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Dimensions of Indigenous journalism culture : exploring Maori news-making in Aotearoa New Zealand

By Folker Hanusch


Indigenous news media have experienced significant growth across the globe in recent years, but they have received only limited attention in mainstream society or the journalism and communication research community. Yet, Indigenous journalism is playing an arguably increasingly important role in contributing to Indigenous politics and identities, and is worthy of closer analysis. Using in-depth interviews, this article provides an overview of the main dimensions of Indigenous journalism as they can be found in the journalism culture of Māori journalists in Aotearoa New Zealand. It argues that Māori journalists see their role as providing a counter-narrative to mainstream media reporting and as contributing to Indigenous empowerment and revitalization of their language. At the same time, they view themselves as watchdogs, albeit within a culturally specific framework that has its own constraints. The article argues that the identified dimensions are reflective of evidence on Indigenous journalism from across the globe

Topics: 190301 Journalism Studies, 200100 COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES, native journalism, Indigenous, role perception, journalism culture, New Zealand, Maori, journalism, Indigenous media
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1177/1464884913495757
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