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Combining detached watchdog journalism with development ideals: An exploration of Fijian journalism culture.
Queensland University of Technology.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0009-2972
2015 (English)In: International Communication Gazette, ISSN 1748-0485, E-ISSN 1748-0493, Vol. 77, no 6, p. 557-576Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 article 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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2015. Vol. 77, no 6, p. 557-576
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Culture; development journalism; Fiji; journalist; Pacific; professional views survey; watchdog
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38320DOI: 10.1177/1748048515597873ISI: 000364571200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38320DiVA, id: diva2:867512
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Available from: 2015-11-05 Created: 2015-11-05 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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