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Call For Papers: Public Right To Know 2004

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SYDNEY (ACIJ/Pacific Media Watch): The 2004 Public Right to Know conference will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney, over the weekend of 20-22 August 2004. This is the fourth in a series of annual conferences organised by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

The theme for the opening night plenary session will be: The right to security vs the public right to know.

We welcome a broad range of participants and papers from all relevant disciplines and professional fields. This year we will include two special themes, and we particularly welcome papers that address them:

1. What, if any, provision should an Australian republican constitution make for the media. In particular, should provision for independent public sector media be entrenched in a republican constitution, and should the ownership and operation of private sector media be regulated in any way? 2. Project Censored. What are the stories of social significance that are overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by our news media? The ACIJ will launch an Australian version of Project Censored, begun in the USA by Sonoma State University.

The PR2K conferences combine academic and non-academic presentations. They examine the importance of free communication within and between journalism, media, the arts, government, the academy, interested organisations and the community. We strongly encourage proposals for presentations of case studies that illustrate some of the principles and complexities that occur in practice.

A selection of the academic conference papers will be peer-reviewed and published following the Conference.

2004 Conference: Key dates

* Call for Papers - issued on 6 May * Academic Abstracts - due 30 June * Proposals for Non Academic Presentations - due 30 June * Acceptance of Papers - notified by 16 July * Conference Registration - commences 28 July * Conference Opening Night - 20 August * Conference - 2 full days - 21 & 22 August 2003


More information on the conference is available at the PR2K website:

For further information contact: ACIJ Director, Associate Professor Chris Nash: ACIJ Manager, Dominic O¹Grady:



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