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Fiji’s Media Industry Education Set to Get Refreshing Boost

Journalism Education for the country’s growing news media industry is set to get a boost. The University of Fiji is developing a new bachelor of journalism and media studies degree.
27 Oct 2021 12:00
Fiji’s Media Industry Education Set to Get Refreshing Boost
Fiji National University’s Communications and Journalism Lecturer Etuate Tuqora (fifth from left) with his students at the Fiji Sun Print Centre in Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Leon Lord.

Journalism Education for the country’s growing news media industry is set to get a boost.

The University of Fiji is developing a new bachelor of journalism and media studies degree.

Significantly it is engaging with journalism leaders to make sure it is relevant to the needs of the industry.

 

It is also looking at more regular newsroom internships to help produce work-ready graduates.

That should be no surprise.

The University of Fiji’s acting vice chancellor, Shaista Shameem, was in her earlier career a rising journalism star herself.

She is believed to have enlisted advice from at least two of her former journalism colleagues:
Nemani Delaibatiki, Managing Editor at the Fiji Sun, former Daily Post Editor, former training editor of the Waikato Times in New Zealand and immediate past president of the Fijian Media Association;

Richard Thomson, former Chief of staff at the Fiji Times who went on to work with considerable success in Papua New guinea and Australia.

He has been a journalist, subeditor and chief of staff on publications as varied as Fiji Times, PNG Post-Courier, Pacific Islands Monthly, Herald and Weekly Times, and Canberra Times.

 

Fiji Sun Walu Bay Print Centre Manager Joana Bueta giving a tour to the Fiji National University’s Communications and Journalism students at the Fiji Sun Print Centre in Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Leon Lord.

Fiji Sun Walu Bay Print Centre Manager Joana Bueta giving a tour to the Fiji National University’s Communications and Journalism students at the Fiji Sun Print Centre in Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Leon Lord.

Developments
Acting Vice Chancellor Shameem, Dean of University of Fiji’s law school, is on long service leave in New Zealand.

More details of the journalism course development are expected on her return.

University of Fiji is also not the only journalism programme seemingly on the move.

 

The Fiji National University journalism programme’s recently unfortunately rare outreach to the news media industry has been reenergised.

This with the appointment of Etuate Tuqora as a lecturer.

Mr Tuqora studied for his master of arts, information systems at The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.

He is now at Fiji National University as Lecturer in Communications and Journalism

He has revived industry interaction, such as last week students studying production processes at the Fiji Sun Print Centre in Walu Bay.

 

Fiji Sun marketing manager Rajiv Raj (standing, front centre) speaking to the Fiji National University’s Communications and Journalism students at the Fiji Sun Print Centre in Walu Bay. Photo: Leon Lord.

Fiji Sun marketing manager Rajiv Raj (standing, front centre) speaking to the Fiji National University’s Communications and Journalism students at the Fiji Sun Print Centre in Walu Bay. Photo: Leon Lord.

Fiji Sun Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas said: “We welcome this engagement.”

“We’ve supported both the USP and FNU programmes.”

“We’ll definitely support University of Fiji.”

“We emphasise the role of educated journalists.”

“We’ve more graduates in our newsrooms than the rest of the Fijian news media combined.”

“But sadly too often our universities don’t work with the industry on industry needs.”

“What’s happening with the University of Fiji development is a breath of fresh air.”

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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