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Journalism student returns from international internship

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Sonal Singh during his internship.

A final year Journalism student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) is back in the country after undergoing a two-week internship programme organised and sponsored by the Pacific Corporation Foundation (PCF) in New Zealand.

Sonal Singh, majoring in Journalism as part of his Bachelor of Arts degree at USP, worked at a number of media organisations under the internship, including Pacific Media Network, Maori Television, Pacific Media Centre, Tiki Lounge, NZ Herald, TVNZ and Sun Pix.

PCF is a regional media organisation which aims to bring about engagement between Pacific Islands to help strengthen relationship between countries.

According to Sonal, the internship gave him an exposure to not only cover local stories but also to do international pieces. This, he added, will help him write his stories to meet international standards.

One particular difference, noted by Sonal during the internship was the amount of media freedom journalists had in New Zealand to ask questions without hesitation as compared to local media which are more regulated.


Head of USP Journalism Dr Shailendra Singh.

While talking about the University, Sonal said that USP is the platform on which he his building his future.

“I am thankful that I got to study at USP as through it I am getting so many opportunities to work with my fellow Pacific Islanders, as well as, getting opportunities such as showcasing Fiji’s talents overseas and at the same time learning new techniques of journalism to become the best in my field of study. Thank you USP!” he remarked.

Sonal acknowledged the support of his lecturers, families and PCF coordinators in New Zealand, Ralph Elika and Michelle Curran, for their guidance during the internship programme.

Head of USP Journalism, Dr Shailendra Singh said Sonal's trip was made possible through the USP Journalism Programme's strategic partnership with the PCF to help develop promising journalism students in the region. Dr Singh said that the aim of such partnerships was to broaden student learning and experience.

He said that the PCF internship programme is ongoing and another USP journalism student could under the scheme.

This news item was published on 1 Aug 2016 11:23:53 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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