Monday, October 18, 2010

PJR wins global creative industries award

Pacific Media Centre

Pacific Journalism Review has won a Creative Stimulus Award for academic journals in the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Creative Industries in Beijing, China, this month.

The journal, published by AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre and now in its 16th year, was one of five international journals to receive awards.

Other journals honoured include the British-based International Journal of Cultural Studies.

Professor Barry King of AUT’s Faculty of Creative Technologies, who was present for the awards ceremony as part of the 5th Creative China Harmonious World International Forum on Cultural Industries, accepted the prize on PJR’s behalf.

Professor King, who is on the advisory board of the PMC, said: “The inclusion of PJR with world class journals such as the International Journal of Cultural Studies is a testament to its development into a journal of reference and international quality in the field of journalism practice and education.

“AUT’s international reputation in a key partner market benefits significantly from the efforts of the editor, Associate Professor David Robie, and his team.”

The award citation said that in view of its “innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics” PJR was being awarded the title of “Motivated Thinking Periodical”.

During the conference, the Global Academic Association of Cultural Industries (GAACI) was established.

In the initiation ceremony, Professor Fan Zhou, dean of the Institute of Cultural Industries (ICI), Communication University of China (CUC); and Professor John Hartley, foundation dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries at Australia's Queensland University of Technology, delivered the founding declaration.

Six other members in different fields of cultural industries, including AUT's Professor King, also participated in the ceremony.

Other universities include the University of Adelaide, Australia; Belgium's Free University of Brussels; Chulalongkorn University of Thailand; Keio University of Japan; and Singapore's Nanyang Technology University.

Professor Fan said: "The association will build a cooperation platform by sharing research and teaching resources and experience, including staff exchange, joint research programmes and academic conferences to promote the development of education and research in cultural industries."

Pictured: Top: Professor Barry King (third from right) at the inauguration of the Global Academic Association of Cultural Industries (GAACI) in Beijing. Middle: PJR editor Dr David Robie with the plaque and certificate (Photo: Melanie Curry-Irons/AUT). Above: The latest edition of PJR.

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PMC feedback said...

A selection of comments from the JEAnet:

Dear David,

Have just seen your news – congratulations! This is well deserved acclaim for a valuable and respected contributor to journalism scholarship.

Best wishes,
Anne Dunn, Sydney University

Well done David and the PJR editorial team. The award is richly deserved, especially since you've worked so tirelessly for the last 16 years to sustain such an important and highly respected Journal. Congratulations.

Trevor Cullen,
Edith Cowan University

Good on you David – you’ve worked so hard and so long not only on establishing the journal, but on raising awareness of south pacific issues in general – it’s great to see you getting that acknowledgement.

Susie Eisenhuth
UTS Journalism

Everyone involved with PJR, especially of course David, are to be
congratulated for this excellent result. I have been saying in the UK and
elsewhere for some time that the Pacific Journalism Review has become a
must-read for journalists, educators and students not only locally and
regionally but internationally. The proof of this is its being in such important company and able to stand side by side with other internationally
acclaimed journals. I have just had the most recent edition, it arrived
yesterday and I spent yesterday afternoon and evening reading ALL of it with
great interest. The themed edition, Media Freedom in Oceania is an excellent
one, full of important information and research that isn't avail;able
anywhere else easily. This journal knows what it's about and takes no
prisoners in its search for editorial independence. It drags the rest of the
field with it. What I always like is the way the smaller populations get a
say in this journal, and it is never just a clone of other approaches to
journal composition. In this edition we learn about the Cook Islands...what
other journal would do that. And Fiji, PNG,Samoa, Vanuatu,Tonga, this alone
makes it an absolutely vital educational and research tool. Congratulations
to all, you deserve it.

John Herbert

PMC feedback said...

Also from JEAnet:

Thanks for your generous comments, David, but I really think you should take the credit for this achievement. As a fellow journal editor, I know just how much blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes it takes to achieve a top product and the award is very well deserved. Congratulations to you and your team..

Ian Richards
Australian Journalism Review