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Monday, May 21, 2007

PINA Convention and workshops start in Honiara today

The official opening of training workshops by the Pacific Islands New Association (PINA) will take place in Honiara today.

The workshops to be attended mostly by local journalists and other media workers in the country are part of the Pacific Islands News Association three-day convention which starts on Saturday.

Associate members of PINA from overseas countries in the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand have already arrived in Honiara during the weekend.

The international convention is being jointly sponsored by PINA and the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI).

The five separate workshops prior to the convention will cover various fields and areas of journalism discipline and discrimination of information as important aspects of development.

Meanwhile, a regional workshop bringing journalists from ten Pacific Island nations to the Solomon Islands this month will focus on building a new Pacific media and health partnership.

The initiative, aimed at setting up short and long-term support for better communication of health issues in the region, is being organized by the Noumea-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community through its Public Health Programme.

SPC has previously hosted regional media training courses focusing on reproductive health issues around HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through its Adolescent Health and Development Section and its Regional Media Centre, in Suva.

Program Coordinator Nicole Gooch says the new focus on encouraging Pacific newsrooms to also strengthen their approach to other areas of health reporting is much needed.

Ms Gooch, HIV and STI Communications Officer for SPC, is working with the Pacific Islands News Association, PINA, to run the workshop titled 'Building bridges for better health communication'.

The three day event will be led by Pacific media trainer Lisa Williams-Lahari and local counterpart George Herming of the Government Communications Unit in the Solomon Islands.

Source: SIBC

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