PACMAS Blog

The PACMAS blog brings you all latest news and progress on PACMAS activities, the Innovation Fund, media events in the region and commentary from PACMAS partners and media strengthening specialists across the Pacific

FNU parliamentary reporting tutorial with Chase

Steve Chase during tutorial session

Steve Chase during tutorial session

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. He was invited to speak to the students on this subject area given the importance of releasing accurate and fair parliamentary reports. In the masterclass parliamentary reporting class that was held earlier, those in power in the legislative assembly stressed the importance of the media's role. It was also emphasised that media have a duty of care to the general public with the information released and how it's presented. The reports must always be balanced and accurate and the people can draw their own conclusions. Lecturer and journalism students with Chase Lecturer Maneesha Karan with journ...
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Helping Pacific island broadcasters strengthen their resilience

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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, you know this role well, there are even statistics prove so. Since 1950, extreme events including events that are non-weather related such as tsunami, have effective approximately 9.2 million people in the Pacific with close to 10,000 reported deaths and damage to the value of USD 3.2 billion.  The vast majority of the 284 recorded disasters that occurred in the Pacific island region between 1950 and 2013 were caused by weather related events, especially severe storms.  More specific numbers look show the losses in Niue due to Cyclone Heta in 2004 amounted to over five times the 2003 GDP. These were figures referred to before Tropical Cyclone Pam and Typhoon Mayask in 2015 and before Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016. ...
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Media watchdog role highlighted in parliamentary masterclass

Steve Chase in parliamentary masterclass session

Steve Chase in parliamentary masterclass session

Accuracy and fairness are important in media reporting to lead the public to make better informed decisions. The Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Jiko Luveni made these comments to participants at the recent PACMAS Parliamentary Masterclass Workshop for journalist at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva. "The media must ensure there is a free flow of information and that it interprets information accurately because it has a watchdog function and often informs public opinion and debate." The training was facilitated by ABC Australia's Steve Chase focusing on media's duties and responsibilities in information flow aiding the public's right to know.
Participants completing M&E

Participants completing M&E

Media Industry Development Authority director, A...
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Partnering with media to strengthen human rights in the Pacific

Pacific editors debate

Pacific editors debate

‘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. This event which was postponed in late February due to tropical cyclone Winston, and now held from 13-15 April.
During the human rights forum opening

During the human rights forum opening

The Enhancing a Human Rights-based Approach to News Reporting Forum is organised by the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in partnership with the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) Journalism Programme at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel. T...
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The Last New Hebrideans

Chief Molitamata talking with Charles Sumbe

Chief Molitamata talking with Charles Sumbe

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. The Last New Hebrideans is a series of documentaries featuring the mountain people of South Espiritu Santo through the eyes of Charles Sumbe who is a presenter at a local FM station in Vanuatu. People from other parts of Vanuatu often assume that people who are still practicing their traditional way of living are happy and that they are living the simple life. In some ways people think that they are preserving their cultures and traditions but within themselves captured in this documentary is the other side of the coin, their reality. These attitudes have left the government to ignore these people. And was confirmed by Chief Moli...
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PasiMA e-Learning resource launches

Savea Sano Malofa with Wang Xuefeng, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, and his wife

Savea Sano Malofa with Wang Xuefeng, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, and his wife

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. The PasifikaTrainer course was not envisioned to supplant or compete with academic journalism training courses. Rather, it is intended for working media professionals who need to brush up on media skills or attain a more comprehensive understanding of specific media issues. It is a resource that can be dipped into as a quick reference, or reviewed in...
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