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Journalists sought for marine issues program

Dawn Gibson
Friday, March 14, 2014

THE annual SeaWeb Sea Series Fellowship for journalists will begin at the end of this month.

A program associate of SeaWeb Asia Pacific Fiji, Alumeci Nakeke, said she was looking forward to a new batch of keen journalists and journalism students to be part of the fellowship this year.

"We would like to enrol those who are passionate about the health of our oceans and go out of their way to get stories on critical marine issues instead of waiting in the newsrooms to get press releases or statements from organisations," Ms Nakeke said in an interview this week.

"They also do their research on topics they are assigned to, investigative and are not just satisfied with what they are provided with."

Ms Nakeke said the series fellowship program would provide benefits to its participants.

"They would have a clear understanding of marine science and conservation issues. Since most journalists do general reporting, the fellowship would enhance their understanding of marine science and conservation issues.

"They would produce often jargon-laden information produced by ocean experts or scientists into a way that the person on the street or my grandmother in the village can understand and appreciate, and at the same time communicating the information accurately.

"And most importantly, to create a better-informed public on issues facing the communities and the country."

The series begins on March 27 and will run for six months.