Contemporary trends in Pacific media and potential implications for society and governance

Event details

SSGM Seminar Series

Date & time

Thursday 26 May 2022
12.30pm–1.30pm

Venue

Zoom

Speaker

Dr. Shailendra Singh

Contacts

DPA

PLEASE NOTE: This event is a hybrid event and will take place both in-person and online.

Speaker: Dr. Shailendra Singh

Head of journalism, University of the South Pacific.

Handicapped as they are by various structural weaknesses, Pacific media nonetheless play a crucial role in good governance and efforts to address corruption. Pacific media are characterised by resource constraints, small audiences, limited advertising markets, dependence on the state for revenue and lack of research. Typically, journalists are young, inexperienced, and trained ‘on the job’. In some countries, they face hostile governments. While the media survived these risks in the past, there are new challenges to reckon with. The adverse financial impacts of the digital disruption and COVID-19 have exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities. Pacific media are also caught in the geostrategic contest between China and the West. This seminar looks at these winds of change and their potential implications.

About the Speaker

Shailendra Singh has a doctorate from the University of Queensland. He is an experienced Pacific journalist previously with The Fiji Times; The Review and Pacific Business; fijiLive.com; associate editor of the Daily Post. Dr Singh is a member of the advisory board of the Pacific Journalism Review. His main research interests include media for democracy, media development and conflict reporting, with a Pacific focus.

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