Dr Tara Ross

Media and Communication

Tara Ross

Topics of expertise Tara can talk about

  • journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Pacific media
  • Indigenous and ethnic minority media
  • global news media
  • the professional ethics of journalism
  • post-disaster communication
  • crime and the media
  • science journalism

Dr Tara Ross is a senior lecturer and head of the journalism programme at the University of Canterbury. She was an award-winning senior reporter for The Press and the Sunday Star-Times newspapers and has worked as both a freelance writer and editor, as well as for community news publications. Of Pākehā and Tuvaluan descent, her research centres on journalism, diversity issues, ethnic minorities and Pacific media. She is a research fellow with the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies.

She can also advise on two main areas to help students plan their tertiary study:

  • how to plan a career in the communication field and work related to the discipline, including journalism, social media and digital content production.
  • study options, including the value of UC’s new Bachelor of Communication, the Bachelor of Arts, graduate diplomas, Masters and internships.

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