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Volume 24, Issue 1

Disasters, cyclones and communication
Connecting the dots in Asia-Pacific
July, 2018

Erosion of graves in the village cemetery of Demak Timbulsloko in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Image: De Abcede/Pacific Journalism Review

In this issue…

Editors: David Robie, Philip Cass, Khairiah A. Rahman, Shailendra Singh, Vissia Ita Yulianto and Hermin Indah Wahyuni

This edition features a range of papers about narratives of disaster, social media and emergencies and climate change. It will also feature some papers from Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate: The Second Pacific Climate Change Conference hosted by Victoria University of Wellington and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand, on 21-23 February 2018. The editorial features a keynote address at the conference by 2010 Nobel Peace co-laureate Professor Elisabeth Holland of the University of the South Pacific. The edition is published in collaboration with the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) and IKAT: The Indonesian Journal for Southeast Asian Studies at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and also the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Frontline editor: Wendy Bacon
Associate editor and reviews editor: Philip Cass
Design editor: Del Abcede
Proof readers: Linnéa Eltes
Cover: Pamela Valenzuela
Tuwhera OJS online support: Luqman Hayes and Donna Coventry
Print edition: Little Island Press




1. EDITORIAL: Connecting the Pacific dots
David Robie, Hermin Indah Wahyuni


2. Ecological communication in Asia-Pacific
A comparative analysis of social adaptation to maritime disaster in Indonesia and Fiji
Andi Awaluddin Fitrah, David Robie, Fitri Handayani, Hermin Indah Wahyuni
3. Narratives of natural disaster survivors in Indonesian media
The case of Tempo magazine
Budi Irawanto
4. Post-disaster recovery is a marathon, not a sprint
The need for a state-sponsored recovery scheme
Amanda Gearing
5. Australian media coverage of two pivotal climate change summits
A comparative study between COP15 and COP21
Johan Lidberg
6. Coverage of extreme weather events and natural hazards in Pacific Island Countries
The need for media capacity-building
Shailendra Singh, Vijay Naidu
7. Backpack reporting of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Implications of convergent technologies on disaster journalism
Norman Zafra
8. Social media and disaster communication: A case study of Cyclone Winston
Glenn Finau, Jason Titifanue, Jope Tarai, Romitesh Kant
9. A plan nobody hopes they will need
New Zealand and climate change migration
Philip Cass


10. Bearing Witness 2017
Year 2 of a Pacific climate change storytelling project


11. Women newspaper editors in NZ: Short term love affair
Catherine Strong
12. A tale of two statues
Contemporary conflict reporting constraints and the Battle of Baghdad
Steve Ellmers