It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Dave Warring.
Dave has been an active member of and contributor to the Media Studies community for many years. All of us teaching Media Studies today have been influenced in some way by Dave, and I know that there are many amongst us who worked with him over the years and considered him a friend.
Dave fiercely protected his stance on the importance and role of Media Studies as a subject. He was always a strong advocate for the media community, whether in his role as one of the founding members of NAME, his involvement in writing the standards, his work around journalism and radio as an aspect of media teaching, and, in later years, in his role as National Moderator. He pushed hard to get Media Studies recognised as an important subject and its rightful place in the NCEA framework.
Many of his colleagues have reflected on their time working with Dave over the last few days, offering their take on the man they remember. What has come through is the repeated affirmation of his passion and commitment to Media Studies education, and his role as a compassionate and supportive colleague.
Dave had strong opinions, he was entertaining, driven and enjoyed a good debate. He challenged us to think about what we were doing and why. He reminded us how important it is to be heard, to express viewpoints and to fight for what we believe in. We don’t always have to agree with each other but it is important that we engage in those conversations.
Our thoughts are with Dave’s family and friends at this sad time.