Saturday, July 22, 2006

Successful JAWS Seminar on Environment

The Samoan media turned up in full force to the first JAWS Seminar this year held at the Treasure Garden Conference Room.
Journalists, Editors and various newsworkers participated in the 1 hour Seminar on Environmental Reporting by Dr. Jaap Jaspers, current Editor and Publications officer for SPREP. He spoke on the need for better coverage of Environment issues in the region. Dr. Jasperse whose experience in the field of Environment reporting includes an Editor position in the Science Journal expressed the need for accuracy in Environmental Reporting. Dr. Jasperse suggested that "cross cutting" issues was not the best way to report on Environment Issues. "Think of a mat, the weaving and use that in reporting these issues." According to him seeing the bigger picture in one Environment Issue will create a better and more holistic understanding of the Environment. "Your audience needs to see where this issue stands in the whole scale of things."
Dr. Jasperse concluded his presentation with a brief look at some of the issues facing Samoa, including Climate Change. This prompted some interesting questions and remarks from the Journalists who requested more information on the issue.
The Seminar proved very successful in the end as an interest was stirred in the participants who had not considered the Environment as worthwhile news.
Dr. Jasperse was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a tanoa from JAWS for his contribution to the training of Journalists in Samoa. The seminar concluded with a lunch provided by JAWS for the participants and short networking session amongst members.

Acknowledgement: JAWS would like to thank all members and non-members for participating in the Seminar, and encourage all Media workers to participate in future Seminars and Trainings.

Findings of JAWS Seminar Questionaire

On the question of the importance of Environment Reporting, participants answered.
Not important 0
Only when there is no other news 0
Important 44%
Extremely Important 56%

Would they report more on Environment after the right training.
Yes 99%
No 0
Maybe 1%

Please check back for more information on this questionairre.