The course focuses on the development of students’ skills to
1) understand the difference (and similarities) between broadcast and print journalism,
2) gain knowledge and understanding of journalists’ skills as broadcasters in news and current affairs and in a range of talk genres,
3) understand the role(s), construction and presentation of talkback radio;
4) improve broadcast interviewing skills to an advanced level
5) gain knowledge and understanding of documentary-making
6) apply this knowledge in reporting.
- Teacher: Sisilia Tu'ifua Takapautolo
This module is designed for students’ exposure to the nature, elements, process and practice of writing for print. The course focuses on critical, interpretive and opinion writing for newspapers and other media in the form of editorials, reviews, columns, letters and cartoons.
At the end of the semester, the students will have gained confidence and proficiency in their informed application of the advanced skills in writing various types of material for print media (to include feature writing, editorial and opinion, commentary, and youth writing.
- Teacher: Melemanu Fiu Bloomfield
This Module is designed as a continuation of Civics Module. This Module furthers the focus on the practice of political reporting, concluding work on social and political systems, especially regional institutions and relationships and an interweaving theme of gender perspectives and gender-sensitivity in journalism.
At the end of the semester, the students will have developed or are expected to:
1) Explore the practice of political reporting;
2) Practice the key elements of political journalism with an understanding of political systems and regional perspectives;
3) Identify national and regional issues and the organisations/institutions that handle these issues;
4) Understand Information Disclosure policies and Freedom of Information and how it relaters to political reporting;
5) Develop an awareness and sensitivity toward various ways of how and why gender can impact media content and to become more critical thinking producers and consumers of media by applying gender-sensitive concepts and practices to journalism; and
6) Engage in sensitive issues and matters of public importance through research and producing media.
- Teacher: Kalafi Moala
This Module focuses on corruption as it can be studied by the media. At the end of the semester, the students are expected to demonstrate their expertise in identifying, researching, and analysing issues of public importance and matters for investigative reporting. They are expected to effectively write publishable, in-depth investigate stories about local and national issues using primary sources.
This Module particularly focuses on the various manifestations of corrupt practices in government and private sectors. The aim of the Module is to train students on how to identify corrupt acts and practices, conduct advanced research, analyse facts and perform investigative reporting.
- Teacher: Kalafi Moala
This Module is designed for student’s exposure to the nature, elements, processes and career structures of the media industry of the Pacific.
It is designed for students’ practical and theoretical application of the necessary skills and knowledge for their work in the media industry in any organisation, with the view in mind the building of their confidence and proficiency as media practitioners.
- Teacher: Linda Filiai
This module focuses on the use of quality Information Technologies (IT) vis-à-vis the computer as a fundamental tool in journalism as a profession. Introduced to the best principles and practices of IT applications, the students will be able to use effectively the Web-based IT as basic tools in journalism.
At the end of the module, the students will have been able to maximise their use of the computer and the internet in conducting research work and in preparing for news reports/stories and other related information materials.
Furthermore, the module aims to provide meaningful technical and computer skills for an audience primarily concerned with media in the form of newspaper and radio.
The computer skills being taught would have to be in an area suitable for media; this includes, web design, web page maintenance and effective internet usage. The web design module is of particular importance as this enables a method for broadcasting news to a much larger audience for a minimal overhead.
- Teacher: Tane Kauvaka
This module intends to orient the students on basic economic concepts and how to report business and economic issues.
The module aims to train students in the craft of writing a credible and relevant business and/or economic stories. It teaches the students to learn the language of business and economics as journalists/writers, and to translate their knowledge for readers.
The initial goal is to remove the “fear factor” that many journalists have about business and economics. The longer-term goal is to not just to cover a current story or scandal but have the ability to provide clear, regular business and economics coverage by employing financial knowledge and professional reporting techniques.
The overall goal of this module is to provide students with the background, knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to succeed as business and financial journalists. For those who may not choose this journalistic path this class will provide awareness of the importance of business and economic news and its role in coverage, reporting and editing.
- Teacher: Faka'osilea Lavaki
This module educates media students about Culture and Tradition in five Pacific Island countries. It facilitates learning about culture and tradition and how these systems affect the work of journalists and media practitioners.
It is designed for students’ practical and theoretical application of the necessary knowledge and attitudes for their work in the media.
This Module aims to:
1. Equip the students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to take the traditions and cultures into account in their work; and
2. Equip the students with the necessary understanding to reflect as media practitioners on the traditions and cultures in the societies in which they may work.
- Teacher: Ana Uili
This module deals with the nature, process and tasks of group dynamics, team building and interpersonal communication. It is designed for students’ practical and theoretical application of the necessary skills for their work in any team and in groups, with the view in mind of building their confidence and proficiency in writing investigative stories.
It also introduces the mentoring principles, skills and best practices that can be used in all aspects of employment. At the end of the semester, the students will be able to develop essential knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary in understanding the learning and the mentoring process. They will gain and appreciate an understanding of mentoring skills, principles and practices in organisational development in the media workplace.
The module focuses on the development of students’ skills for
1) conducting a systematic analysis of group behaviour,
2) designing, implementing, and evaluating various interventions for a more effective functioning of the group; and
3) acquiring knowledge and skills in mentoring.
- Teacher: 'Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki