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Combining detached watchdog journalism with development ideals: An exploration of Fijian journalism culture

Folker Hanusch, Charu Uppal

International Communication Gazette, Volume: 77, Issue: 6, Pages: 557 - 576

Swansea University Author: Charu Uppal

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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 considerab...

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Published in: International Communication Gazette
ISSN: 1748-0485 1748-0493
Published: SAGE Publications 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58688
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Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Culture, development journalism, Fiji, journalist, Pacific, professional views survey, watchdog
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 6
Start Page: 557
End Page: 576