Norman Zafra is straddling both the academic and media industries. He has ten years of professional experience in the field of broadcast journalism and documentary making. He has directed, produced and written a number of documentaries and investigative reports for award-winning Philippine TV shows such as I-Witness, Reporter’s Notebook and Front Row.
As an academic, he has researched extensively about how new media technologies are transforming contemporary disaster journalism. His recent publication explored the impact of drone, backpack and multimedia trends on natural disaster communication. Norman is currently taking his PhD in Media Film and Television at the University of Auckland. His thesis examines the narrative intersection between conventional and interactive documentaries.
You can find more information about him and his works through the following links and news articles:
- Dominion Post/stuff.co.nz – A Sight for the Big Screen
- GMA News Online – Pinoy scholar’s docu featured in NZ filmfest
- Official Gazette – Filipino scholar’s documentary brings pride and inspiration to Filipinos in New Zealand
- The Big Idea- A Friend in Sight
- The Wireless – A long recovery, rebuilding after a superstorm
- Massey English and Media Studies Blog – Filmmaker featured in Capital Life
- GMA News Online – New Zealand govt grants scholarship to GMA Network segment producer, 18 others
- Massey University News – Prize-winning journalism students honoured
- Bruce Jesson Foundation – Surveillance film & Living Wage report win 2015 Jesson award
- Philippine Daily Inquirer – Oldest indie fest bares latest winners
- Cebu Daily News – Moving Experiences