Monday, March 30, 2009

JAWS to sponsor top student Journalism Award

APIA (February) - The Journalists Association of [Western] Samoa responded to a request by the Journalism School at the National University of Samoa to sponsor the top Journalism student award for the Faculty from this year onwards.
“Ours is the only school without a sponsor for the top prize,” Journalism Lecturer Misa Vicky Lepou told JAWS.
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association, the members agreed that the top Journalism prize was a worthy investment by JAWS.
“If we have to invest in one cause, this would be the one, as this is after all the future of Journalism in Samoa,” says Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Secretary of JAWS.
Since it was established in 2002 the Journalism school has been successfully staffing media organisations in Samoa.
However members of JAWS did express a disappointment in the quality of some students coming out of the course and expressed a concern at the lack of active participation by the Industry Advisory Panel in the course.
There was a unanimous decision by the members of JAWS to sponsor a specially marked trophy for the top student of the course for this year, and pending approval for every year from now on.