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AUT Asia-Pacific Journalism students to cover special Forum

AUT's Asia-Pacific Journalism students to file special Forum coverage

August 31, 2011

Auckland - Nine postgraduate Asia-Pacific Journalism students have been accredited to cover the South Pacific Forum leaders summit in Auckland and related civil society issue conferences next week.

This will be the largest special coverage of a single Pacific political and social issues event by any journalism school in New Zealand.

International visitors include the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The reporting team includes students from China and Papua New Guinea and will be led by Pacific Media Watch contributing editor Alex Perrottet and PMC director Dr David Robie. They will be supported by Scoop editor Selwyn Manning.

Their coverage will be run on Pacific Scoop website www.pacific.scoop.co.nz which is edited by the Pacific Media Centre.

The APJ students' reports will be supplemented by other Pacific journalists such as Kiribati Independent editor Taberannang Korauaba and Pacific academic specialist commentators and analysts.

The Forum special reports will also be archived (pre-Forum reports have already been posted here):

The PMC is also partnering other groups during the week:

• Suva-based Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) for a media workshop (September 4/5 at the Otago University Auckland Campus in Queen St);
• The Auckland-based Indonesian Human Rights Committee (IHRC), which is hosting three West Papuan civil rights activists on the AUT marae (powhiri at 10am on Tuesday, September 6);
• and Amnesty International for the launch of a special report on gender and human rights at the AUT Conference Centre (also being launched at 10am on Tuesday, September 6).

All welcome to the AUT-based events.

The full PIF and civil society programme of activities (including AUT events) is here.


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