Fa'a Samoa and the Fourth Estate: how Samoan journalists negotiate complex traditional values, beliefs, and protocols

Oelgemöller, Marie (2018) Fa'a Samoa and the Fourth Estate: how Samoan journalists negotiate complex traditional values, beliefs, and protocols. In: Freedman, Eric, Goodman, Robyn S., and Steyn, Elanie, (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Journalistic Beliefs and Actions: global experiences. Routledge Research in Journalism . Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 173-184.

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Abstract

This chapter explores resurgent oceanic epistemologies, the rules, beliefs, and protocols dictated by Fa'a Samoa (the Samoan Way of doing things) in their liquid modern context to examine their impact on journalistic practice in Samoa. Using data collected during interviews with Samoan journalists, this chapter demonstrates that the respondents' perceptions of journalism and of what defines and affects journalism practice in Samoa sometimes differ from common Western views of journalistic practices. These journalists often find themselves navigating between Western standards and/or traditional beliefs and protocols deeply grounded in contemporary Samoan culture, indicating that it should not be assumed that journalistic practice in Samoa is a mere reflection of journalism as we define, understand, and practice it in the West.

Item ID: 53174
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-06337-2
Keywords: journalism; media; communication; culture; language; humanities; international media
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 00:16
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies @ 20%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200210 Pacific Cultural Studies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 25%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 25%
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