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Seaweb series launch

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, March 29, 2014

HOLDING on fast to the basics of journalism can take you anywhere, says veteran journalist and now-freelancer and acting editor of Islands Business magazine Samisoni Pareti.

Addressing participants at Thursday's launch of the annual SeaWeb Sea Series Fellowship, Pareti said if journalists adhered to the simple 5Ws and 1H rule — who, what, when, where, why and how — of reporting, they would not go wrong.

"The basics of journalism will take you anywhere. In the SeaWeb Sea Series you'll be dealing with science and it can be really scary, but don't let it scare you away," Pareti advised the new batch of participants.

The Sea Series is a six-month training course which aims to strengthen journalism and reporting of ocean environment issues in Fiji by linking the scientists with the journalists in an attempt to improve reporting standards.

"For me, understanding the issues is the way to go and you really have to give it time — you need to listen and understand and remember that there are no silly questions.

"But at the same time you need to know your limits, you're not expected to know everything, you're supposed to ask questions."

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