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Our neighbour's view : Australian media cover of PNG

By Martha Ginau, Evangelia Papoutsaki, Amanda H. A. Watson and Lee R. Duffield


This chapter reviews the incidence of coverage of Papua New Guinea affairs in the Australian press and in Australian broadcast media. It presents the findings of a formal monitoring of selected newspaper coverage and news broadcasts of the leading Australian television and radio outlets. The study also includes news stories published on ABC Online. The findings for print media suggest that coverage of PNG is inadequate and may be contributing towards negative images of that country in Australia. The broadcast monitoring found also that beyond the ABC's regular and balanced coverage, there was very little mention of PNG on Australian airwaves. The deployment of resources by the ABC was seen as a potential model for increased quantity and quality of coverage, with its maintenance of a correspondent and office in the country, and use of reports from PNG across a wide range of programs. The investigation noted some early indications of a shift in media attention, following the election of a new government in Australia in 2007, which gave some priority attention to PNG including a visit by the then Prime Minister

Topics: 190301 Journalism Studies, Papua New Guinea, Media Coverage Australia, ABC
Publisher: Divine Word University (DWU) Press: Madang, and Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology
Year: 2011
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