandemic, climate action is urgent

    • Authors: David Robie
      Pages: 301 - 303
      Abstract: Climate Aotearoa: What’s happening and what we can do about it, edited by Helen Clark. Auckland: Allen & Unwin, 2021. 327 pages. ISBN 9781988547633 WHEN the publication of Climate Aotearoa was heralded by Radio New Zealand in April 2021 it was featured along with a striking image and a quote from the collection editor, former prime minister Helen Clark. The illustration by Vinay Ranchhod was a dazzling red lobster in a boiling pot. 'I would liken [the challenge of climate change] to being the lobster in the pot and the pot starts to heat, and by the time it’s realised it’s being cooked, it’s too late to change. Its fate is sealed. 'That’s in essence the message: you’ve got time to act, the window is closing. And if you don’t, you’re going to get over those tipping points from which there’s no return.' (‘Time for action’, 2021)
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1194
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: Ophir: Bougainville's epic struggle for freedom

    • Authors: Catherine Wilson
      Pages: 304 - 306
      Abstract: Ophir: Decolonize. Revolutionize, directed by Alexandre Berman and Olivier Pollet. Arsam International/Fourth World Films/Ulster University.  2020. 97 minutes.
      IN OPHIR (2020), a feature length documentary film about the Bougainville civil war (1989-1998), French filmmakers Alexandre Berman and Olivier Pollet analyse the devastating conflict and under-reported repercussions which continue to reverberate in the region today. Ophir in the Old Testament (Genesis 10; 1 Kings 10:22) is a land of great mineral wealth exploited by King Solomon. In eastern Papua New Guinea, the people of Bougainville also claim Ophir to be the original name of their remote islands. Like the fabled land, Bougainville is endowed with treasure, predominantly copper and gold. In the late 20th century, exploitation of these was at the centre of a powerful story of colonialism, inequality, war and redemption.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1212
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: No return to ‘normal’ when the pandemic has exposed
           global inequalities

    • Authors: Krishan Dutta
      Pages: 307 - 310
      Abstract: COVID-19, Racism and Politicization: Media in the Midst of a Pandemic, edited by Kalinga Seneviratne and Sundeep R. Muppidi. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2021. 230 pages. ISBN: 9781527570894 WHILE the COVID-19 pandemic’s relentless cyclone continues across the globe wreaking havoc on economies and social systems, this book sheds light on the adversarial reporting culture of the media, and how it impacts on racism and politicisation driving the coverage. It explores the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the role of national and international media, and governments, in the initial coverage of the developing crisis. COVID-19, Racism and Politicization: Media in the Midst of a Pandemic, edited by Kalinga Seneviratne and Sundeep R. Muppidi
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1210
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: Tears flow as redundancy stories spell end to journalism’s

    • Authors: Alexandra Wake
      Pages: 311 - 314
      Abstract: Upheaval: Disrupted Lives in Journalism, edited by Andrew Dodd and Matthew Ricketson. Sydney: UNSW Press. 2021. 368 pages, ISBN 9781742237275 I DOUBT there is anyone who has worked—or currently works—in journalism that would not have tears rolling down their cheeks as they read the stories of redundancy within Australia’s faltering news industry in this carefully edited collection. That’s not to say that Upheaval: Disrupted Lives in Journalism doesn’t also provoke laugh-out-loud moments at memories of newsroom antics or angry agreement about bullying, misogyny and blatant gender discrimination, but there is no getting around the fact that the central point of this book is tell the stories of the human impact of the brutal gutting of Australia’s media.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1208
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: New book explores never-ending Chamberlain saga

    • Authors: Philip Cass
      Pages: 315 - 316
      Abstract: Feral Media: The Chamberlain Case 40 years On, by Belinda Middleweek. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly, 2021. 188 pages.  ISBN 9781922454454. I HAVE only seen the Rock once and that was on a junket with TAA, flying  a bunch of journos from  a week in Perth back to Townsville via the Alice and Darwin. Our 727 circled in a banking turn over the big red monolith  to give us all a good look. I never had the slightest desire to get any closer. Like anybody working and travelling in the North I knew what the bush was like—bloody hot and full of things that can kill you. The desert was even worse.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1216
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: Noted: Destructive pandemic impact on Global South media

    • Authors: Lee Duffield
      Pages: 317 - 318
      Abstract: The Impact of COVID-19 on Journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South, by Damian Radcliffe. London: Thomson Reuters Foundation. 2021. 142 pages. A NEW publication from the Thomson Reuters Foundation reviews the impacts of COVID-19 on journalism in Emerging Economies and the ‘Global South’. Working on the premise that media and journalism in these regions already face even greater challenges than in the ‘West’, this report describes a worsening of the situation through effects of the pandemic. It shows that factors external to media practice and media organisations are having destructive impacts, but proposes remedies which draw on internal strengths and professionalism in journalistic practice. The work is a qualitative research project obtaining analysis from 56 journalists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, out of 15,000 journalists who have done courses offered by the foundation, as a backer of innovation and media freedom.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1211
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
  • REVIEW: Noted: Entire region ignored by UNESCO manual

    • Authors: Philip Cass
      Pages: 318 - 319
      Abstract: Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators. Paris: UNESCO, 2019. 304 pages. ISBN 9789231004568 WHILE this book will be of immense  benefit to anybody teaching about the broader issues of immigration and trying to train journalists and journalism students to write on the topic with more understanding, it is a pity that it so effectively ignores the Pacific. This book has some excellent ideas and some really useful guidelines on how to report on migrants more sympathetically and with more understanding, but it is very heavily focussed on Africa and Europe—and Europe to a large extent means Germany.
      PubDate: 2021-09-30
      DOI: 10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1217
      Issue No: Vol. 27, No. 1 & 2 (2021)
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
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