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Just Write Mentors

Invercargill

Juliet Larkin is an Invercargill-based print journalist who has worked for several daily newspapers since 2000. Most recently she worked for the Southland Times as a reporter and sub-editor. She now combines motherhood with teaching corporate communications at the Southern Institute of Technology’s journalism programme, as well as doing the occasional piece of free-lancing. Her latest journalism highlight was a trip to the United States in 2008 on a traveling scholarship to investigate ‘new media’ journalism training at universities and news organisations.

Christchurch

dmathesonDonald MathesonKia ora tatou. I’ve spent about half my life in Scotland, where I was born, and half in Christchurch, where two primary school-age children, a partner, a dog, five chickens, two cats and a rabbit keep me in my place. I was a journalist for three years in the mid-1990s, but have found I’m better suited to thinking through the big questions slowly than making snap judgements on deadline, and am now a university lecturer. Though I do get excited by the research I do on the ways newswriting works and in the different ways of telling the news you find in digital media (e.g. blogs). Journalism’s changing more than it has, I think, in the past 100 years. I also love university teaching, in particular the freedom students and I have to talk about the things that matter to us. Outside of university, I am a bit of a greenie, though a paler shade than I was when I protested against motorway-building in Glasgow.’

Wellington

jhollingsJames Hollings currently works at Massey University. His main responsibilities lie with looking after the Graduate Diploma in Journalism and the Writing and Sub-editing, Global Journalism and Investigative Reporting papers of the Bachelor of Communication.

He has extensive experience in the industry, and has worked in senior roles in newspapers and radio both in New Zealand and overseas. He has won several journalism awards, including the Jubilee Prize for investigative reporting, and co-produced and directed documentaries.

He is doing a PhD on investigative journalism, but is also interested in photojournalism, documentary, disaster reporting, the history of journalism and contemporary journalism practice.

Tessa Johnstone
After a six month stint with the Commonwealth Youth Programme in the Solomon Islands, Tessa is back in Wellington working as the Youth Development Coordinator for Changemakers Refugee Forum. Previously she worked as the Youth Advocate for the Global Education Centre and as the editor of NZ’s number one youth magazine Tearaway.

Palmerston North

thomconroyThom Conroy is a lecturer in creative writing and literature at Massey University in Palmerston North. He has been teaching writing at the tertiary level since 1992. My interest in working with younger students began while earning my PhD at the University of Ohio. There I had the opportunity to teach fifteen to seventeen year high school students in a university-preparation program entitled Upward Bound. I found the experience immensely rewarding, and Just Write gives me the chance to continue mentoring high school-age students.

ninasejajwNina Seja is a lecturer of Media Studies at Massey University. She is currently completing her PhD through the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University (Tisch School of the Arts). She has taught at institutions in the United States, including N.Y.U, the University of California at San Diego, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Nina’s interests include political violence and the media, human rights and social movements and their intersection with new media technologies.

Nina also participates in the creative fields, including video production and creative writing. Her writing can be viewed at online journal Trout and in JAAM 27.

New Plymouth

Deborah Sloan is the features editor at the Taranaki Daily News.

Auckland

erinErin Gallagher has been a Director’s Assistant at 3 News for three years, and while she aspires to be a reporter and producer oneday, she loves the pressure and adrenalin that comes with helping put the 6 o’clock news together. It’s a dream job, really; she basically gets paid to tell other people what to do. Erin also studies writing and journalism part-time, and her extra-curricular interests include traveling, writing, photography, netball and giraffes.

Mata Mihinui

Ko Tuturu te maunga,
Ko Puarenga te awa,
Ko Te Pakira te marae,
Ko Tuhourangi-Ngati Wahiao te iwi.

In essence, my pepeha tells you that I come from Whakarewarewa in Rotorua. I was born and raised in the village where members of my family still live.

I have worked in newspapers for nearly 40 years, and have seen the transition from hot metal, through cold type and now to direct electronic input. I studied journalism at Wellington Polytechnic and have worked as a reporter in Timaru, Tokoroa, Putaruru, Rotorua and Hawke’s Bay. After a thorough grounding in news gathering in provincial areas I moved to subediting and production. I moved to the New Zealand Herald in the late 1980s where I worked as a subeditor, including a stint as chief subeditor. Since 2006 I have worked part-time at the Herald on Sunday in their sports department. I also work for Pagemasters in the production of various APN newspapers around the country. For the past two years I have edited College Herald, the Herald newspaper for high school students, a job I thoroughly enjoy

Eruera Morgan has spent his career promoting Māori language through television programming. His television background includes researching, writing, directing and producing a wide range of programming genres including news and current affairs, documentaries, magazine, youth and sports programmes. He joined Māori Television in 2007 as a Commissioner before being appointed Head of Production in 2008. This new role as Head of Programming for the Te Reo channel will see him responsible for developing a schedule of high quality Māori language programmes across a range of genre.

me_fashion_week_bestBelinda Nash is a communications manager at AUT University where she has worked for four years. Prior to this she lived in the UK for six years where she worked as a columnist, writer, reviewer and sub editor for The Insight magazine, and in communications for Brighton & Hove City Council and at Montana Wines in London and in New Zealand. This followed four years working in television production at Aotearoa Television Network, Juice Music Television, Max TV and in music video production, with a brief stint at Shortland Street. In 2006, Belinda gained her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) qualification, and she has a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Canterbury. While at university, Belinda was a DJ on student radio RDU 98.5FM for two years. Belinda is currently writing her first novel as part of her Master of Philosophy degree at AUT.