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A decade in journalism led to a career teaching journalism, media and communications. My academic experience has been a blend of teaching and administrative roles, often with start-up programmes and small teams. I have considerable experience in curriculum design and in working with students for whom English is a second language. My academic work has been augmented by running training programmes for journalists and media workers; community involvement in schools projects and English language teaching and professional consultancies with industry bodies and government agencies.
My chief geographical areas of research have been the Pacific and the Middle East. My main areas of research have been in media history, the interaction between religion and the media, developmental journalism, the role of the media and language in independence movements in Melanesia and promoting national identity.
My publications include a book, several book chapters, in-house text books and numerous refereed journal articles. A book based on my PhD thesis, People, Politics and Press in Papua New Guinea 1950-75 was published in 2014. My work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. I have given conference presentations on my work at refereed conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations
Masters theses or dissertations
Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Philip Cass as Principal Supervisor
Quang, Le Hong (2017). How does the existence of an online version of the newspaper promote the engagement of social media users aged between 18-34 with Binh Dinh as a news source? (Master of International Communication)
Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Philip Cass as Associate Supervisor
Lopez Severiche, Alfredo Jose (2018). Colombian refugees in New Zealand and their resettlement stories (Master of International Communication)
Phrasayamongkhounh, Sneamphay (2016). Assessing the engagement of young people with the comic book "Condoms : a decision for life" as an edutainment approach to HIV/AIDS prevention programme (Master of International Communication)
Yao, Yu (Olivia) (2015). The role of Chinese ethnic media in response to mainstream media's portrayals of Chinese diaspora in New Zealand (Master of International Communication)
Ai, Lijiao (2013). The impact of government regulation to the Chinese social networking systems (SNS) users in China (Master of International Communication)
Cass, P., & Ford, J. (2017). New Guinea Gold: Commando comics in the Pacific. The International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes Dessinées and Comics 2017, University of Dundee.
Cass, P. (2017). Islam in the Pacific. European Society for Oceanists, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
Cass, P., & Ford, J. (2017). What are you waiting for, Diggers?' The ANZAC image in Commando comics. Pacific Journalism Review (Vol. XXIII:2).
Cass, P. (2016). The ghost of Felix Culpa. The Next Generation Preconference to the World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
Cass, P. (2016). A foreign flower no more: Tongan diasporic media and the 2014 Tongan election. Pacific Journalism Review (Vol. 22(1)).
Cass, P., Matbob, P., & Papoutsaki, E. (2016). Old and New Media in the Pacific Islands: synergies, challenges and potential. Paper presented at International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, University of Leicester, United Kingdom. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Papoutsaki, E., Cass, P., & Matbob, P. (2016). Old and New Media in the Pacific Islands: synergies, challenges and potential. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Cass, P. (2015). A foreign flower no more: Tongan diasporic media and the 2014 election. European Society for Oceanists, Brussells.
Cass, P and Ford, J (2014). Keto dogs the ANZAC image in Commando comics. JMAD Media, war and memory conference, AUT Auckland.
Cass, P. (2013). 'A fine fellow and a great sport': Count von Luckner and the New Zealand Press. Presentation at the Australian Media Traditions conference, November 25-26, Queensland University, Australia.
Cass, P. (2012). Bung wantaim: Wantok and the path to independence 1970-75. A paper presented to the Journalism, Media and Democracy conference, Auckland University of Technology. September 13. Auckland.
Cass, P. (2012). Manipulation that we now take for granted. Review of D. Freedman and D. Thussu (Eds) Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. Pacific Journalism Review (Vol. 18 (2)).
Cass, P. (2012). Irreverent, occasionally tendentious and eagerly read: Early Melanesian newspapers and political consciousness. Paper presented to the Democracy in the Pacific conference, Canterbury University, Christchurch. October 18-19.
Cass, P. (2011). Fr Francis Mihalic and Wantok Niuspepa. Pacific Journalism Review (Vol. 17 (1)).
Cass, P. (2011). 'The Infallible Engine: Indigenous perceptions of Europeans in German New Guinea through the missionary press.'. Contemporary Papua New Guinea Studies. (Vol. Vol 14).
Cass, P. (2011). 'Highlanders hold out for culture and survival. Review of Yumi Piksa: Stories from the Papua New Guinean Highlands, directed by Verena Thomas'. Pacific Journalism Review (Vol. 17 (1)).
Cass, P. (2011). 'Speaking the grassroots language: The impact of changes in spoken Tok Pisin on the Wantok niuspepa,' with Alphonse Aime et al. In Papoutsaki, E. McManus, M. Matbob, P. (Eds.). Communication culture & society in PNG: yu tok wanem?. Auckland, New Zealand: DWU Press, Madang/ Pacific Media Centre. .
Cass, P. (2011). 'From Nizwa to New Zealand: Many questions and some lessons from AUT's involvement in the Omani higher education sector.'. A paper presented to the London International Conference on Education, London, United Kingdom. 7-10 November.
Cass, P. (2010). Fr Francis Mihalic: Father of Wantok or its midwife? Headliners: Early Australasian Press Biographies, Sydney, November 22.
Cass, P. (2010). Teacher Teacher I want 'A' teacher Adventures in journalism education in the Arabian Gulf. Journalism Education Association Conference: University of Technology Sydney.
Cass, P. (2008). The never-ending story: Palestine, Israel and the West Wing. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research (Vol. 1:1).