Kia ora, I'm Hannah...
I am a dynamic, ideas-driven, award-winning professional working at the intersections of analysis, research, writing and communicating. As well as experience with interviewing, qualitative analysis, editing, writing and stakeholder engagement, I bring to teams a distinct, positive energy and a knack for creative, lateral thinking.
I hold a joint social sciences MA (distinction) in journalism, media and globalisation, with a specialisation in media across cultures. Some of the topics I focused on during this two year degree included international relations, globalisation and world order; media, culture and power dynamics; alternative media and social change; the future of journalism.
With all my writing and research, I work to relate it to a New Zealand and/or Oceania context. I’m particularly interested in topics including the changing climate, plastic pollution and waste management, migration, culture and Aotearoa New Zealand’s politics in the Pacific region. The latter was the loose topic of my MA thesis, which was driven by an underlying interest I have in how we (New Zealand’s society) come to learn about issues in the Pacific Region. Who drives the media agenda in this region, who gets a voice in topics - like global warming - that impact Pacific Islanders and the region at large, and how those discussions and power dynamics do (or don’t) play out in online media across the region.
A section of my thesis was published in Q1 journal Journalism Studies. I jointly received the Dallas Smythe Memorial Award for this paper from the International Association of Communications Researchers, at their 2017 conference held in Cartagena, Colombia, where I also presented my research to the international community.
Over the years I’ve written my way through multiple countries, issues and ideas. This website is a place to host some of those words. Repeating topics include environmental issues in the Pacific Region and New Zealand’s response to these; the future of journalism and journalism issues in New Zealand; and LGBTQIA+ issues in New Zealand. I don’t update this site regularly so if you’d like to check in, I’m also (occasionally) on twitter and LinkedIn.