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Pacific media hypes up on convergent journalism

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20 August, 2010. The Inaugural Pacific Media Partnership Committee and Associated Development Programs, jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Deutsche Welle's DW-AKADEMME in Bonn, Germany will be staged in Nuku'alofa from 20-27 August, 2010.

Tonga's Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) in association with the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is to host this week-long forum for professional exchange, held at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre, as highlighted in the brief schedule below:

  • 20-24 Aug: Convergent Journalism. This workshop will be supported by DEUTSCHE WELLE.
  • 23-24 Aug: Maximizing Income & Controlling Cost
  • 25 Aug: Workshop on Asia-Pacific approach to PSB
  • 26 Aug: Workshop on Media Regulation and Regulatory Mechanism
  • 25-26 Aug: Parallel workshop on "Connecting in a Crisis - The Power of Radio in Natural Disasters"
  • 27 Aug: Seminar on Building a vibrant pacific media - Challenges and Opportunities
  • 27 Aug: Pacific Media Partnership Committee Meeting

In recent years, the traditional boundaries between the media have become blurred but nowadays people listen to radio programs on mp-3 players, watch TV on computers or read newspaper articles on the internet on smart phones. For journalists, this digitization and the so-called "new media" open up new ways of gathering information and getting it across to its audience.

Some pacific media organizations would like to follow the examples led by Radio Australia Networks and TV NZ in increasingly wanting to deliver content to their audience through multiple platforms, for instance, while working on a story for one medium - radio, they also have to think of how to repackage that story for a website or a live video feed.

The first three-day event and pre-workshops has discussed various issues concerning to Convergent Journalism, Media regulations, Disaster management, Public service broadcasting and strategies to help build a vibrant media industry in the Pacific. The training was led by Project Manager, Mr. Thorsten Karg of German media giant, Deutsche Welle and representatives from the AIBD Team, Hamidah Abdullah and Marcel Gomez.

A cross-section of 14 participants from regional and local media outlets attended the first 5-day workshop.They were:

  1. Ms Mimama Mautairi (News Producer/Camera/Editor for Cook Islands CITV),
  2. Ms Brenda Hadley Eperiam (Public Relatgion Officer from Federated States of Micronesia)
  3. Mr RicardoGeorge Anthony Morris (Editorial Adviser for MaiTV, Fiji),
  4. Ms Tamarisi Digitaki (Manager SKY, Fiji TV1),
  1. Mr Stanley Simpson (News Director, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation),
  2. Ms Sheila Arukesa (Presenter/ Reporter forVanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation),
  3. Mr Gabriel Bego (Journalist, The National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea),
  4. Mr Faaifo Faaifo (TV & Radio News Reporter, Samoa Quality Broadcasting Co. Ltd, Western Samoa),
  5. Mr Pili Tovaega Asiata (Senior Producer/ ReporterRadio for Samoa Quality Broadcasting Co. Ltd, Western Samoa),
  6. Ms Emma Jane Vea (Senior News Reporter, Tonga Broadcasting Commission, Tonga),
  7. Ms Pippin Vuvui Sivoki Fotu (Senior News Reporter, Tonga Broadcasting Commission, Tonga),
  8. Ms Telesia Adams (Deputy Editor, Times of Tonga Newspaper, Tonga),
  9. Mr Tevita Motulalo (Managing Editor for Tonga Chronicle Newspaper, Tonga) ,
  10. Mr Talanoa Langi (Ministry of Information and Communications, Tonga).

This event was supported by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), DEUTSCHE WELLE (DW), FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG (FES), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) & UNESCO.

Following the Convergent Workshop on Journalism, will be a number of parallel workshops with key focus on the legal, administrative and financial aspects of public broadcasting and the importance of media regulations and regulatory mechanisms in the Pacific.

The media forum wraps up Friday next week, August 27, with conclusive seminars and meetings of the Pacific Media Partnership Committee.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010.

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