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USP Journalism Students Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

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Front row (R-L) Michael Jackson (PINA Vice President), Shailendra Singh (Journalism Head of Department), Moses Steven (PINA President), Ricardo Morris (FMA President).

The University of the South Pacific Journalism deaprtment celebrated World Press Freedom Day at the Laucala Campus on 1 May, 2015.

The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is ‘Let Journalism Thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age.’

The Chief Guest for the celebration, Pacific Islands News Association’s (PINA) President, Mr. Moses Steven highlighted that such celebrations are important occasions, especially at the university level.

Speaking to the journalism students, Mr. Steven said that “it is very important we talk outside of text books and talk about the realities and backgrounds we (journalists) come from.”

“PINA has always said that the media is a significant component in any good government system,” Mr. Steven stated.

Wansolwara Editor, Mr. Sonal Singh shared the standpoints of USP Journalism students and what they aspire as the region’s future journalists.

While highlighting the status of reporting for the student newspaper Wansolwara, Mr. Singh said that “we are very happy to report that the VC’s office has credited our paper with raising important issues that are now receiving the attention of the senior staff at the University.”

“In addition, we are here to celebrate students’ achievements and the rich diversity of campus life from arts and culture to sports,” he said.

Mr. Singh also noted that students and staff of USP can take pride in seeing the achievements being recognised by the USP student newspaper.

Wansolwara Editor Sonal Singh delivers his address at Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre (formerly known as AusAid Lecture Theatre) Performance Space in USP

Meanwhile the Fijian Media Association (FMA) President, Mr. Ricardo Morris stressed the importance of gender balance in the media industry.

While talking about gender distribution in the Fijian Media, Mr. Ricardo Morris said that “even though Fiji has quite a good gender balance whereby women are holding top positions in media companies, you can always improve.”

“So all the young women journalists here today go for important positions in the media where you can actually make decisions,” he said.

Meanwhile, the actual World Press Freedom Day is on Sunday, 3 May 2015.

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