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From campus to newsroom in the South Pacific: governance and the quest for a professional journalism ethos

Robie, D. and Singh, Shailendra B. (2004) From campus to newsroom in the South Pacific: governance and the quest for a professional journalism ethos. Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji, 2 (2). pp. 245-268. ISSN 1728-7456

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Abstract

Educated and well-informed journalists provide a key underpinning of good governance. The University of the South Pacific's Regional Journalism Programme began producing double major graduate journalists for the South Pacific from 1996. Two-thirds of the graduates live and work in Fiji. While some news media organisations in Fiji have generally recruited graduates, others have preferred to hire untrained school leavers. Increasingly, parallel with draft legislation designed to turn the self-regulating Fiji Media Council into a statutory body, there have been public calls for higher media standards and more professional training and education. This paper explores the career attitudes and destination of the university's 68 journalism graduates between 1996 and 2002 based on empirical data from a six-year monitoring project that started in 1998. It also examines the policies of the Fiji media industry towards graduates and education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2004 14:57
Last Modified: 08 May 2012 20:07
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/3077
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