USP journalism awards

Update: 5:33PM ELEVEN awards will be presented tomorrow in recognition of the efforts by aspiring journalists at the University of the South Pacific Journalism Program.

According to a statement from the University, the awards are sponsored by the School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM) in recognition of students who are determined to hone their craft so that their journalism makes an important difference in the communities they work in. 

USP Journalism coordinator, Dr Shailendra Singh, said the awards were an important event in USP journalism’s annual calendar since it was introduced by former USP Journalism coordinator, Professor David Robie. 

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

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, who was a member of the advisory committee that founded the program more than 20 years ago, says journalism is an essential part of nation building.

This year USP also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the journalism programme’s student training newspaper, Wansolwara.

Former USP lecturer, Dr Philip Cass who is now teaching in UNITEC, New Zealand, will be the chief guest at the awards. 

Dr Cass also founded the student newspaper.

The awards up for grabs:

1. Encouragement Award, sponsored by Cover Story Limited, the publisher of the Mai staple of magazines’ Mai Life, Mai Style, Mai Wedding & Mai Travel.

2. Fiji Live Most Promising First Year Student Award, sponsored by the nation’s longest running online news site, Fiji Live.

3. FBC Best Sports Reporter Award, sponsored by national broadcaster Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

4. Communications Fiji Best Radio Student Award, sponsored by national broadcaster Communications Fiji Limited.

5. Fiji TV Best Television Student Award, sponsored by national television broadcaster Fiji Television Limited.

6. The Fiji Times Best Student Photographer, sponsored by national newspaper company, Fiji Times Limited.

7. The Fiji Times Best News Story, sponsored by national newspaper company, Fiji Times Limited.

8. Islands Business Best Features Reporter Award, sponsored by regional news publication, Front Page Limited.

9. Business Melanesia Best Editor Award, sponsored by regional news magazine, Business Melanesia.

10. PINA Storyboard Award for Best Regional Reporting, sponsored by regional news association, Pacific Islands News Association.

11. Fiji Sun Tanoa Award for Best Graduating Journalism Student, sponsored by national newspaper company, Fiji Sun Limited.

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