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Garret To Inspire Fijian Business Journalists

Jemima Garret, a journalist with over 30 years of Pacific reporting experience, hopes to inspire a group of local journalists to take their business reporting skills to new heights. The
20 May 2015 10:18
Garret To Inspire Fijian Business Journalists
Participants of the three-day Business & Economic Reporting organised by Pacific Media Assistance Scheme(PACMAS) at Tanoa Plaza Hotel. On the left is PACMAS Workshop Coordinator, Merana Kitione, third left is ABC’s Pacific Economic & Business Reporter Jemima Garrett, fifth from left is Fiji Sun managing editor- Business Rachna Lal and Fijian journalists from various media organisations yesterday. Photo: RANOBA BAOA

Jemima Garret, a journalist with over 30 years of Pacific reporting experience, hopes to inspire a group of local journalists to take their business reporting skills to new heights.

The ABC’s Pacific Economic & Business Reporter is currently conducting a four-day workshop on Budget Reporting at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva organised by PACMAS.

“Really when you look at the Fijian economy, it’s the local, small and medium sized business sector is the engine of economic growth,” she said.

“This is an area where we can see a lot more economic reporting and would help people see ways for themselves to become involved in innovative businesses or to boost their business from being small businesses to being bigger businesses.

“So there’s a huge array of issues that we can cover with Economic and Business Reporting and where people will be interested.”

Importance

Ms Garret said the best thing about economic reporting and reporting on the government budget is that it’s an area in which journalists can really play one of the biggest roles possible for people in the media industry in assisting with the prosperity of their country.

“This is because there are so many opportunities for the Fijian economy and in fact Fiji is at a bit of a turning point.

“You’ve had five consecutive years of economic growth and now with the return to democracy, you’re really at a point where the economy could take off.

“So it’s essential for journalists to understand how businesses work or the issues around economic development and the government budget.

“They should to be able to report on that in a way that not just allows the people of the country to understand it but makes it interesting and relevant to them as well.

“So that’s the challenge for this week is for journalists to make economic issues interesting, how to make them relevant to the people of Fiji.”

Our Fiji Sun managing editor- Business Rachna Lal is attending the workshop.

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