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Policy, papers and pages: Improving media engagement in the Pacific

Volume 19, Issue 1

May, 2013

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Ley, Toby (2013). Policy, papers and pages: Improving media engagement in the Pacific. Pacific Journalism Review, 19(1), 58-72.
Media and democracy in the Pacific
Author(s): Toby Ley
Publication date: 
May, 2013

Commentary: Merits and drawbacks exist in all forms of media across the world, so Pacific Islanders would do well to deeply consider the kind of journalism they want to cultivate in their region. While exposition of media freedom issues is important, there are other ways to progress the media freedom cause aside from raising awareness and discussing the issue explicitly. Media outlets and professionals should stay mindful that they have a role to play in shaping and informing policy discussions and need to recognise that the internet and social media are changing the game—and both government and traditional media can engage more with the online world. The author argues that better connectivity and engagement between media, government and international organisations can help improve quality journalism.