REGION: Pacific Media Watch Relaunched As Digital Monitoring Database
Centre/Pacific Media Watch, June 10
AUT University has relaunched the 12-year-old Pacific Media Watch as a dynamic digital database for regional media monitoring.
Launching the database along with the latest edition of the research journal Pacific Journalism Review last night, Office of Pasifika Advancement director Pauline Winter described the new media resource as invaluable for media and journalism schools.
Office of Pasifika Advancement director Pauline Winter (pictured right) ... relaunched Pacific Media Watch. The new Pacific Media Centre took over development of the PMW service last year and has established the database as the first project on DSpace, a digital archive set up by the university's Creative Industries Research Institute (CIRI).
The revamped service combines more than 5000 news reports on Pacific media freedom, ethics, education and training issues - updated daily - with a major archive of media research reports and documents, and audio and video clips.
The CIRI director, professor Olaf Diegel, described the Pacific Media Centre as the "fastest growing" research centre at the university.
The original PMW news monitoring service was established in 1996 as a journalism partnership between the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Papua New Guinea. The University of the South Pacific journalism school has also been a key contributor in recent years.
Image: ScreenShot of the new DSpace.
PMW campaigned in support of Tongan publisher Kalafi Moala, fellow journalist Filokalafi 'Akau'ola and pro-democracy MP 'Akilisi Pohiva who were wrongful jailed that year for contempt of Parliament.
Pacific Media Centre director associate professor David Robie paid tribute to the researchers and students involved in the centre, and praised Sydney television journalist Peter Cronau, Kiribati journalist Taberannang Korauaba and others for their past work in developing the Pacific Media Watch archive.
Pacific Journalism Review is published twice a year by the PMC, often in partnership with other institutions.
The latest edition has been published as a collaborative venture with Massey University's Department of Journalism, Communication and Marketing and features research papers from the national journalism conference at Massey last December.
Contributors include Prime Minister Helen Clark; Fortune magazine journalist Bethany McLean, who exposed the Enron financial scandal; and Dominion Post editor Tim Pankhurst.
Several PMC research associates also presented short reports on their projects, ranging from a TV documentary in progress about mining, the environment and the media in New Caledonia to a photojournalism report about Ngatihine land rights and a media controversy in the Far North.