Pacific news stories do not always receive comprehensive coverage in the mainstream media; however, a new venture between AUT's Pacific Media Centre and the news website Scoop is hoping to remedy this gap in the news market. Pacific Scoop was launched in August and is dedicated to Pacific news, current affairs and analysis.
The website aims to expose readers and media outlets to regional stories and community based reporting with a Pacific focus. Although its parent website is New Zealand-based, Pacific Scoop hopes to draw readers from all over the Pacific. Ongoing issues of censorship and democracy in nations such as Fiji and Tonga highlight the valuable role such a website could play in keeping its Pacific audience informed about topical issues.
Contributors to Pacific Scoop include student journalists from AUT and other universities around the Pacific. With an expected readership of 40 000 visitors a month the website will be instrumental in disseminating the writing of these aspiring journalists. Their work will be supplemented by stories from practicing journalists, Pacific commentators and academics.
The Pacific Scoop website is updated daily so those who follow its content will want to check it regularly. The website is easy to navigate, and handy search filters allow visitors to locate information specific to any Pacific country. To view Pacific Scoop go to http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/ or access it from the Scoop homepage.