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Vol 20, No 1, May 2014


Edition editors: Professor Wendy Bacon (ACIJ), Associate Professr Tom Morton (UTS-ACIJ)  and Professor David Robie

Vol 20, No 2, November 2014


Edition editors: Dr Lee Duffield (QUT) and Professor David Robie
Associate editors: Dr Allison Oosterman (AUT) and Dr Philip Cass (Unitec)
Frontline editor: Professor Wendy Bacon (ACIJ)
Reviews editor: Dr Allison Oosterman (AUT)

Pacific Journalism Review will be celebrating 20 years of publication in November. A special edition is planned for November instead of the usual October edition and a special birthday conference at AUT University will mark the occasion. The journal was founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994 and published there for four years. It subsequently relocated to the University of the South Pacific in 1998 and became a research journal of AUT University in 2003. Since it has been publishing at AUT, PJR  has published some 169 research articles – more than half of them contributed by JEA members.  It has also been supported by JEANZ. The articles are archived on databases in four countries and have been indexed at SCOPUS for the past two years. A comparative analysis paper is currently being researched by a JEA member on the history of the journal. The editors would like to thank all those contributors who have supported the journal over the years and we would also like to invite special contributions for this next edition. Space will also be provided for some reflections.

More information about the birthday “event” will be circulated later.

An edition sub-theme will include selected papers from the Oceans and Nations Symposium integrated into the Pacific Science Inter-Congress in Fiji during July 2013, which explored relations between the crisis environment in political and related development among the emergent nation-states of the Pacific and its impact on the environment and media. Issues of ‘failed’ nation-states, political meltdowns, coups and increasing militarisation have dogged the recent postcolonial history of the Pacific.

Other papers are invited addressing Asia-Pacific themes such as:

•    ‘Failed’ states and political meltdowns
•    Coups and increasing militarisation
•    Climate change and the environment
•    Urbanisation and cultural dilemmas
•    The legacy of nuclear fallout to ‘carbon colonialism’
•    The impact of political crisis on creativity
•    Censorship and free expression in the media
•    Documentary making in the Pacific

Articles on unthemed topics related to media and journalism theory and practice may also be considered for the edition.

The double blind peer-reviewed journal has five main sections: Research articles, Commentaries, Frontline, Forum and Reviews.

The APA-based style guide is at:
Managing editor: Professor David Robie

Articles - up to 6000 words
Commentaries - 1500 to 3000 words
Frontline (Journalism as research) – up to 6000 wds
Reviews - up to 1500 words (Noted short reviews: 300 words)
Forum (contributions to debate) - up to 800 words.

Next edition submission deadline:

January 20, 2014

Forthcoming issues of PJR:

20(1) May 2014: Investigative journalism trends (ed 3)  (inquiries to Professor Wendy Bacon, co-editors Associate Professor Tom Morton and Professor David Robie). Now in production.

20(2) October/November 2014: 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION: Media creativity and 'failed states' (inquiries to Professor David Robie and Dr Mohit Prasad, themed around the "Oceans and Nations: 'Failed' states and the environment in the Pacific" symposium at the University of the South Pacific, 10-11 July 2013), deadline June 20, 2014.