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Fiji Sun Journalist Starts Ground-breaking China Study

Fiji Sun Journalist Starts Ground-breaking China Study
From left: Moyaliwa Christopher, from the Daily News, Tanzania, Lusiana Tuimaisala of the Fiji Sun and Shelton Bandara, a Government Information Officer from Colombo, Sri Lanka, attending a Chinese language class at the Beijing International Chinese College on March 9 2018. Photo: Shazlina Azman
March 11
11:00 2018

Fiji Sun journalist, Lusiana Tuimais­ala, has become the first from Fiji to undergo intensive training in the China Asia and Pacific Press Centre Jour­nalist Training Programme.

The programme previously featured jour­nalists from Asia. It has been extended to the Pacific Islands for the first time.

Ms Tuimaisala was accepted into the pro­gramme through the strong support of the Chinese Embassy in Suva.

Fiji Sun Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas said: “This is an outstanding programme providing not just strong journalism ca­pacity development. But also remarkable insight into and learning from the tremen­dous success of China.

“For there is much to be learned from China. We thank China’s embassy here in Suva for making Lusi’s participation in this programme possible.”

Ms Tuimaisala is currently developing Mandarin language skills at the Beijing International Chinese College along with Asian and African journalists who have also arrived in China for training pro­grammes.

Ms Tuimaisala’s 10-month programme includes:

Training courses: With lectures in areas such as news journalism, international communication, media development, Chi­na’s diplomatic policies, China’s economy and culture.

Internships: Hands-on experience at Chi­na’s major news media outlets such as the People’s Daily, China’s biggest newspaper group; Xinhua news agency; and CCTV

Covering major activities: Journalists from last year’s programme witnessed and reported on international events such as the Belt and Road Forum on International Co-operation and the BRIC Xiamen Sum­mit.

Seminars: Including with the Internation­al Department Central Committee of CPC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese Renmin University and other think tanks.

Visits: to representative enterprises and projects in the fields of industry and agri­culture, energy, finance, science and tech­nology, and culture in Beijing and other provinces and cities of China.

The Fiji Sun already has strong connec­tions with Chinese news media.

This includes a news exchange agree­ment with Xinhua, China’s global news agency and the only international news service with a news bureau based in Fiji. Plus, rights to reports and photos from the English-language China Daily newspaper and news portal.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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