TOP BROADCASTER JOINS USP JOURNALISM PROGRAM

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 7, 2000 – Pacific Media Watch/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---An award-winning former Radio New Zealand broadcaster with a decade of experience, educating and broadcasting in the Pacific Islands region has been appointed to the University of the South Pacific's journalism program.

Pat Craddock, the senior audio producer with the university's Media Centre in the Fiji Islands, was appointed from a strong international field and is expected to transfer to his new position as journalism lecturer next month.

Craddock worked in professional radio for more than 20 years with Radio New Zealand and the BBC, working in newsrooms, the radio documentary unit and the features section. He was also a producer of multimedia courses and managed the Continuing Education Unit of Radio New Zealand.

His experience covers print, including feature production writing, photography -- both still and film, web online and teaching television production to journalism students at Whitirea Polytechnic in New Zealand. One of his documentaries, "Taken by Force", was shown at the 1988 Wellington News Film Festival.

Among Craddock's awards have been the 1991 New Zealand Media Peace Prize for best radio documentary, "The War Correspondent and the Bodyguard of Lies"; the 1986 International Radio Festival of New York Gold Award for the farming educational program "The Furrowed Brow"; and the 1985 Asian Broadcasting Union Radio Prize for Children's Programs for the pre-school series "Grampa's Place".

During his eight years with USP in Fiji, he has had a long teaching and support role with the journalism program as associate lecturer. He has also been involved with Pacific drama, including the first production of the Sudesh Mishra play "Ferringhi".

Craddock has also lived in Papua New Guinea for three years and has run courses in Kenya, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Singapore and Vanuatu.

"We are delighted to have somebody of Pat Craddock's caliber join the journalism program team," said journalism coordinator David Robie. "He has strong practical media industry experience stretching back many years and has a very diverse range of skills. His specialist and Pacific knowledge will help the students and the program develop rapidly in the future."

Title -- 2592 REGION: Top broadcaster joins USP journalism programme Date -- 7 March 2000 Byline – None Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- Journalism Programme, University of the South Pacific, 7/3/00 Copyright -- Journalism, USP Status -- Unabridged

 

MORE REGIONAL STUDENTS JOIN USP JOURNALISM

SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 3, 2000 – Journalism Program/University of the South Pacific)---Regional students have outstripped Fiji Islands students for the first time in the fresh intake admitted for the University of the South Pacific journalism program.

Out of 19 new students and working journalists joining the journalism courses for 2000, 13 are from Pacific Islands countries.

Both the intakes from Samoa and the Solomon Islands have doubled.

With the total number of students on the six-year-old journalism program at more than 60 -- excluding postgraduate numbers -- and almost all of them degree students, USP has consolidated its place as the largest and most diverse in the Pacific.

"USP has established itself as having the most dynamic and enterprising journalism courses in the region and is now attracting increasing numbers of working journalists," said coordinator David Robie.

"Interestingly, more than half of our students are women, demonstrating the growing popularity of journalism as a career path in the Pacific."

USP's new intake included six students from the Fiji Islands, five from Samoa, four from the Solomon Islands, two from Tuvalu, one from Papua New Guinea and one from Vanuatu.

 

PACIFIC JOURNALISM REVIEW PUBLISHES SPECIAL ISSUE ON TIMOR, WEST PAPUA

SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 1, 2000 – Journalism Program/University of the South Pacific)---A Walkley Award-winning expose on alleged mercenary involvement in the 1996 hostage massacre in West Papua, an inside story on the media reportage after the vote for independence in East Timor, and the reconstruction of the press in Dili are featured in the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review.

An untold story of betrayal and deceit was finally exposed by ABC Four Corners' Mark Davis.

The review has published the script of the award-winning investigative report, Blood on the Cross.

"By stripping away the truth over the hostages kidnapped by the OPM in 1996 and exposing what really happened in the final scenes of the rescue tragedy with alleged Red Cross and other foreign involvement, Davis has helped refocus world attention on the injustices in the western Pacific colony," noted PJR in its editorial.

"He deservedly won a Walkley Award for this chilling and enterprising report."

PJR quotes Davis as saying:

"These people are truly on their own. In their eyes, it's not just Indonesians who want to see them dead.

"It's Americans who want their gold, the British or the Dutch who send soldiers after them, the United Nations who gave away their land, and now they think the Red Cross has betrayed them as well."

In East Timor, the choice was stark and traumatic for Australian journalist Liam Phelan, known in the Pacific for his training courses in the Fiji Islands. While journalists were busy with their rushed exodus in the wake of the self-determination vote, an orgy of organized state destruction was being carried in front of their noses.

Phelan stayed behind with the Timorese and his report in PJR outlines those critical days.

Also featured in this edition of Pacific Journalism Review are Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry's stand-off with the news media; Tongan Times editor Kalafi Moala's profile on the reality of free speech in Tonga; Savea Sano Malifa's update on the Samoa Observer saga; Queensland University's Centre for Democracy deputy director Ian Ward's spelling out of the dangers facing the press in a Fiji media freedom day address; Pacific Islands Report editor Al Hulsen's browsing of the Pacific; and Philip Cass' examination of kastom law and the Pacific media.

The edition, edited by University of the South Pacific journalism coordinator David Robie, includes an author index for all six volumes of the journal.

PJR subscriptions are available on its website: http://www.asiapac.org.fj/PJR/  or single editions (F$25, including courier) can be ordered from the University of the South Pacific Bookshop. Fax: (679) 303265. Email: Kullack_A@usp.ac.fj.  

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