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Spotlight on the future of the media

Spotlight on the future of the media

International speakers and delegates will gather in Auckland in early December for an important Southern Hemisphere conference on the future of the news media.

City University’s Professor Roy Greenslade, a former editor of the Daily Mirror, author and leading international commentator on the media, will lead a line-up of expert speakers at the conference.

Other key speakers will include Radio New Zealand chief Peter Cavanagh, Maori TV head of news, Te Anga Nathan and William Akel, a media law specialist.

TVNZ head of news Bill Ralston, new media commentator Russell Brown, New Zealand Herald editor Tim Murphy and Sunday Star-Times editor Cate Brett are other media luminaries who will take part in panel discussions.

Dubbed Journalism Downunder – the future of the media in the digital age, the conference will be only the second to have been held jointly by the Journalism Educators of Australia (JEA) and the Journalism Education Association of New Zealand (JEANZ).

Papers to be presented include discussion of media freedom since 9/11, issues in the Pacific media, the protection of privacy, photojournalism in the digital age, the digital media (from web publishing to mobile technology), media history and the teaching of our future journalists.

The three-day conference, from December 4 to 7, will see the future of the press discussed on day one, television news on day two and radio news on day three.

Conference delegates will come from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, the US and other Pacific Rim countries.

As well as registration for the full conference, organisers have created a daily registration fee of $200 to encourage those who work in the media to also attend the conference.

In addition, members of the public can attend each day’s keynote address and morning panel discussion for $25.

The conference is being organised by AUT University’s School of Communication Studies.

Convenor Allison Oosterman said it would be “a truly valuable opportunity for journalism professionals to get together to extend their knowledge”.

The conference will be held at the central city’s Rendezvous Hotel, known until recently as the Carlton Hotel.

Sponsors include TVNZ, the New Zealand Herald, the Sunday Star-Times, the National Business Review, Printsprint, AUT University’s School of Communications, the University of Canterbury and the Journalists Training Organisation.

More details are on the conference website:


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