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Jul 17

Young Journalists Perspectives on the Fourth Estate – PRINZ Panel Event (Hybrid Event)

July 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $40.25

17th July @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm


With New Zealand’s fourth estate undergoing large swathes of change, it’s future looks increasingly unclear. While the knowledge and experience of those who have been part of it for decades is key to success, it is the young journalists and media professionals who will inherit this uncertain future. This panel discussion will seek to hear from some of New Zealand’s young journalists who are passionate about the work they do and the future of New Zealand’s fourth estate.

Our panellists will explore the changes they feel are needed for the current media environment, what they want to see the future of fourth estate look like, and the cultural changes needed for trust to rebuilt amongst the public.

Please note, the ticket price covers catering costs.

Important ticket information:

Virtual and in-person tickets are not interchangeable as there are limited numbers for the in-person event. Ticket purchasing remains the same.

The link to virtually join the event will be sent out closer to the date.

Feel free to email us with any questions at office@prinz.org.nz

Your panellists are…

Ella Stewart, Longform Te Ao Māori Journalist, RNZ

He uri ia nō Ngāpuhi nui tonu, Ella Stewart, currently works as a longform te ao Māori journalist for RNZ’s In-Depth team. Her work delves deeply into complex and sensitive issues affecting whānau Māori, offering crucial context to the public. In 2024 Ella won the Voyagers Best Up and Coming Journalist of the year award. With experience in producing she has contributed to RNZ’s national programming, including Checkpoint with Lisa Owen and First up, hosted by Nathan Rarere. Ella is passionate about authentically telling Māori stories for Māori audiences. 

Lyric Waiwiri-Smith

Lyric Waiwiri-Smith is a 24-year-old journalist whose work has appeared in Stuff, The Post, Sunday Star Times, Ensemble Magazine, RNZ, 9Honey and more. She recently left Stuff as a national reporter, where she covered breaking news, entertainment, lifestyle and more. In July she will be starting a new role at the Spinoff, covering business, politics and culture. 

Karanama Ruru, Te Ao Māori Reporter, Stuff

Karanama Ruru is a 23 year old journalist who is currently a te ao Māori reporter for Stuff. His work has appeared in local and national publications around the country, and has been presented as evidence in legal cases (for example the Waitangi Tribunal smokefree inquiry). Karanama has a particular interest on how national decisions impact localised Māori whānau. 

Sherry Zhang (she/they), Freelance Writer

Sherry is a second-generation Chinese New Zealand writer and editor who works in journalism, poetry, creative nonfiction, and theatre. She was the editor at The Pantograph Punch, has interned in newsrooms like The Spinoff and Bloomberg News, and is currently a freelance writer.

Zoe Madden-Smith, Multimedia Journalist, Re: News

Zoe Madden-Smith is a multimedia journalist at Re: News based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Zoe joined Re: News in 2019 as a writer but has since found a love for video storytelling. As a 26-year-old, she has a passion for telling stories that centre and resonate with young people and has a special interest in stories around health, sex and anything taboo. Zoe was a finalist for Video Journalist of the Year and Best Feature Video in the 2023 Voyager Media Awards and runner up for Junior Feature Writer of the Year in 2022.


James Tapp, Senior Account Executive, One Plus One Communications

A former student journalist, James is passionate about media and the role it plays in everyday life in informing and entertaining the wider public.


July 17
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $40.25


Room C, EMA, Building/145 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023




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