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SUVA, Fiji Islands (July 19, 2001 - PINA Nius Online)---Pacific Islands journalists are about to start using the Internet to take courses at a top Asian journalism school - without leaving their island newsrooms.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) members are joining Asian colleagues in training online conducted by the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Two new fully funded fellowships a month are being awarded to PINA members.

This is thanks to cooperation between PINA, the Council of Asia Pacific Press Institutes (CAPPI), Ateneo de Manila University and Germany's Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The first two participants this month begin a 15-week course on business reporting. They will study for about five hours a week using interactive websites and e-mail to work with lecturers and interact with other participants.

Their course finishes with a group project and an examination.

New courses are starting each month, with one on conflict reporting scheduled to start in August.

Successful participants will be able to use credits from these courses to work towards an online masters degree from Ateneo de Manila University.

The university is Jesuit run and is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Asia. The Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at the university is committed to fostering a free, competent and competitive news media.

The online courses were developed through support from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's Asian Media Project. It followed a decision by CAPPI to focus on training online as a way of enabling busy Asia-Pacific journalists to get access to regular top continuing education without the cost of travel and time away from their newsrooms.

The Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism developed the online courses in consultation with CAPPI members.

They were given resounding approval in a recent meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal. At this session were CAPPI council members, Konrad Adenauer Center director Violet Valdez and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's Asian Media Project director Thomas Stehling.

CAPPI links the leading media training institutes of Asia and the Pacific, and PINA is one of its founding members.

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