We have gathered a wide range of voices together to build an in-depth discussion on a rapidly changing industry. We have contributions from a broad range of highly-respected, experienced journalists, commentators, academics, writers, thinkers, designers, as well as emerging journalists.

  • Peter Arnett is Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent (one of the only New Zealanders to win this honour for jounalism). He has spent a lifetime covering wars and international crises for major American news organizations. Arnett is best known for his live television coverage from Baghdad during the first Gulf War in 1991, including his interview with President Saddam Hussein.
  • Brent Edwards has been a journalist for more than thirty years, and is now director of news gathering at Radio New Zealand.
  • Paula Penfold is an award-winning investigative journalist and has worked on 60 Minutes, 3rd Degree, 3D and 3D Investigates.
  • Simon Wilson is the editor-at-large at Metro, Auckland’s award-winning magazine of current affairs and culture.
  • Mihingarangi Forbes is an award-winning journalist, who started out at Te Karere Maori News as a rookie and now divides her time between RNZ and TV3’s The Hui.
  • Nicky Hager  has produced six books since 1996, and is the only New Zealand member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
  • Naomi Arnold is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes regularly for New Zealand’s top magazines and newspapers.
  • Chris Barton is the architecture critic for Metro magazine and teaches part time at the Auckland School of Architecture. His journalism career spans 30 years.
  • Associate Professor Jim Tully is the Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury.
  • Nicola Gaston is a New Zealand scientist and academic, and the author of Why Science Is Sexist, published as a BWB text by Bridget Williams Books
  • Nick Bollinger is a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presents the music review programme The Sampler on RNZ National.
  • Morgan Godfery is a writer and trade unionist based in Wellington. His writing regularly appears in the Guardian and the Herald.
  • Cate Brett is an award winning writer with 20 years of experience as a journalist, including a five-year stint as editor of the Sunday Star Times
  • Murdoch Stephens is the spokesperson and researcher for Doing Our Bit – a campaign that seeks to double New Zealand’s refugee quota.
  • Richard Pamatatau leads the Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism at Auckland University of Technology.  He worked on The Dominion, The New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand.
  • Sara Vui-Talitu is a journalism academic at Auckland University of Technology.  She is a Qantas award winner known for her extensive work at Radio New Zealand as a specialist journalist covering the Pacific region.
  • Toby Morris is a cartoonist, illustrator and designer who produces the non-fiction comic The Pencilsword for The Wireless, and the weekly column Toby & Toby for RNZ.
  • Hannah Sperber is a former staff writer at North & South magazine, who now works as an adviser to Labour MP David Shearer (Foreign Affairs).
  • Dr. Peter A. Thompson is a senior lecturer in the media studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Russell Brown was founding host of RNZ’s Mediawatch and TVNZ7’s Media 7. He writes the blog Hard News, which continues to this day as part of Russell’s Public Address group blog site, where it became the first blog to win a Qantas Media Award.
  • Giovanni Tiso is an Italian writer and translator based in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Dr Sarah Baker is a lecturer at AUT’s in the school of communication She is the co-founder of the AUT Popular Culture Research Centre
  • Peter Griffin is the founding manager of the Science Media Centre and the founder and editor of Sciblogs.
  • Sarah Illingworth is a journalist and writer. She also edits, a digital-only publication with a social, political focus.
  • Geoff Lealand writes about, teaches and creates media. He has been doing this in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato since 1992.
  • Alex Stone has written a weekly column for nearly twenty years, called In the Wind, for the island’s feisty newspaper Gulf News – never missing a week in the entire tenure of the column.
  • Dr Michalia Arathimos is a writer and academic. She has published work in Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 4, Lost in Translation: New Zealand Short Stories, Sport, JAAM, Turbine, Metro, The NZ Listener and Headland.
  • Dr Thomas Owen is a lecturer, author and filmmaker, based at Auckland University of Technology.
  • Hannah Spyksma holds a joint MA in journalism, media and globalisation from Aarhus University and University of Hamburg. She is interested in exploring new forms of journalism.
  • Ron Hanson is the founding editor of arts magazine White Fungus. Beginning in Wellington in 2004, the publication is now based in Taiwan and distributed in more than 20 countries.
  • Jono Hutchison is the head of digital news at MediaWorks. He has also been a freelance writer for the New York Times since 2010.
  • John Sellwood has been a broadcast journalist in radio and television for 35 years. He runs Telling Lives, a small media company focused on producing bespoke stories and visual content for businesses, community groups, individuals and families.

Group contributions:

  • Joe Cederwall (a writer, social entrepeneur and advocate for human rights and the commons with a grounding in law and anthropology) with David Bollier (an American author, activist, blogger and consultant who explores the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture) and Max Rashbrooke (an established journalist and author of Wealth and New Zealand and editor of the best-selling Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis).
  • Michel Bauwens (the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives, which works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property) in conversation with Alastair Thompson (the co-founder of Scoop and winner of several journalism awards for business and investigative work).
  • Beck Eleven (a freelance writer and columnist who worked for the Press for almost a decade) in conversation with Gerard Smyth (an award-winning film maker with a strong and long history in telling New Zealand stories, having produced and/or directed over 60 documentaries).
  • Matt Galloway (lecturer at the Otago Polytechnic School of Design), Jeremy Hansen (Home magazine), Esther Kirkland-Smith (design editor at Dominion Post), Delaney Tabron (designer of No magazine) talk about the challenges and opportunities of journalism from a designer’s perspective.
  • AUT journalism students – a group of students from AUT discuss their reasons for entering the industry now and what excites them about it.

This book is being designed by Jessica Tabke, a freelance graphic designer who has worked in the cultural sector since graduating in 2014. Her practice explores typography, publication design and printing.


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