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National reporter wins USP scholarship
Title -- 5362 FIJI/PNG: National reporter wins USP scholarship
Date -- 10 March 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- The National (PNG) 27/02/08
Copyright - TN
Status -- Unabridged
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NATIONAL REPORTER WINS SCHOLARSHIP AT USP
By Harlyne Joku
PORT MORESBY (The National Online/Pacific Media Watch): The National reporter Shiela Lasibori has won a scholarship from the French Embassy in Fiji to take part in a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Pacific Media Studies at the University of South Pacific in Suva.
The senior lecturer and head of journalism from USP, Shailendrah Singh, said on Friday that Lasibori was the outstanding candidate from a number of good applications.
She will also benefit from the scholarship. We will also benefit from her especially in terms of passing on her experiences and knowledge of Papua New Guinea, and the media landscape in the country, Singh said.
He added that there was a demand for higher studies in journalism in the South Pacific.
Singh said the programme sought to cater for more than100 USP journalism graduates scattered in the region, and experienced senior journalists wishing to do postgraduate studies in journalism or the mass media.
These people seek scholarships and go abroad for postgraduate media programmes, often in Australia, New Zealand and United States, which offers programmes not necessarily appropriate for the Pacific experience or conditions, Singh said.
He added that the USPs postgraduate journalism programme was ideally placed for the region.
It will encourage research in Pacific media. It will deepen students' understanding and reporting of developmental issues and challenge facing the region. The aim is to improve journalistic standards in the region and to produce journalists who can contribute to the development of the region in meaningful and tangible ways, Singh said.
Singh said the French government funded the establishment of new degree programme in 1994.
"They are the major donors of the equipment and scholarships and with their sponsorship we have been able to restart the postgraduate journalism degree programme," he said.
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