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(video) A Pacific economist as a journalist (lecture to USP Journalism Students, 2007).


Academics do not usually make good journalists.  But the popular media is a most powerful way to reach ordinary people, far more than academic articles sitting in distant journals.  This lecture to USP journalism students and staff was on the lessons I have learnt from my twenty five years of experience in writing for newspapers, and what Pacific themes that Pacific journalism students might want to focus on over the next few years.

This lecture was given when the television monopoly was about to be broken by the advent of Mai TV, and later Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

Clip 1  How an academic became a “journalist”

Clip 2  My typical structure of a newspaper article: middle, conclusion, introduction, sub-titles

Clip 3  A cartoon is worth a thousand words

Clip 4  Always review later, delete personal references and “throw-away” lines

Clip 5  Always be fair to both sides of arguments

Clip 6  Journalism must be also about good and positive news, not just the bad

Clip 7   Journalism faults of academics

Clip 8    Bad journalism practices

Clip 9   Media ownership and structure, and  discouragement of creative journalists

Clip 10  Anti-intellectual bias in the media, and journalists as endangered species

Clip 11  Perennial themes for Pacific journalists: worsening nutrition and free trade agreements

Clip 12  More perennial themes: civil service productivity; education, health and military expenditure

Clip 13   Missed opportunities by Fiji TV media and TV profitability.

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