REGION: USP staff want Fiji’s Thompson to step aside in probe
Mon, 24 Jun 2019
By Peni Komaisavai
SUVA (Islands Business/Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): Staff of the University of the South Pacific at the university’s main Laucala campus in Suva have called for pro-chancellor Winston Thompson to step aside to allow for an independent investigation into alleged abuse and mismanagement to proceed.
This was one of three demands USP staff made in a petition they presented today to the university’s senior management team.
BANGKOK (Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): A new handbook for the existential problem of our time – climate change – has been published as a boost for journalists working in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Disaster reporting, which focuses on deaths and casualties for the benefit of local readers, is understandable. However, the mass media also need to explain in depth the causes of climate change. Contextual climate change reporting can be taught to journalists by journalism schools if they have enough trained faculty and resources. But Asia-Pacific journalism schools are not able to do this, to cite a paper we published in Pacific Journalism Review (2017), which was based on a small survey of 20 schools in the region….
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As critical issues such as climate change, exploited fisheries, declining human rights and reconfiguration of political systems inherited at independence increasingly challenge the microstates of Asia-Pacific, approaches to news media and journalism education are also under strain.
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