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Choose Your Words Wisely

Choose Your Words Wisely
April 22
13:01 2016


As journalists you must be clear and simple, and you must choose your words wisely, says Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni.  “And at the same time you must make what you write is interesting to capture the interest of people,” she said.

Dr Luveni was speaking to journalists at the PACMAS Parliamentary Reporting Master Class workshop at Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva yesterday.

The workshop was organised by the Media Industry Development Authority of Fiji and the Australian funded Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS).

Dr Luveni said: “A good media report is one which lays out all the arguments fairly and accurately, and lets the audience decide for itself instead of imposing your views on it and completely distorting what actually transpired in Parliament.

“As reporters you are expected to not only simply report facts but also practice interpretive reporting where you are expected to analyse and interpret the material you present in an objective manner for we need to be reminded that you have the ability to bring change to both the social and Government level,” she said.

Dr Luveni said journalists had an important role to play in Fiji’s Parliament.

“To cover Parliament; it is important that the media know the laws, understand parliamentary procedures, systems and process of how Parliament operates in order to understand what transpires during the Parliament sitting and proceedings in the Fijian context.

“Parliamentary reporting usually requires sufficient background knowledge; for the media is expected to provide adequate context and analysis as well as being to put development into perspective for people to make sense of the proceedings.

“During coverage of parliamentary proceedings; it is important for media teams covering the event to familiarise themselves with the rules concerning access, privilege, use of cameras and recorders and so on to ensure that one is not found to be in contempt of Parliament,” she said.

The workshop ends today and is followed by follow up mentoring during next week’s coverage of Parliament.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti



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