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Media Training on Development Ends with Awards

Suva, August 27 2010-- A weeklong training for journalists on the importance of Development with linkages to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other regional commitments like the Cairns Compact, Outcomes of the Global Economic Crisis and Pacific Food Summit, ended today with awards presented to the best stories on any of the eight broad development issues under the MDGs in three categories – Print, Television and Radio.
In the radio category, Selina Navuso of VitiFM in Fiji walked away with the first prize of US$200 while Antari Elbon (National Radio Station of the Republic of Marshall Islands) was runner up.

In the print category, Irene Manueli of the Fiji Times took first place with US$200. Ms. Manueli’s article focused on an Indo Fijian man who was waiting to die because his kidneys had given up on him.
The first runner up in the print category was awarded to Cherelle Jackson, of the Environment Weekly of Samoa.

In television, final year University of the South Pacific (USP) journalism student, Unaisi Moce walked away with the winning prize money (US$200) while the  runner up was Laisenia Kubu of the Ministry of Information in Fiji.
Unaisi presented a general overview of why MDGs are far from being reached in the region.

Leni Dalavera, a final year Solomon Islands journalism student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) was presented with the Students Encouragement Award.

The judging panel which consisted of a representative from the UN agencies in Fiji, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) who was also a former journalist, said they were amazed at the quality of stories.

All the winners were part of a Regional Media Development workshop that was facilitated by UN agencies based in Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Media Center (SPC RMC) with support from Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Pacific Disability Forum and South Pacific Geo Science Commission (SOPAC).

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|Closing remarks by Mr Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative|

For more information – please contact: Donna Hoerder: Communications Specialist, UNICEF Pacific, or Ruci Mafi, Communications & Training Assistant, Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Media Centre,




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