Media and Journalism Lecturer Misa Vicky Lepou writes:
Digital and social media have changed the face of quality journalism over the last decade and media educators in the Pacific must adapt and include multimedia journalism in the delivery of the new Innovative Teaching Guide that has been developed by Telinga Media, with funding from the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS).
Media educators from four Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) in the Pacific, namely in Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and Fiji were in deliberations last week’s (22 – 26 June) in Suva discussing two newly developed modules, the Climate Change and Disaster (CCD) Reporting and the Digital and Social Media (DSM) Reporting. Both modules designed for journalists and multimedia newsrooms.
“The DSM module describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by journalists to engage with digital and social media tools,” said Steve Sharp, Head of Telinga Media.
“It introduces students to ethical, technological and professional factors involved in the collection and communication of information through digital channels.”
Finding tactical media responses to crisis and disaster through digital and social media are some of the challenges most Pacific media newsrooms continue to face.
The workshop provided the platform for TVET educators to reaffirm the need to deliver the modules via innovative approaches such as project-based learning.
However, not all TVETs are fully equipped with the relevant technology for this guide to become fully fledged.
“The educators have also been presented with another course that is useful not just for media and journalism schools but respective outlets as well,” added Sharp.
“Given the low digital infrastructure some regional countries or even institutions have, the course introduces students to skills and concepts underpinning audio visual production and explores a range of widely available technologies for media production including the use of smart phones or tablets and standard computer operating software.”
Media lecturer at Tonga’s Institution of Higher Education (TIHE) said, “We share the same challenges and we, as educators cannot keep referring to lack of resources as a barrier, but to invest on what’s already been made available.”
Regional and global development issues are forthcoming and this needs to be shared to those in the rural areas therefore digital and social media reporting offered at the earliest convenience is in the best interest of the journalism students and the industry.
Attending the second workshop are TIHE, NUS, Vanuatu’s Institute of Technology (VIT) and Fiji National University (FNU).
Misa Vicky Lepou is a Media and Journalism Lecturer and website news administrator for the National University of Samoa. For more information, visit us on www.nus.edu.ws