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Review: Mixed bag with an eye on PBRF deadline

Scooped book cover

Volume 18, Issue 2

October, 2012

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Atkinson, J. (2012). Mixed bag with an eye on PBRF deadline. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(2): 186-189. Review of: Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Martin Hirst, Sean Phelan and Verica Rupa. Auckland: AUT Media. 2012, 232 pp. ISBN 9780958299763
Author(s): Joe Atkinson
Review of book by Martin Hirst, Sean Phelan and Verica Rupa
Publication date: 
October, 2012

There is a very good and useful book waiting to escape from this collection on journalism and public affairs in New Zealand. Its editorial troika of scholars (from three different universities) have set themselves laudable but editorially exacting goals, made more demanding by the accelerated climate of academic publishing. The stated editorial intent is to address the ‘tensions between [journalistic] practitioners and academics … exemplified in the enduring tendency to see “theory” and “practice” as irrevocably opposed’ (p. 21), and to ‘redirect [New Zealand journalism] towards a more critical and reflexive position of intellectual confidence and independence’ (p. 24).