Health Reporting and Coverage of HIV/AIDS

October 21, 2001

Background to the Book

Countries in the developing world need their own books— urgently. What was needed, I said, was a series of books that gave students in countries such as Hong Kong, China and the South Pacific their own books on the practice of journalism, with their own examples, laws and ethics, their own cultural differences highlighted, and, where necessary in their own languages; or at least in English but with local situations and journalistic problems explored and explained. The Pacific Journalist: A Practical Guide seeks to fill this vacuum in the South Pacific. As Robie says in his acknowledgements, “.. to help address this need, I have gathered a group of contributors, both working journalists and editors and others who have spent years in journalism education and training in the region, to share their insights and experience.”

Recommended Citation

Herbert, J., Book review: The Pacific Journalist: A Practical Guide, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 12, 2002, 225-226. Available at:

About the Author

Dr Trevor Cullen (PhD) is Professor of Journalism at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Trevor is recognised as a national and international leader in the field of HIV/health Journalism and Journalism education. He has received several University and national teaching and research awards. These include two Australian Government awards – A National Teaching and Learning Fellowship (NTF) and the Australian Award for University Teaching. (AAUT).

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