|Department of Media & Journalism|
The Department of Media & Journalism offers Media and Journalism studies through the Certificate IV Media and Journalism and Diploma in Media and Journalism programmes. Both programmes run for three Trimesters and are offered full time during the day for the Certificate in Media and Journalism, and in the evenings for Diploma in Media & Journalism.
Since its inception in 2003 and in the last three years, the programmes have been successfully established as premier journalism programmes for the region. Most of the graduates are now working in newsrooms in various media organizations in Fiji, both in the mainstream and alternative media. Students have found employment in television, radio, newspapers and magazine and some have ventured into alternative church and corporate media. Media Studies train students in both traditional and electronic media to prepare for the work and challenges of the modern informational era that media personnel and journalists face in today’s’ society.
What do you learn?
The programs develop students’ knowledge and skills for working in media, including research and analytical skills and techniques, to supply the insatiable demand for in-depth news that exist in today’s media industry. The Certificate of Media and Journalism is a prerequisite for the Diploma programme and trains students in specific units in IT skills, core journalism units like news writing, broadcast journalism in radio and television and proper journalism research skills. In addition, media students learn the art of interviewing and study society through Civics lessons to learn about Fiji, the Pacific region and the world. The lessons prepare students to work in regional and international countries and to understand and write local, regional and international news.
Fiji media operates in a sophisticated environment with many challenges and our students are trained to cope with the challenges of an explosive news environment. The Diploma in Media and Journalism teaches in-depth reporting with an understanding of the legal media issues. They gain an understanding of beat reporting in units such as Police Court and Parliament, Sports, Health and Environment, Regional and Global Development Issues and Pacific Island Cultures. Students also learn about the latest software in Web Design and Management. They also learn Business Economics, Marketing and Program Production. They are also trained as mentors and media trainers in Mentoring, Team Building and Communication. Diploma in Media and Journalism students study regional and global developments to give them a deeper understanding of the wider world in which they live, so as to be able to report on regional and global issues.
Students currently enjoy the use of a modern computer lab for research via the web and internet. These computers feature the latest software for media production, facilitating the editing of news bulletins, radio documentaries, audio visual productions like television dramas, documentaries and commercials and corporate videos. These software also teach students to create and manage the latest and fastest communication medium in web media.