USP offers online journalism course at Vanuatu campus

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Some of the award-winning graduates from the University of the South Pacific journalism school last year. Image: Wansolwara

By Harrison Selmen in Port Vila

The University of the South Pacific is offering for the first time one of its journalism courses to be studied and accessed online through regional campuses.

This means students in Vanuatu who wish to pursue a career in journalism or those who just want some background knowledge on journalism can enrol for this course at Emalus Campus in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila

The pledge made by Dr Shailendra Singh, head of journalism at Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji, when he visited Vanuatu last year has finally become a reality for many journalism students.

The course is now being offered via online mode JN101 Introduction to Journalism and it is a 100 level course which introduces students to the field of Journalism and what is expected of a journalist.

It poses questions such as: what is news? What is the role of media in a society? What are media ethics and why are ethics important?

The course is offered online this semester and may also involve some face to face interaction depending on when the need arises.

While the double-major degree in journalism and a discipline of choice consists of a total of 24 courses, the diploma programme is only 12 courses, one of which is JN101.

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Other courses in the diploma programme are likely to be gradually introduced regionally.

The USP journalism newspaper Wansolwara Online

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