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Between futures thinking and a settler-colonialist past: a critical examination of "pioneer journalism" from the perspective of indigenous journalists and their epistemic practices.

Anderson, Bissie; Halabi, Nour

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Nour Halabi



Abstract

Journalism, historically considered a pillar of public knowledge, deliberation and democracy, has been shedding its epistemic authority as increasingly fragmented audiences migrate to "alternative" sources of information. Consequently, within the ever-convergent media ecosystem, discourses of innovation and futures thinking have proliferated as both journalism practice and scholarship have been occupied with the need to "save journalism" and reclaim its epistemic authority by reimagining what journalism could be. This project attends to the critiques set forth by indigenous journalists and theorists in its critical examination of the "pioneer journalism" paradigm which has become increasingly prevalent in journalism research and practice. The project seeks to critically examine the concept of "pioneer journalism" in the context of indigenous journalists who experiment in their journalistic praxis. It problematises and challenges the concept "pioneer journalism" from the perspective of indigenous journalists and against the background of the problematic colonialist legacy of the "pioneer" in the history of settler-colonialism.

Citation

ANDERSON, B. and HALABI, N. 2024. Between futures thinking and a settler-colonialist past: a critical examination of "pioneer journalism" from the perspective of indigenous journalists and their epistemic practices. Presented at the 74th Annual International Communication Association conference (ICA 2024): communication and global human rights, 20-24 June 2024, Gold Coast, Australia.

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Conference Name 74th Annual International Communication Association conference (ICA 2024): communication and global human rights
Conference Location Gold Coast, Australia
Start Date Jun 20, 2024
End Date Jun 24, 2024
Deposit Date Apr 22, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 27, 2024
Keywords Journalism; Journalists; Indigenous communities; Indigenous journalism; Indigenous journalists; Pioneer journalism
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2307619

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