Sunday, March 20, 2011

[pima.nius] New Pacific media assistance program proposal

11:31 AM |

via pacific journos

Hi everyone,

A new Pacific media training and assistance program is being hatched
"to assist the independent media to have a more effective voice"  ....

I am posting this on behalf of Assoc Professor Martin Hadlow, who some
of you would know from his recent past role with the School of
Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland.

If you're curious and want to know more, read on....his message is

Dear Friends,

For your information, a prospective donor agency has sought assistance
to prepare a new /updated training needs survey of the media in the

The training needs survey will involve an assessment and overview of
current media and journalism training efforts in the region  - and
more importantly, the identification of areas where future
interventions by donors would be useful and have a real, practical

This mapping exercise especially seeks to identify niche areas where
gaps may exist and specific needs could be addressed.

The key outcome of the entire initiative would be to develop a long-
term proposal to "assist the independent media to have a more
effective voice".

It is well understood that there's no "one size fits all" solution –
that media needs in the Pacific are many and varied, and that a number
of successful projects have been put in place in the past, or are
currently operational.

So I would be most grateful if you could take a few moments to let me
know your views on how current media support and training is working,
as well as future needs.

The field of training is diverse - it can be in-country or regional
workshops, mentoring, tertiary level studies in journalism, and so on.
Support for the development of media legislation and FOI documentation
can also be part of the agenda.

Please do send any information to me at your convenience. I appreciate
that media professionals in the Pacific are busy people, so even one
or two lines outlining your future needs and thoughts would be
welcome. If you have any ready-made planning proposals in the fields
of media development and training in the Pacific, these would also be

With sincere thanks,

Martin Hadlow
Brisbane, Australia

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