2024 PACIFIC MEDIA CONFERENCE
CALL FOR PAPERS



Navigating Challenges and Shaping Futures in Pacific Media Research and Practice.

The University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji.

KEY INFORMATION

Conference Dates:  4 – 6 July 2024

Venue: The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji. 

Abstract Submission: 5 April 2024

Early Bird Registration Payment Deadline: 20 April 2024

Standard Registration Fees Deadline: 20 May 2024

Panel Submission: 5 May 2024

Full Paper Submission: 4 July 2024

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OVERVIEW

The University of the South Pacific’s School of Pacific Arts, Communications and Education (Journalism) will host the 2024 Pacific International Media Conference, with its partners, the Pacific Island News Association (PINA) and the Asia-Pacific Media Network (APMN).

The Pacific region is witnessing unprecedented shifts and challenges in its small and micro media systems due to various forces embedded in governance and political instability; the impact of intense geostrategic competition, primarily between China and the United States; challenges associated with climate change and environmental degradation; and serious issues in the health sector. These trends have compounded the situation in a region that has struggled to achieve sufficient and sustained levels of development for its people’s needs.   

 The news media, which has a major role in reporting these public interest issues, are themselves facing unprecedented challenges, primarily brought on by the digital disruption and the Covid-19 pandemic, on top of the usual difficulties prevalent in small and micro systems, such as low revenue base, high staff turnover and outsized government influence/pressure. The vulnerable Pacific media sector is reeling from the ramifications of changing audience expectations, rapidly declining revenues, and misinformation and disinformation on social media. Another challenge is the onset of Artificial Intelligence in both journalism education and practice.  With the Pacific media sector in the throes of possibly the most profound phase of transformation in its history, it is imperative to monitor and research these turbulences, assess them as they unfold, and chart the way forward.   

The 2024 Pacific Media Conference seeks to bring together professional practitioners, academics, policymakers, civil society organisations and others in the Pacific and beyond to engage in critical discussions on these and other topics relevant to the news media sector.  We welcome abstracts from early career and postgraduate researchers.  

TOPICS

We are now calling for abstracts for research and conference papers, and panel proposals focused on the following topics and related themes in the Asia-Pacific:

REGISTRATION

Conference Fees and Registration

Categories Amount Deadline
Early Bird FJD $300 20 April 2024
Standard FJD $400 20 May 2024
Student FJD $300 20 May 2024

*Students will need to present their student ID card as proof to qualify for special discount.
*Conference fee covers morning tea and lunch over the three days, plus conference dinner with ‘Island Feast’ theme.


SUBMISSIONS

Submissions for abstracts, papers and panels can be sent to the conference chair, A/Prof Shailendra Singh, on following email address: shailendra.singh@usp.ac.fj

Abstracts Deadline: 5 April 2024

Please submit abstracts (max 300w) with presentation title, 5 key words, name, affiliation and email address. Results of abstract review returned to authors generally within 4 weeks.

Panels Deadline: 5 May 2024

Panel proposals should include a 200-word overview, with 200 words from each participant on their contribution, as well as a panel title, author/s and affiliation and keywords. Results of panel proposals confirmed generally within 4 weeks.

Full Paper Deadline: 4 July 2024

The editors will be inviting a selection of the best conference papers to be considered for publication in a special edition of the Pacific Journalism Review (PJR ) or its companion publication Pacific Media Monographs:

Deadline for Papers for double-blind Peer Review

31 August 2024 

Click here for the Pacific Journalism Review website

VENUE:

The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

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