School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing Seminar Series

23 Aug 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Communication Lab
13 Sep 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Communication Lab
20 Sep 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Communication Lab
27 Sep 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Communication Lab
4 Oct 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Communication Lab
11 Oct 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Communication Lab

The School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing presents our annual seminar series, featuring presentations drawing on the latest research in journalism and communication.

Venue: Room 5D12 (Block 5, Level D, Room 5D12), Massey University, Wellington campus (or by Mediasite, links through webpage). Time: 1-2pm, biscuits provided, all welcome.

Wednesday 23 August

Massey Journalism Graduates Over the Past 50 Years: Who They Are, Where They're Employed, What They Think

Presented by A/Prof. Grant Hannis

Beginning in 1966 as the journalism course at Wellington Polytechnic, the Massey journalism programme is the oldest continuously operating journalism school in the country. This paper reports the results of a recent survey of graduates who attended the course across its 50 years. It is the first such survey undertaken. The results reveal how the nature of the students changed over time. It also reveals their career paths after graduation, their views on the course and their advice for today’s young aspiring journalists. Some thoughts on the future of the course are also given.

Wednesday 13 September

Rewarding Communications: From the Oscars to Oprah, and Beyond

Presented by Dr. Luk Swiatek

Can communications be rewarding? If yes, which ones? And rewarding for whom, and how? Alternatively, what do rewards themselves communicate? This presentation outlines what the notion of ‘rewarding communications’ might entail. Given the fact that societies around the world have becoming increasingly preoccupied with rewards of different kinds, this presentation argues that we have reached a point at which it might be very worthwhile to explore communication through the lens of rewards and rewarding. The presentation discusses the different practical and theoretical benefits that this rich area of inquiry could yield.

Wednesday 20 September

“Wisdom of the Crowd” or "Tyranny of the Majority": Constructing Democracy and Debating Racism in Taranaki Daily News

Presented by Dr. Elena Maydell

Wednesday 27 September

Not Your “Standard” Education Policy: National Standards, the Journalistic Identity and the Citizen-Consumer

Presented by Leon Salter

This paper discusses an analysis of daily newspaper editorial coverage of the National Standards education policy between 2009 and 2012. Also drawing on recent surveys of New Zealand journalists, I argue that the policy’s rhetorical emphasis on the dissemination of transparent achievement data carved out a role for journalism that chimed closely with identifications as liberal democracy’s fourth estate. However, when applied to the monitoring of schools, this journalistic identification relies on an assumption of the citizen as consumer, who desires the journalist to pass on neutral information in the form of league tables, in order to choose between products in an educational marketplace.

Wednesday 4 October

Came Back Haunted: Revisiting the Imperial Buildings

Presented by Mark Steelsmith

The modernist project was meant to remove nostalgia from architecture; like many high-minded ideals, though, the disruption of the people living in, and leaving memory traces on, the spaces has been underestimated. The violence, discord, sexuality, abjection, joy and boredom of the living haunts the space, too. Using Mark Fisher’s lost futures version of Hauntology as a frame in my practice-based research, I have studied this building via lived experience, other people’s recollections and archived newspaper articles. I have found that this building has a shaky future, as it is on the Earthquake-Prone Buildings list with a notice that it requires strengthening work before 15 June 2027. This fact makes the possibility of its demolition in the next 10 years quite high. Will it be saved? Will anyone miss it?

11 October

The Surprising Performance of Analogies in Predicting the Future: Examples of Technology Decline Forecasted with Analogous Data

Presented by Murray MacRae


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