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By Tamani Nair

SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 1, 1999 – Wansolwara http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/docs/wansol.html /Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The University of the South Pacific journalism training newspaper is being given a big boost by DFID Pacific and the university administration, it reports in its latest special media edition.

The British Government's Department for International Development (DFID) has granted the regional paper an extra $F 3,300. This follows the development grant of almost F$10,000 over the past year.

And the university administration has confirmedF$10,000 for more computers and other equipment.

(NOTE: F$ 1.963 = US$ 1.00 on November 2, 1999)

"Our government's fund confirms that training of media personnel is very important and we feel the need to support this, not just within the Pacific region but globally," said Jackie Creighton, head of DFID Pacific.

Leonard Chan, governance fund manager at DFID Pacific, said the journalism program was extremely useful as it provided practical training for journalism students through the newspaper.

"Often with university programs you actually don't have that practical element to it incorporated into a course."

DFID is keen on supporting activities that have a regional impact and Wansolwara "fits the bill."

The funding has come as a blessing since the paper is reliant on income generated from advertising. The DFID funding supports the paper's development plan in gaining self-sufficiency.

The funding covers publication costs of the last two issues for 1999.

Journalism coordinator David Robie said it was really important for Wansolwara to become fully self-sustainable.

"Students have done a great job but DFID has given the newspaper the breathing space that it needed to really develop its systems so that it is sustainable for the future."

* The newspaper today published a special Pacific Media Freedom Calendar 2000 for newsrooms around the region.

Title -- 2427 EDUCATION: Wansolwara given big boost of funds, equipment Date -- 1 November 1999 Byline -- Tamani Nair Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Wansolwara, USP Journalism, 1/11/99 Copyright – Wansolwara Status -- Unabridged

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