Pacific Media Watch

1 July 2007

Pacific Media Watch

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2007-ongoing
Pacific Media Watch is an Asia-Pacific media monitoring digital repository collected and published by postgraduate students and staff at AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre and also by contributing journalists. Originally established at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the dynamic archive was reestablished on a DSpace server at AUT in 2007 with assistance from an AUT research grant. The database is currently being assisted by a development grant by the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust.

Launched in Sydney in October 1996, PMW was the Pacific’s first regional media website. It has links with the regional Journalism Programme of the University of the South Pacific, Journalism Studies at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Divine Word University in PNG, National University of Samoa and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ).

Independent and watchful, PMW was founded as an independent, non-profit, non-government network by journalists Peter Cronau (based then at the ACIJ) and David Robie (based then at the University of Papua New Guinea). The archive was originally hosted by the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) in Sydney.

Its genesis was the jailing of two journalists, Kalafi Moala and Filokalafi ‘Akau’ola, and a “whistleblowing” pro-democracy member of Parliament in Tonga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, for alleged contempt in September 1996. The journalists and MP were later freed by the Supreme Court which ruled their imprisonment was unconstitutional. PMW played an important role in the campauign to free the three men, including organising a petition of more than 100- media signatures from the region. The DSpace digital PMW database until mid-2010.

The new PMX database: www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz

Pacific Development and Conservation Trust grants


2000 Fiji coup archive
An archive of the University of the South Pacific Journalism Programme news reports and pictures of the 2000 Fiji coup at the University of Technology, Sydney.

2010 brochure about the PMW project

 

Alex Perrottet

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<strong>PMW contributing editor 2011-2012</strong></p>

Alex Perrottet is a journalist who has completed a Masters degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies student at AUT University.

Alex Perrottet is a journalist who has completed a Masters in Communication Studies at AUT University and was formerly contributing editor of Pacific Media Watch.

He also has Bachelors of Laws and Arts degrees from the University of Sydney and has worked as a practising solicitor in New South Wales.

Alex has a strong interest in Pacific affairs and took up the Pacific Media Watch contributing editor role in AUT University's Pacific Media Centre in mid-2010.

He is involved in youth development projects in the Pacific and won a highly commended award for the best online current affairs report in the Journalism Education of Australia (JEA) awards in 2010 for a series of reports on reconstruction in Samoa one year after the September 2009 tsunami.

In 2011, he researched and was co-author of the Pacific Media Watch and Pacific Journalism Review Pacific Media Freedom Report 2011.

His masters thesis is focusing on comparative journalism on development issues in the Pacific, looking at reporting on development from Fiji, Vanuatu and New Zealand.

More Alex Perrottet stories on PMC Online

Alex Perrottet stories on Pacific Scoop

Daniel Drageset

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<b>PMW contributing editor 2013</b>

Daniel Drageset is a Norwegian radio journalist who graduated with a Master in Communication Studies degree at AUT University.

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Daniel Drageset, 29, is a Norwegian radio journalist who graduated with a Master in Communication Studies degree at AUT University.

From Ålesund, Norway, Drageset completed his Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University College of Volda in 2008, majoring in radio journalism.

Drageset worked as an all-round radio news reporter in the nationwide public service broadcaster Radio Norge from June 2008 to January 2012. In 2010, he received the Norwegian Radio Talent of the Year Award, winning a NZ$3200 prize. He was nominated for the best feature radio stories of the year in both 2011 and 2012, and was a highly recognisable "voice" in Norwegian radio.

“One of the appealing aspects of working at Radio Norge was the diverse tasks I was set to do. One day I could interview the prime minister, another day I could interview African prostitutes trawling the main street of Oslo trying to sell their services in biting cold weather," he says.

"I cherish the opportunity to voice the opinion of sources that are rarely heard in mainstream media. I found that to be true when I interviewed the African prostitutes, which were a group of people never before heard in Norwegian media. I have a wide range of interests, and I love to explore all kinds of topics, something I think is a vital quality to have for a journalist.”

The most dramatic moment of his career happened on 22 July 2011, when Norway experienced two terror attacks, leaving 77 people dead. Drageset was at work in the capital of Oslo when the bomb struck just 400m away from the newsroom of Radio Norge.

“I had never thought I would experience a terror attack in my life. Experiencing such a traumatic event as a journalist led me to the realisation that I should never take anything for granted. Even though you think you are in a safe place where nothing happens, that can literally change the next second.”

While Drageset is new to the Pacific region, he has taken a keen interest in issues such as climate change, conflicts and press freedom. He has visited both Samoa and Tonga, and has been appointed Pacific Media Watch contributing editor for 2013. He also won the inaugural Pacific Scoop internship for semester 2 and won the Dart Asia-Pacific Centre trauma journalism prize for 2013.

Daniel Drageset stories on PMC

Daniel Drageset stories on Pacific Scoop


 

David Robie

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<strong>Professor, PMC Director</strong></p>

Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

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Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

He holds a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Robie was head of journalism at both the University of Papua New Guinea and USP in Fiji for a decade and has been a resource person for media workshops in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.  He was the 1999 Australian Press Council Fellow, winner of the 2005 Pacific Islands Media Freedom Award (PIMA) and a 2009 'Atenisi University Fellow, Tonga.

He is the founding director of the Pacific Media Centre and editor of Pacific Scoop and PMC Online. Among a range of research and publication activities, he was co-founder of Pacific Media Watch, New Zealand correspondent for Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) and a Pacific researcher for Freedom House.

Founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review, David is also the author of 10 books on Asia-Pacific media and politics, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education and Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. In May 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2014 he was awarded the faculty "Critic and Conscience of Society" Award.

His blog is Cafe Pacific

His AUT staff academic profile

Promoting Asia-Pacific Journalism

David Robie appointed professor at AUT

David Robie on NZ Herald Online

Order David Robie titles at Wheelers Books

David Robie books on Amazon.com

Josephine Latu

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<strong>Former PMW contributing editor</strong></p>

Josephine Latu is a media officer in the Ministry of Information and Communication in Tonga.

Josephine Latu is a media officer in the Ministry of Information and Communication in Tonga.

Previously she was editor of the Tonga Chronicle and Taimi Online.

As a Masters in Communication Studies student at AUT University, she worked part-time in the Pacific Media Centre as a contributing editor on the Pacific Media Watch resource and database.

Her MCS thesis on political reform in Tonga and the media is here.

She was PMW contributing editor between mid-2008 and 2010.

Latu helps Tongan journalist in mentor programme

Josephine Latu stories on PMC Online

Taberannang Korauaba

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<strong>PMC contributor</strong></p>

A former journalist and editor from the Broadcasting Publications Authority (BPA) on Tarawa, he is now a journalist in New Zealand.

Taberannang Korauaba is from Kiribati and has graduated as a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) in AUT's School of Communication Studies and as a Master of Communication Studies (MCS) wiith First Class Honours. He studied on an AUT/Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) Pasifika communications scholarship in 2007 and was also a Pacific Media Watch project researcher that year.

A former journalist and editor from the Broadcasting Publications Authority (BPA) on Tarawa, he has published the I-Kiribati newsletter Tematairiki in New Zealand and has worked with other media. He now publishes the Kiribati Independent and is researching climate change in Micronesia for a doctorate with a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship .

His MCS thesis on climate change

Taberannang Korauaba articles on PMC

Other Taberannang Korauaba stories on Pacific Scoop

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