Combining detached watchdog journalism with development ideals: An exploration of Fijian journalism culture

Hanusch, Folker & Uppal, Charu (2015) Combining detached watchdog journalism with development ideals: An exploration of Fijian journalism culture. International Communication Gazette, 77(6), pp. 557-576.

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Development journalism has been a key focus of discussion among journalism scholars for around half a decade, but most of the attention has been firmly on African and Asian countries. This paper examines the situation on the little-researched island nation of Fiji, which has experienced considerable political instability since independence in 1970. Based on interviews with 77 of the country’s small population of just over 100 journalists, we find that journalism in Fiji exhibits similarities to Western journalism ideals, but also a significant development journalism orientation. A comparison with six other countries from the global South shows that this mix is not unique, and we argue that Western journalism approaches and development ideals are not by necessity mutually exclusive, as has often been argued. In this way, the article aims to contribute to a reassessment of our understanding of development journalism and how journalists in developing societies view their work.

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ID Code: 90397
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Culture, development journalism, Fiji, journalist, Pacific, professional views survey, watchdog
DOI: 10.1177/1748048515597873
ISSN: 1748-0493
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2015 02:46
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2015 05:58

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