Journalism In Island Communities

Journalism in island communities presents its own opportunities and challenges. The media is a vital component of democracy, helping to hold elected officials and other stakeholders to account, but for smaller communities where most people may know each other, this presents its own unique challenges. With a challenging global media landscape that threatens the viability of many small outlets, how are islands responding?

Speakers

Wanjohi Kabukuru

Journalist & Editor at the Indian Ocean Observatory

Wanjoh Kabukuru i is an award-winning international media trainer, editor and journalist, with a specialty in environmental journalism. Over the last 20 years his articles have been published in top-notch publications such as New African, African Business, Seychelles News Agency, African Banker, Radio France International (RFI), Inter Press Service (IPS), Diplomat East Africa, BBC Focus on Africa, Mail & Guardian, Africa Renewal and 100Reporters among other numerous publications. Wanjohi has worked extensively in the multi-cultural environments of more than 10 countries in East, Central and Horn of Africa together with the Indian Ocean nations and is a board member of several international media organisations. He is the current editor and head of the Indian Ocean Observatory Media Unit and a correspondent for the UN’s Africa Renewal, based on Lamu Island, Kenya.
Wanjohi Kabukuru

Journalist & Editor at the Indian Ocean Observatory

Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor

Manager at RNZ Pacific

Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor

Manager at RNZ Pacific

Dominic Godfrey

RNZ Pacific Journalist

Dominic Godfrey

RNZ Pacific Journalist

Manisha Deena

Multimedia journalist at Lexpress

Manisha Deena

Multimedia journalist at Lexpress

Partner

RNZ International

RNZ International (Māori: Ko Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa) is a division of Radio New Zealand and the official international broadcasting station of New Zealand. It broadcasts a variety of news, current affairs and sports programmes in English and news in seven Pacific languages. The station's mission statement requires it to promote and reflect New Zealand in the Pacific, and better relations between New Zealand and Pacific countries.