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PIMA Showcases Pacific Media Talent

PIMA Showcases Pacific Media Talent

By Kate Fisher

AUCKLAND (Te Waha Nui/Pacific Media Watch): "Our voices, our faces, our words, our dreams" is the theme for this year's Pacific Islands Media Association conference to be held at Auckland University of Technology this week.

The annual PIMA conference brings together Pacific Islanders who work in the media industry.

The Pacific Media Awards aim to encourage excellence.

Chairman John Utanga says overseas speakers have attended in the past, but this year the focus of the conference is on the "great work people are doing here".

A discussion panel of producers - Stan Wolfgramm (Pacific Beat), Rachel Jean (The Market) and Stephen Stehlin (Tagata Pasifika) - will speak at the conference on themes in creative writing and broadcast television.

Alongside them will be other Pacific writers, directors and producers, including contributors to the award-winning series bro'Town and TV2's new series, The Market.

"We'll look at what it is about the broadcast landscape that it is making Pacific stories popular and how we can keep it going," says Utanga.

The conference will be held on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8. For further information, see the PIMA website:

Watch for AUT Journalism coverage of the conference at:



PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media based in Sydney, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG), the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Community Communications Online (c2o).

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