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Fiji Student Tops USP Journalism Awards

Fiji Student Tops USP Journalism Awards

SUVA (Wansolwara Online/Pacific Media Watch): Final-year Fiji student Naziah Ali has collected four prizes at the annual University of the South Pacific student journalism awards.

Ali took the Tanoa Award for the journalism student of the year and the All Media Achievement award for outstanding contribution across all three mediums print, online and broadcast.

She won two other awards jointly Best TV Journalism award with Nauruan student Joanna Olsson and the Best Feature Story prize with Solomon Islander Joy Angi.

The USP journalism awards were held in conjunction with the Journalism Education Association¹s (JEA) 2004 conference and Ossie Awards in Suva last week.

Among the guests were JEA members from Australia, New Zealand and the region, local journalists, former and current USP journalism students, industry representatives, media editors and USP academic staff.

The Fiji Times Most Promising First Year Student award went to Shazia Usman of Fiji.

According to her citation, Usman showed the hallmarks of a good journalist by diligently meeting deadlines and contributing quality news stories to the programme¹s training newspaper, Wansolwara, and news website, Wansolwara Online.

The Radio Australia Prize and Storyboard Award for Outstanding Regional Journalism that normally goes to a graduating individual from the region had no qualifiers this year.

The Storyboard Award, a carving from Papua New Guinea, was donated by former USP journalism coordinator David Robie and his wife Del. The first winner was Maire Bopp of Tahiti in the inaugural USP journalism awards in 1999.

The Review/ USP Journalism gold medal award will be presented during the USP-wide gold medal awards graduation ceremony in April. The graduating journalism gold medalist will receive $500, courtesy of the Review Group.

Full list of winners:

Newsroom Tanoa Award for journalism student of the year: Naziah Ali (Fiji)

Fiji Times Award for most promising first year student: Shazia Usman (Fiji)

Excellence Fiji Ltd Prize for best in-depth report: Saeni Makareta (Samoa)

Islands Business International Prize for best feature: Naziah Ali (Fiji)/Joy Angi (Solomon Is)

School of Humanities Prize for the best editor: Sarika (Fiji)

Communications Fiji Ltd Prize for the best radio Story: Angeline Lal (Fiji)

Fiji Television Prize for the best TV journalism student: Naziah Ali (Fiji)/Joanna Olsson (Nauru)

The Fiji Sun All Media Achievement Award: Naziah Ali (Fiji)

French Embassy Prize for Regional Journalism: JN301 class of 2004



PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media based in Sydney, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG), the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Community Communications Online (c2o).

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