Media and Communication Capacities in the Pacific Region

Duffield, Lee R., Hayes, Mark D., & Watson, Amanda H. A. (2008) Media and Communication Capacities in the Pacific Region. eJournalist, 8(1), pp. 21-34.

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Realities of limited telecommunications and Internet service delivery are putting a restraint on expectations of major impact from new media in Pacific nations. This paper argues that for development tasks at least, a leap forward based on new technology is as yet rather much to bank on, so the widest range of considerations has to be kept in mind – all forms of mass communication media that are available to use and adapt, other opportunity factors, and obstacles to communication.

The paper will examine two cases: the island nation of Tuvalu, and the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. In Tuvalu, checks on media use include limited net access, slow or congested bandwidth speeds, and lack of access to computer services and repairs. In the Western Highlands province of Papua New Guinea, there is currently little access to the Internet, and what there is tends also to be slow and limited. More traditional forms of media such as radio stand to deliver good returns if developed well.

The method of investigation for the two case studies is principally direct observation by the researcher in each case. During extended visits to the two developing regions in question, the researchers participated in local media production or assisted with training. In each case the undertaking was backgrounded with extensive preparatory work including a review of relevant scholarly literature on regional issues and mass media.

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ID Code: 13322
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see link). This article was taken from a refereed paper given at the conference on Convergence, Citizen Journalism and Social Change: Building capacity, Brisbane 27.3.08; University of Queensland, QUT, AMIC Young Communicators Network (Asian Media Communication and Information Centre, Singapore), and
Keywords: Journalism, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Internet
ISSN: 1444-741X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The Authors)
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:39

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