The Pacific Media Assistance Scheme PACMAS supports better governance in the Pacific region by contributing to the development of a diverse, independent and professional Pacific media system.

Media watchdog role highlighted in parliamentary masterclass

Accuracy and fairness are important in media reporting to lead the public to make better informed decisions. Participants at the Parliamentary Masterclass workshopMedia practitioners in attendance were reminded of the importance of knowing the media and the law and parliamentary proceedings given the important role it plays in relation to Fiji’s parliament.

Partnering with media to strengthen human rights in the Pacific

‘Giving voice to the voiceless’ and ‘championing the rights of all peoples’ will be among the key messages highlighted at a regional human rights and media forum, in Nadi, Fiji, this week for senior journalists and government communication officers from 13 Pacific countries. The event aims to strengthen media capacity in ‘rights-based reporting’ to reflect the realities and aspirations of Pacific island communities for equality, development and social justice.

The Last New Hebrideans

Through the PACMAS Innovation Fund, Slone Fred and Island Sun Pictures were able to film ‘The Last New Hebrideans’, a series of documentary with 10 episodes and a duration of 21 minutes each. The title used in this documentary The Last New Hebrideans is used to portray the life these mountain people have been living during the colonial era and even after over 30 years of Independence.

PasiMA e-Learning resource launches

PACMAS provided A$50,000 to support a new regional online initiative called Pasifika Trainer. This journalism training initiative is the brainchild of the Pasifika Media Association (PasiMA) which launched the program in late March. A robust training programme with modules covering a wide range of media and journalism topics, the course was designed to strengthen the capacity of regional media professionals, promote community media, and build organizational capacity to deliver online training to a broad range of Pacific media professionals.

SIBC to introduce television services for their populations 

In late 2013, the need for a national TV service was recognized which lead to a funded Australian Media Assistance Project Feasibility Study in early 2015. The SIBC Chairman Mr. Loyley Ngira OBE said Directors discussed the idea and the SIBC SIBC Board accepted the study and forwarded it to the Prime Minister with a recommendation that a project be formulated to design and fund the service.

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This Impact Assessment Briefing provides a summary of PACMAS work in relation to gender and analysis of its impact on beneficiaries of these activities. The initiatives have been implemented and supported in partnership with a number of Pacific and international organisations.

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    FNU parliamentary reporting tutorial with Chase

    May 2nd, 2016 by

    Following on from the parliamentary reporting masterclass, Steve Chase from the ABC held a session with the Fiji National University (FNU) certificate level journalism students. Steve Chase was invited to speak to the students on this subject area given the importance of releasing accurate and fair parliamentary reports.

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    The role Pacific media play when it comes to hazards and disasters is all encompassing. Sharing information to help people be prepared, staying ‘on-air’ to provide people comfort and to tell the stories post-disaster, is crucial. For those who work in this industry, the statistics combined with personal experience, indicate that you may know this role well.

  • Media watchdog role highlighted in parliamentary masterclass

    Media watchdog role highlighted in parliamentary masterclass

    April 23rd, 2016 by

    Accuracy and fairness are important in media reporting to lead the public to make better informed decisions. Participants at the Parliamentary Masterclass workshopMedia practitioners in attendance were reminded of the importance of knowing the media and the law and parliamentary proceedings given the important role it plays in relation to Fiji’s parliament.

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