Awards night for student journos

FORMER University of the South Pacific lecturer and founder of the journalism program’s student training newspaper, Wansolwara, Dr Philip Cass, will be the chief guest at the university’s Journalism Program Annual Awards to be held today.

Dr Cass is now teaching at UNITEC, New Zealand.

The awards, which is sponsored by the School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM), recognises students who are determined to hone their craft so that their journalism makes an important difference in the communities they work in.

USP Journalism co-ordinator Dr Shailendra Singh said the awards were an important event in USP journalism’s annual calendar since it was introduced by former USP journalism co-ordinator Prof David Robie.

Dr Singh said students practised real-time journalism as part of their training and the best of them were rewarded with cash prizes and certificates.

“The awards are well supported by the news media industry in Fiji who sponsored the prizes,” he said.

“News media industry representatives attend the function and present the prizes in person, which is a boost for the future journalists of the region.”

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