DAVID Robie is an academic and a journalist, vastly knowledgeable in PNG and Pacific affairs, who – among other activities – edits an informative, well-designed and important website, Asia Pacific Report.
The website is a joint non-profit educational venture between the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology and Multimedia Investments Ltd, an Auckland-based media investment company run by independent social justice journalist Selwyn Manning.
It’s a news and information source that you can find here and which I strongly commend to all readers.
The region in which Papua New Guinea under a strong and competent government is potentially a key player is of great strategic importance in some of the key issues of our time.
These include the great power rivalry between China and the United States, climate change, minerals and agriculture, human development and a stable South Pacific area whose component nations can collaborate, share and prosper.
Considered against such a backdrop, and the overall failure of news media to pay much attention to this area, Asia Pacific Report offers an invaluable and independent source of news and information.
Among its other objectives are to focus on justice issues for marginalised people, to boost the quality of regional journalism and to provide Asia-Pacific journalism internships.
And Asia Pacific Report practises what it preaches. The website content is mainly written by postgraduate student journalists undertaking the Pacific Media Centre’s course in journalism studies at Auckland University of Technology.
The students write on a range of Asia-Pacific issues and their reports are supplemented by articles from the University of the South Pacific, Wansolwara newspaper, the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and contributing journalists and academics.
Editor, Dr David Robie (follow him on twitter @AsiaPacificReport.nz), is a New Zealand author, journalist and media educator who has covered the Asia-Pacific region for more than 20 years.
He became an associate professor in Auckland University of Technology School of Communication Studies in 2005 and a professor in 2011.
In 1985, he sailed on board the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior until it was bombed by French secret agents in Auckland harbour.
In 1993-1997, Dr Robie headed the University of Papua New Guinea journalism program and in 1998-2002 became coordinator of the University of the South Pacific journalism school.
He is a prominent advocate of Pacific media freedom and the author of several books on South Pacific media and politics.