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Pacific Journalism Review co-editors Professor David Robie and Dr Shailendra Singh.

A collaborative research project between The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has come to fruition with the latest themed edition of the Pacific Journalism Review on climate change communication.

USP Journalism coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh is a co-editor of the edition, which includes the following articles by USP researchers: 

  • Coal comfort: Pacific islands on collision course with Australia over emissions by Dr Wesley Morgan;
  • Climate change advocacy in the Pacific: The role of information and communication technologies by Mr Jason Titifanue, Mr Romitesh Kant, Mr Glen Finau and Mr Jope Tarai; and
  • Newspaper coverage of climate change in Fiji: A content analysis by Ms Sarika Chand.

The other co-editors of the edition are Professor David Robie from AUT’s Pacific Media Centre and Professor Chris Nash from Monash University.

The editor of the Frontline (journalism-as-research) section is Professor Wendy Bacon and Dr Philip Cass is the reviews editor.

The latest issue has been published online and the popular print edition will be out shortly, as Fiji prepares to co-host the COP23 global climate change summit in Bonn, Germany, in November. 

The edition contains 13 regional peer-reviewed research papers on Asia-Pacific climate and the media, along with three un-themed articles on topics ranging from defamation law in Australia to citizen journalism in South Korea.

It also publishes a Frontline research article about the collaborative Bearing Witness project between USP and AUT.

Pacific Journalism Review has been publishing for 23 years and is a ranked international journal indexed by the Scopus international metrics database and others.

Founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994, the peer-reviewed research journal explores journalism, media issues, and communication and diversity in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. 

The journal was based at USP for five (5) years, when its founder/editor, Professor David Robie, was the head of the USP Journalism programme at the University.

The journal is currently published by the Pacific Media Centre and has links with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and ongoing ties with USP.

The Pacific Media Centre is also collaborating with USP Journalism on a major USP Strategic Research Theme (SRT) research project titled, Study of journalists, journalism culture and climate change reporting in 12 USP-member countries.

Fieldwork for the study is scheduled for completion this year.

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