01.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Apia

NUS celebrates World Press Freedom Day

The Department of Media and Communication of the National University of Samoa (NUS) will be celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) at 10am on Friday, 3 May 2013.

This year’s theme set by UNESCO and is celebrated worldwide is “Safe to speak: Securing freedom of expression in all media.” Twenty-nine students are producing short radio and video production materials and stories as tribute to local media industry in celebrating WPFD 2013.

Students are writing stories about the life and contribution of their chosen media practitioner (current and/or former journalist including veterans). They are expected to produce a written profile, film and record same interview.  These mediums will assist in delivering key messages. Production materials will be 3 minutes only.

Highlights of the celebrations include a publication called “Samoan journalists’ journey in an island democracy which will be presented to the Journalists’ Association of Samoa (JAWS) for official printing. Written tributes by students will be compiled for this publication.  

“This year’s event is the second event that NUS is hosting,” says Head of Department, Nora Daep-Tumua. “The inaugural event was held in 2009 when the Regional Media Roundtable Discussions met.  This event was funded by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and UNESCO.”

On the part of the students, Nora said: “This is a very good exercise for the students.  They are more motivated and want to do their best given the limited time.” “Students are excited since their short films will also be presented to broadcast media and our facebook page,” added Nora.

The publication and production will be a ‘recognition of the media’s role and contribution to island democracy’ from NUS Media and Journalism Programme.” It is hoped that the publication will be sent to regional and international organizations to promote the work of journalism students as well as the important role play by local journalists in building democracy in a cultural society like Samoa,” she said.

To top off this year’s celebration is the launch of the Inaugural Journalism Students Awards. Students will be competing for The Best Print Tribute, Best Radio Tribute and Video Tribute Award.  “The media industry and the business community have been very supportive of this initiative through sponsoring our prizes,” says Tumua. The Department extends its heartfelt gratitude to sponsors such as the Samoan Observer, Samoa Stationeries and Books, Talamua Media & Star FM and Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson of the Environment Weekly.

The keynote address will be a message from UNESCO’s Officer in Charge, Dr Sue Vize.  Journalism Lecturer, Misa Vicky Lepou initiated preparations for this year’s activity.

For more information and interview contacts:

Nora Daep-Tumua, 7784995

Misa Vicky Lepou, 21428 ext.186


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