Arts Journalism and Exiled Writers: A Case Study of Fugal, Reflexive Practice

South Pacific Centre for Communication and Information in Development University of Papua New Guinea
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Journal Article
Pacific Journalism Review, 2009, The Public Right to Know, 15 (2), pp. 132 - 151
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Arts journalism and reflective practice intersect in a new field of `journalism as researchï½ (Bacon 2006). This article takes an innovative approach informed by the multimodal, musical and psychogenic fugue to discuss a case study of arts journalism reflexive practice. The journalistic research topic is the impact of the traumatic journey of exiled writers on their creative writing, the empathetic effects of trauma and courage on their advocates and the impacts of researching trauma on the researcher. The journalistic, interview-based articles discussed in the case study are on exiled writers in Australia, Iranian poet-musician Mohsen Soltany Zand and Ivory Coast political journalist Cheikh Kone. In reflecting on processes of writing of the stories, the author begins to outline the foundations of an innovative, critical fugal methodology of reflexive practice for modes and pieces of arts journalism.
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