Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand

Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by: Emma Johnson (Freerange press), Giovanni Tiso (Bat Bean Beam),  Sarah Illingworth (Impolitikal), Barnaby Bennett (Freerange Press).

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Lay-offs. Online convergence. A mass of content and noise. Citizen journalists, clickbait and PR. Digital platforms. Political influence. Mainstream media. Funding. Regulations… There are many factors contributing to the changing mediascape today in Aotearoa.

Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand is a multi-author book that explores the changing nature of journalism in this country: as it once was, as it is today, and how we might imagine it working in the future.

Freerange Press has gathered a wide range of voices together to build an in-depth discussion on a rapidly changing industry. Don’t Dream It’s Over looks at how journalism is evolving in response to the current environment and how it might flourish again. The book explores the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional media and seeks new directions we could take to enhance journalism’s role as the fourth estate and as an important pillar of democracy.

We have contributions from a broad range of highly-respected, experienced journalists, commentators, academics, writers, thinkers, designers, as well as emerging journalists. The contributors include Peter Arnett, Brent Edwards, Mihingarangi Forbes, Toby Morris, Paula Penfold, Nicky Hager, Morgan Godfery, Simon Wilson, Cate Honoré Brett, Sara Vui-Talitu and many more (see here).

Media coverage

  • Gyles Beckford’s review ‘Fake news, bad news, old news’ NZ Books, Winter 2017.
  • Read Alison McCulloch’s review on Scoop (21 February 2017)
  • Read the Booksellers Review on Don’t Dream It’s Over (18 January 2017)
  • Listen to the panel discussion at WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2016 featuring contributors Paula Penfold, Duncan Grieve, Cate Brett, Morgan Godfery, Simon Wilson and Russell Brown on RNZ (1 January 2017)
  • Listen to Jenna Todd of Time Out Bookstore review Don’t Dream It’s Over on Nine to Noon with Katherine Ryan (1 December 2016)
  • Read Jon Nunweeks review of Don’t Dream It’s Over on Pantograph Punch (20 September 2016)
  • Read Elizabeth Heritage’s reflections on journalism at WORD (15 September 2016)
  • Read Tim Gruar‘s review of the book and the Wellington panel discussion on The 13th Floor (16 September 2016)
  • Read Russell Brown‘s piece on Public Address about chairing the panel on reimagining journalism at the WORD festival (29 August 2016)
  • Listen to editor Barnaby Bennett and interviewee Duncan Greive talk to Kim Hill on RNZ about journalism and publishing (27 August 2016)
  • Read Will Harvie‘s article ‘Overhauling New Zealand journalism’ on Stuff (27 August 2016)
  • Read Jan River‘s book review on Scoop (26 August 2016)
  • Listen to contributing author Paula Penfold talk with Wallace Chapman on RNZ about why journalism matters. (21 August 2016)
  • Listen to contributing author Morgan Godfery (who has written a fantastic essay called ‘Against “political commentary”‘) talk about the book on RDU with James Dann. (22 June 2016)
  • Read the Christchurch City Libraries blog interview about the book with editor Emma Johnson. (28 June 2016)
  • Listen to the bFM interview with editor Giovanni Tiso. (30 June 2016)