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Promoting Journalism To Students

Why is journalism important to Fiji? School students will next week have the opportunity to learn more about journalism studies – and some answers to this question. It will come
29 Jul 2015 14:06
Promoting Journalism To Students
University of the South Pacific Journalism students Nicolette Chambers and Avneel Abishay with their Lecturer Olivier Jutel (middle) as they gear up for USP Open Day on August 7. Photo: Luisa Qiolevu

Why is journalism important to Fiji? School students will next week have the opportunity to learn more about journalism studies – and some answers to this question.

It will come when the regional university hold its annual Open Day, this year on Friday week, 7 August.

The journalism programme at the Laucala, Suva, campus, will play a key role in this and explaining why good journalism is good for Fiji.

Lecturer Olivier Jutel said journalism studies are very important in civil society, development, and governance. It makes leaders accountable to the people and has public involve and invest in the future of their country, he said.

“We teach our Journalism students to have a broader Pacific consciousness on developments, environment, issues, government and society,” he added.

USP Journalism Open Day coordinator Eliki Drugunalevu said they will use the day to emphasise journalism’s importance and the type of career found through the programme.

“Students will also get to see what we do from television, online, radio and print,” he said.

“We will be handing out our Wansolwara newspaper which is a major award winning newspaper. It is a very important paper for journalism students at USP; the paper creates practical training where students write their stories, sell advertisements and make their own lay out.”

Head of Journalism Shailendra Singh said they teach professional skills as well as meeting the academic requirements.Mr Singh said they have very well established programmes which have been around for nearly 20 years.

“We give students opportunity to organise things like Open Day; to take control with oversight from the lecturers and this is a very important part of their learning in order to manage things on their own,” he said.

“Our graduates are in high demand from NGO’s, private sector, media organisation, and Australia, New Zealand media and even in Paris with a major wild life protection organisation.”
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