TVET media educators in the Pacific have formed a new group called Media Educators Pacific (MEP) at the PACMAS TVET Journalism Initiative training in June, in Suva, Fiji.
The PACMAS training by Telinga Media on innovative teaching, highlighted the importance of multimedia journalism and project-based learning to prepare students for today’s virtual newsrooms.
The representatives of the National University of Samoa (NUS), Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT), Tonga Institute of Higher Education (TIHE) and the Fiji National University (FNU) believe that there is a need for MEP and that is to ensure TVETs support and contribute to a professional media sector in the Pacific.
“We need to take that step ahead of the industry so we invest in producing quality and quantity of not just professional but qualified journalists in the region,” said Vicky Lepou, a lecturer at NUS and spokes lady for MEP.
MEP’s vision is to make a difference in media training and education.
Under this collaboration, the media educators can access and share resources with each other. Key areas of focus are using materials of national or regional context; forging a stronger relationship with local media industries who are immediate employers of TVET graduates; and strengthening partnerships with donors.
MEP is currently working on a non-competitive film festival, regional competitions for print, radio and online, and regional media awards for journalism students.
“We just need to come together as one body, one voice, one mind to address media training and education challenges in the region,” said Ms Lepou.