Kia ora, I'm Hannah...
I am a dynamic, ideas-driven, award-winning professional working at the intersections of analysis, research, writing, editing and communicating. I’m particularly interested in the practice of communication for social change and believe that listening to people and enabling people’s lived-experience to lead storytelling and analysis is a powerful form of activism and activation.
This website is a bit of a repository for some of the varied written projects I’ve worked on over the years - you can browse topics on the left. 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.
The former of these topics was the loose theme 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 on 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. For this, I drew on, among others, theories of communication for social change.
A section of my thesis was published in Q1 journal Journalism Studies - you can download it for free by clicking the link. I jointly received the Dallas Smythe Memorial Award for this paper from the International Association of Communications Researchers, at the 2017 conference held in Cartagena, Colombia, where I also presented my research to the international community.
I don’t update this site regularly so if you’d like to say hi, I’m also (occasionally) on twitter and LinkedIn.