Academic celebrates paper

A FORMER journalism lecturer at the University of the South Pacific reaped the fruits of his hard work 20 years ago when he was officiated at the university’s journalism awards night and the celebration of the university’s Wansolwara student newspaper’s 20th anniversary.

Now a lecturer at Unitech Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand, Professor Philip Cass returned on Friday night to celebrate the newspaper he pieced together 20 years ago.

“When we started it, it was very much an experiment. We were doing it with inexperienced first-year students so it was a big learning process for all of us because even for me we were using digital photography, things I had never done before,” Prof Cass said.

What started off with less than 20 first-year journalism students has gotten more ambitious — covering a wide range of stories from across the Pacific region.

“I think over the years, Wansolwara has become a lot better and has certainly won a lot of awards. This certainly has reflected the hard work done by my successors and all the staff who have worked on it over the years.”

Prof Cass said when he pieced together the newspaper, he never once thought 20 years ahead.

“This is a very special moment for me to think that it has survived this long and prospering this much. I was very touched and I am very grateful for this invitation.”

He advised journalism students to always remember that they could make a difference wherever they were.

Meanwhile, 11 journalism students were honoured for their work during the awards night.

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