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Suburban Newspapers’ reporting of Māori news

Volume 17, Issue 2

October, 2011

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Rankine, Jenny., Barnes, Angela Moeweka., Borell, Belinda., McCreanor, Timothy., Nairn, Raymond., & Gregory, Amanda. (2011). Suburban Newspapers’ reporting of Māori news. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2): 50-71.
Media, cultural diversity and community
Author(s): Angela Moewaka Barnes, Belinda Borell, Amanda Gregory, Tim McCreanor, Raymond Nairn, Jenny Rankine
Publication date: 
October, 2011

JENNY RANKINE, ANGELA MOEWAKA BARNES, BELINDA BORELL, TIMOTHY McCREANOR, RAYMOND NAIRN and AMANDA GREGORY (Te Rōpu Whariki Research Group, Massey University, Auckland)
A content analysis of editorial items about Māori issues and the Treaty of Waitangi in 14 Suburban Newspaper publications in Auckland and Northland found a low proportion of articles about these issues, despite high proportions of Māori resident in several areas served by these publications. Stories included a higher proportion of apparent news releases compared to a national sample of non-daily papers. Māori perspectives came largely from sources representing pan-Māori non-government organisations; Suburban Newspapers used a low proportion of iwi and hapū sources compared with other community papers. Use of te reo Māori was low, and there were no signs of attempts to support readers in learning or increasing their understanding of te reo Māori. This article concludes that Māori and non-Māori readers are poorly served by the poverty of Suburban Newspapers’ reporting of Treaty and Māori issues.