Pacific Media Watch

13 February 2013

Jim Richstad: A life dedicated to Pacific journalism

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The East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i ... a base for Dr Jim Richstad's contribution to Pacific journalism. Image: Floyd K. Takeuchi/PMC

Floyd K. Takeuchi pays tribute to Pacific media educator Jim Richstad.

HONOLULU, Hawai'i (Pacific Media Centre / Pacific Media Watch): In our respective journeys through life, we often come to forks in the road. Which way to go, left or right?  The choices can be daunting, particularly when you are young and have little experience upon which to make at least a “best guess".

That’s the situation I faced in August 1974 when, as a university journalism student about to begin my senior year, I was uncertain about my immediate future. Straight to work after graduation or off to graduate school?  Work on the US mainland, or Hawai'i or back to the Pacific Islands, where I was born and raised?

Dr Jim Richstad ... loved the Pacific.
Dr Jim Richstad ... loved the Pacific.

Fortunately, fate decided that summer that I should meet Dr Jim Richstad, a soft-spoken communications researcher at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Jim, as his legions of friends and former students called him, helped me choose a path to follow. My life hasn’t been the same since our first meeting 39 years ago.

Read the full article on Pacific Media Centre Online

Earlier Seattle Times obituary

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