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About Pacific Journalism Review

Pacific Journalism Review, founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994, is a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. It has since 2007 been published by the Pacific Media Centre, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand, and has links with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and the University of the South Pacific. PJR was ranked ‘B’ by the Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) board of the Australian Research Council in 2010, which places PJR in the top 30 percent of international refereed journals in related disciplines. In 2011, the Australian College of Journalism Professors recommended that PJR should be ranked 'A'.  PJR is the only New Zealand-based media and/or politics research journal indexed by the PBRF metrics aggregator SCOPUS. In 2014 it will be celebrating 20 years of publication.

Themes: While one objective is research into Pacific journalism theory and practice, the journal is also expanding its interest into new areas of research and inquiry that reflect the broader impact of contemporary media practice and education. A particular focus will be on the cultural politics of the media, including the following issues – new media and social movements, indigenous cultures in the age of globalisation, the politics of tourism and development, the role of the media and the formation of national identity and the cultural influence of New Zealand as a branch of the global economy within the Pacific region. It also has a special interest in environmental and development studies in the media and communication – and vernacular media in the region.

Main sections:    

  • Research: Academic research and analysis papers (4000-6000 words)
  • Commentary: Industry insights, developments and practice (1500-3000 words)
  • Frontline: Investigative journalism as research (up to 6000 words)
  • Reviews: Books, online developments, multimedia, video (500-1000 words)
    Reviews editor:  Dr Allison Oosterman
  • Forum: Letters, brief commentaries (up to 800 words)
  • Content and inquiries:
  • Managing editor: Professor David Robie
  • Associate editor: Dr Allison Oosterman
  • Editorial board

Note: This website is dynamic and the article and review archive are not yet complete. To gain free access to the fulltext articles on this database, you need to register an account and then log-in.

Full text articles can be found in the print edition in good libraries or on international PJR digital databases since 2002. Archival articles for back editions are being continuously added to the website. Latest editions on databases can be seen here. Fulltext of all PJR articles can be accessed at Informit.

An earlier version of the Pacific Journalism Review website, 2007.














Pacific Journalism Review Articles, Volumes 1 to 12
Full text from 1994 onwards available in New Zealand on the Knowledge Basket Newztext Magazines database.

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Full text Informit database

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