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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 15, 2001 – USP Journalism/Pacific Media Watch)---A new 'millennium' Pacific journalism book which tackles many of the media dilemmas of the region is being published by the University of the South Pacific and is due out soon.

The 384-page book, called The Pacific Journalist: A Practical Guide, deals with media convergence in the region and covers many of the weak areas in regional journalism such as media law and ethics.

Edited by USP journalism coordinator David Robie with a foreword by Fiji Times columnist and DAWN media coordinator Seona Smiles, the book has been written by a team of prominent journalists and media educators in the region.

The book covers some of the core courses of the USP journalism program, such as news values, basic newsgathering, news writing and style, media law and ethics, print and online media, radio and television journalism, photojournalism, and political reporting and editorial balance.

In the final section, several chapters raise contemporary issues facing the region - trauma and conflict reporting in the wake of the Fiji coup and the Solomon Islands ethnic upheaval; health reporting and HIV/AIDS; the growing importance of the environment; and NGOs as news sources.

A chapter, "outside looking in," also examines the challenges for international media covering the region.

Inquiries and orders through: New Zealand: [email protected]  Australia and South Pacific: [email protected] 

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Title -- 3208 REGION: New 'millennium' Pacific media book due out soon Date -- 15 February 2001 Byline – None Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- USP Journalism, 15/2/1 Copyright -- USP Journalism Status -- Unabridged

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