THE first graduate of the University of the South Pacific's Masters in Pacific Media Studies program has presented her thesis findings at the Journalism Education Association of Australia (JEAA) conference at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Shazia Usman, who graduated in September, was successful in receiving a $2000 scholarship to make the presentation.
"I am very excited to be given the opportunity to present my findings to academics, scholars, and journalism practitioners, especially at an international level," she said.
Her thesis is titled 'Invisibility in the Media: A Comparative Analysis of the Coverage Given to Female Election Candidates in the 1999 and 2006 Elections by The Fiji Times and Fiji Sun'.
Ms Usman thanked JEAA for giving her the opportunity and former lecturer and her principal thesis supervisor, Shailendra Singh, for nominating her to attend the conference. She has been with the Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM) since her university days and has been its communications officer for the past two years.
"As a feminist activist and scholar, gender representation in the media is very important to me and when I was researching and writing this thesis, it was always at the back of my mind to ensure that my findings get as much visibility as possible," she said.