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Fiji: New Free Online Resource For Journalists

New online resource for journalists

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has just launched "The NEWS manual" a new free online resource for journalists and journalism students.

In a statement, the Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts, Youth and Sports Mr Filipe Bole said the manual is written in clear, concise English and the book helped to inform a generation of young and mid-career journalists studying and working across the Pacific.

"The News Manual was originally released in 3 Volumes in 1991 with support from UNESCO and is now entirely available online," Mr Bole said.

He said now its 700 pages have been revised, updated and placed online as 72 fully indexed chapters covering basic skills, advanced reporting and ethics and the law.

"There is a wealth of practical advice on how to perform most journalism tasks, from writing an introduction to investigative reporting," the Education Minister said.

According to Mr Bole The News Manual online now also provides an ever- expanding interactive resource with exercises, topical discussions and a growing list of links to 100 plus professional sites around the world.

"It also including your organization. You might also want to provide a link to it from your own website."

He said because the site itself will continue to be a work-in-progress, UNESCO would appreciate any feedbacksthrough the Contact Us page at www.thenewsmanual.net.

Meanwhile, Mr Bole has highlighted that UNESCO enables Fiji to promote and share values and good practices internationally and Fiji benefits from the exchange of information, ideas and skills development.

"The organization is also committed to assisting Member States in capacity-building, training and fellowship schemes, as a means for attaining sustainable human development and for fostering international understanding and a culture of peace," he said.

The Education Minister said UNESCO"s major objective is to contribute to peace and security throughout the world by promoting and collaborating among nations in the areas of education, the sciences, culture & communication.

He added that such collaboration is intended to:

* share ideas, information and skills, and build expertise

* establish and administer standards and good practice

* develop strategies to cope with a changing world

ENDS

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