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Indigenous research ethics : new modes of information gathering and storytelling in journalism

Waller, Lisa 2010, Indigenous research ethics : new modes of information gathering and storytelling in journalism, Australian journalism review, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 19-31.

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Title Indigenous research ethics : new modes of information gathering and storytelling in journalism
Author(s) Waller, Lisa
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 19
End page 31
Total pages 13
Publisher Journalism Education Associacion
Place of publication Magill, S.A.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary Veteran Indigenous affairs reporter Tony Koch emphasises the importance of respect, trust and listening in his journalism practice. This paper draws on Koch’s insights as well as recent scholarship on the policies and value of listening to support the proposal that Indigenous research ethics provide a concrete framework for improving media representations of Indigenous people and their access to news media. The university ethics process cannot replicate the understanding Koch has gained from 25 years of interacting with Indigenous people and their communities. However, this paper argues it provides a pathway along which journalism academics and their students can learn to engage with Indigenous people, navigate Indigenous public spheres and produce high-quality reporting that reflects Indigenous people’s aspirations. Journalists within the academy, who are not subject to the commercial or organizational pressures of the news industry, are especially well placed to collaborate with Indigenous people to deliver new ways of conducting research and telling stories that privilege their perspectives. Koch’s newsgathering practice demonstrates that many principals of this progressive approach are also achievable in mainstream journalism.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Journalism Education Associacion
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