Pacific Media Centre Launches New News Website

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Auckland University of Technology to provide ‘fresh "Pacific" voice’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Pacific Scoop, Jan. 29, 2016) – AUT’s Pacific Media Centre and Evening Report editor Selwyn Manning have teamed up to launch Asia Pacific Report, a news website that will provide a fresh "Pacific" voice to bolster Asia Pacific news and analysis in New Zealand.

PMC director Professor David Robie says the collaboration is a result of a gap in the media market for an independent Asia-Pacific voice that addressed issues of equity and justice.

"AsiaPacificReport.nz will feature in-depth current affairs news stories focused on telling the ‘untold stories’. It will be a public space for no froth journalism about real pressing issues," he says.

Postgraduate student journalists, academics and journalists around the region will contribute to news reports and features on the website which was launched yesterday evening at AUT’s City Campus.

The idea for Asia Pacific Report was birthed from Professor Robie and Manning’s desire to bring the Pacific Media Centre’s work beyond the university, to serve a greater global audience.

Asia Pacific Report will work closely with Manning’s company Multimedia Investments to enable the publishing of content into other global media outlets such as Dow Jones Factiva, Lexis Nexis, Moreover and Acquire media.

"Multimedia Investments will provide significant reach for the PMC’s reportage and analysis," explains Manning. "We are confident Asia Pacific Report will be a significant outlet and a reliable source for public discourse and debate within the region."

Dr Robie paid tribute to the contribution of Pacific Scoop for the region over six years at the launch.

Pacific Cooperation Foundation CEO Laulu Mac Leauanae did the honours launching the website yesterday, and a 15 minute documentary The PMC Project by Pacific Media Watch graduate journalist Alistar Kata was also screened at the launch.

The documentary is about the work of the Pacific Media Centre, including interviews with staff, student journalists and their projects.

To watch the documentary, click here.

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