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APIA, Samoa (September 26, 1999 – Samoa Observer)---The Australian aid agency, AusAID, is sponsoring a court reporting workshop for Samoan reporters November 1-10.

AusAID is providing financial and technical assistance for the workshop. This has been confirmed by JAWS (Journalists Association of Western Samoa).

JAWS' President, Apulu Lance Polu, says no more than two reporters from each media organization are allowed to take part. These organizations are asked to give the names to members by fax 23 827 or e-mail [email protected] by September 30.

The workshop will be geared towards the intermediary level, although some basic elements will be covered in the beginning.

"If you have special areas that need to be covered, please include these in your reply so that the workshop will address them," Apulu advises.

"The course will be very practical and will comprise of classroom sessions in the mornings, leaving the afternoon open for the Australian trainer to follow up with reporters’ actual stories for print or broadcast.

"It will be held at the JAWS Training Room, Feiloaimauso Hall.

"JAWS members will need to pay their annual subscriptions of $10 each in order to qualify for this workshop.

"Non members will need to pay $50.00 each if they want to attend.

"As part of the workshop, a working manual on Court Reporting will be produced and made available at the end of the workshop.

"This is a guide for media personnel in Samoa for this crucial aspect of journalism."

For additional reports from the Samoa Observer, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Samoa Observer.

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