WEATHER forecasters will soon make presentations to news media organisations to explain acronyms and jargon used in weather forecasts in the hope that journalists will be better equipped to disseminate this to the public.
Speaking at the end of a two-day workshop at the Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi yesterday, Manager Forecasting Misaele Funaki said the presentations were important because it was critical that people from all walks of life understood weather forecasts.
"We will be visiting newsrooms either late this year or early next year to hold a number of presentations on various things like the jargon we use and what the weather terms actually mean," he said.
"This, obviously, is designed to ensure that the media fully understand what the forecasts mean and hopefully this will help them disseminate the information to the general public in a more accurate and easy-to-understand manner."
Workshop facilitator, Matai Akauola from the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) said the initiative would benefit all stakeholders concerned.