Tuesday, March 28, 2006

JAWS talk elections at SGM

Yesterdays Special General Meeting participants took part in an active discussion on Elections reporting. For the first time, local Journalists came together to discuss this topic and many opinions and thoughts were shared including our rights as Journalists to vote, the risk of our work supporting a campaign, and the value fair and just reporting during the lead up to elections.
JAWS participant to the Elections Workshop in Suva presented a paper on his participation, however members questioned the selection process of his attendance. The Board admitted that the proper procedure was not observed and any future nominations would be disseminated accordingly.
The Secretary updated members on JAWS activities, which include the launch of this website, the May 3rd World Press Freedom Day and the June Freedom of Information Workshop.
Members were also treated with the presence of Jaap Jasperse, Editor and Publications Officer for SPREP who spoke on the SPREP Environmental Media Awards. Mr Jasperse encouraged members to submit entries to this Award from Samoan Journalists and Journalism students.
The meeting ended with refreshments an brief networking session amongst members.
Thank You to Peter Lomas for ensuring the presence of Samoa Observer Journalists, who turned up in full force yesterday.
Thank You to Nora for ensuring the participants of her Journalism students.
Gratitude to Gardenia, Molly and Lisa for assistance in the preparation of the conference room. This is a list of Participants in yesterdays SGM:
Taunuuga Toatasi - Savali
Tafaifa Pouafa - Savali
Lemalu Rosa Afamasaga - Savali
Terry Tavita - Savali
Angie Polu - Le Samoa
Lance Polu - Le Samoa
Keni Lesa - Editor Samoa Observer
Alan Ah Mu - Associate Editor Samoa Observer
Asenati T Semu - Samoa Observer
Leafao Malua Faafia - Samoa Observer
Lavai Ah Chong - Newsline
Lagi Keresoma - Newsline
Cherelle S Jackson - Editor Newsline Newspaper
Tiana - Event Polynesia
Tipi Autagavaia - Samoa International
Jaap Jasperse - SPREP Editor and Publications
Sadhana Sen - PIAS-DG, USP
Uale Papalii Taimalelagi - Press Secretariat
Gardenia Elisaia-Brighouse - Press Secretariat
Molly - Press Secretariat
Lisa - Press Secretariat

Marianive Sulutolu - Journalism Student NUS-IOT
Penisula Leautuli - Journalism Student NUS - IOT
Theresa As Lan - Journalism Student NUS - IOT
Ioane Tupai - Journalism Student NUS - IOT
Minoi Tanuvasa - Journalism Student NUS - IOT

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Environmental Media Awards 2006

Journalists be aware and be prepared!
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, SPREP (Secrétariat du Programme régional océanien de l’environnement, PROE) is sponsoring the Environmental Media Awards for news concerning thePacific Region, initially for the years 2006 and 2007. Submissions for the 2006 award will need to have been published or aired in any of the SPREP Pacific Island nations and territories during a 10-month period from 21 November2005 to 24 September 2006; prizes will be awarded at the PINA conference following it.
The scope of the submissions for the 2006 award is:“Environmental protection and management at work in Pacific communities”. It may be a review of work going on, highlighting a successful pilot project, a criticalassessment of policies and practices in environmental improvement; or presenting realissues and solutions.
For more information come to the JAWS SGM on Monday 27th at 12:00pm where SPREP Editor and Publications Officer Mr. Jaap Jasperse will speak on the Awards.
More information will be posted on the site after the SGM.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

NOTICE: Special General Meeting on 27th

To all members and associate members of JAWS, a special general meeting will be held on Monday 27th March 2006, at the Level 1, Conference Room at the Government Building. The special general meeting will present the report by the President about the Elections workshop he is currently attending. The meeting will also be an opportunity update members and associate members on planned activities for JAWS as well as to discuss other matters.

Please Note
Venue: Conference Room, Level 1, Govt Bldg
Time: 12:00pm
Presidents Report on workshop.
Update of JAWS proposed programmes
Other Matters

Thank You

Cherelle S Jackson
JAWS 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

PINA calls for WPFD Sri Lanka Nominations

World Press Freedom Day celebrations this year will be celebrated in Sri Lanka. UNESCO is organising this year's celebration in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
In association with the Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists' Forum (SLEJF), they have funding for a Pacific journalist to attend this celebration and
cover the celebration for the Pacific media.
We are therefore calling for nominations from PINA members. First preference will be given to paid up members.
SLEJF is covering all the costs. Your organisation will meet your insurance and visa fees.
Please send your nomination by Monday 20th.
Please send nominations to: jawsexec@yahoo.com and copy to the sectretary at samoanwriter@yahoo.com.

PINA calling for Nominations Paris Summit

PINA is currently calling for nominations from JAWS members for the France Oceania Summit in June . Please find the request below.

"The France-Oceania Summit will be held in Paris, France on June 26 this year. Heads of States and govt. members from the Pacific Islands Forum will be attending this summit.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising a program and meetings for some journalists including two from the region.
We are therefore calling for nominations from your organisation for a senior journalist to attend and cover this meeting. All costs will paid by the sponsors. Each journalist will be provided with a guide and an interpreter in Paris."

Note from JAWS: Please forward your nominations to jawsexec@yahoo.com copy to the secretary at samoanwriter@yahoo.com.

JAWS President attends Elections workshop

The President of JAWS Mr Uale Papalii Taimalelagi is currently in Suva attending the 'Fiji Media and Elections Workshop.' The workshop is for Senior Journalists from around the region. The workshop is part of the Democracy and Electoral Studies Programme at the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance. The workshop is in collaboration with the Fiji Electoral Commission/ Elections office, the Communication & Information Sector of the UNESCO office, Apia and the British High Commission in Suva. The workshop begins on March 20th concludng on the 22nd. The Trainers are Sadhana Sen and Jeanette Bolenga.