3: Tribal and political reporting

Tribal politics is just as interesting if not more so than central and local government politics. While inter-tribal disagreements are best settled on the marae, they can also end up before the courts.

As a Māori journalist belonging to different iwi and hapū, you may be caught in the crossfire, which at times can leave you feeling vulnerable and under pressure. Learn from our experts experience in dealing with these issues and how to seek advice from colleagues or mentors. In this module, we will explore how to establish yourself as impartial and professional. Anything less and risk the difficulty of covering local hui and issues from the outside looking in.

You may also consider looking through a tribal lens into those organisations that reach into your community or for comparing local statistics. We’ll give you examples of how you can compare Māori and non-Māori and the expectation that public service organisations must include Māori strategies or partnerships, as well as cultural competency training for staff. What does this look like in your local area?

Elections: covering any election is an exciting time – the political stakes are high and the competition fierce. Know your politics and the key players to play a part in the action as it unfolds.

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