Scooped: The politics and power of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Scooped is finally available. You can order online from Exisle Books

This book is the first new text on New Zealand journalism in ten years. Scooped is an edited collection of essays canvassing the politics and power of journalism and the news media in New Zealand today.

Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand critically examines some of the most pressing economic, political, social and cultural issues facing journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Approaching journalism as a field of cultural production, the book brings together contributions from a diverse list of academics and journalists, and interrogates the commonsense assumptions that typically structure public discussion of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Rather than simply treating power as something others have, and politics as something that the media simply covers, the book situates journalism itself as a site of power and cultural politics. Lamenting the often antagonistic relationship between journalism and academia, the book offers a vision of a critically engaged journalism studies that should be of interest to academics, students, journalists and general readers.


About the editors:

Martin Hirst is Associate Professor in Journalism at the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. In 2011 he published News 2.0: Can journalism survive the internet? Hirst was Journalism Curriculum Leader at AUT University, Auckland, from 2007-2011. He is author or co-author of five books, more than 15 journal articles, and Co-director of the Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy.

Sean Phelan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Wellington, and moved to Aotearoa New Zealand from Ireland in 2003. He has a particular research interest in the relationship between critical political theory and media and journalism studies. He is the editor (along with Lincoln Dahlberg) of Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics (2011).

Verica Rupar is a lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. She has worked previously as a journalist in serbia, Slovenia and Hungary, and taught journalism at the University of Belgarde (Serbia), Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and the University of Tasmania (Australia). She is currently working on projects focusing on journalism practice in a comparative context.

List of chapters


Journalism in the digital era

Steve Maharey


Journalism and journalism studies in Aotearoa New Zealand

Sean Phelan, Verica Rupar & Martin Hirst

chapter  1

New thoughts on the public sphere in Aotearoa New Zealand

Wayne Hope

chapter  2

The cultural politics of journalism: Quotidian intellectuals and the power of media capital

Martin Hirst

chapter  3

Reporting te Tiriti: Producing and performing the colonial society

Sue Abel, Tim McCreanor and Angela Moewaka Barnes

chapter  4

Media power, journalism and agency

Sean Phelan

chapter  5

Last chance to see? Public broadcasting policy and the public sphere in New Zealand

Peter A. Thompson

chapter  6

Politics, power and political journalists

Margie Comrie

chapter  7

People like us: The cultural geography of New Zealand’s international news

Donald Matheson

chapter  8

Framing a traitor in five key words: New Zealand newspapers, Russell Coutts and the America’s Cup 2003

Slavko Gajevic

chapter  9

A critical look at New Zealand journalism education

Ruth Thomas

chapter  10

Journalism and the electronic public sphere

Selwyn Manning

chapter  11

From festivals to famine – and the silence in between: A reflection on Pacific Islanders, presentation and re-presentation in media

Richard Pamatatau

chapter  12

The politics of practice and the voice of the New Zealand Listener

Finlay Macdonald

chapter 13

Twenty-five ways to have better journalism

Nicky Hager

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