Samoa Beat

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The Media and Journalism class of the National University of Samoa were in Savaii for their four day field trip away from the Island.

The study tour has been an annual trip since 2009 and is now on its 10th year, since the programme started writing news and documentaries on stories discovered in the Island.

The tour as per curriculum is an exposure trip to a place that holds great historical importance.

The core objective was to give the students the opportunity to put all their theoretical, classroom knowledge into practice.

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With this, students have sharpened their skills in sourcing/new gathering, interviewing, writing and ultimately creating untold stories that are both accurate and engaging.

This has also been a great opportunity for capacity building, networking and career building - specialising in areas of culture reporting and investigative journalism, among others.

The current Diploma Media and Journalism students who are on the field trip in an interview shared on how the trip has impacted him as first year student:

“This is my first time on the field trip and it’s a really good way of learning outside of the classrooms. This kind of tour helps students like me to understand more on how to become a ready journalist for the newsrooms,” first year student Fiti Ale said.

“We benefit a lot from this trip as it gives us more idea and knowledge on how we do our work as journalist and also helps prepare us for the future.”

“I got to learn a lot, I gained a lot of confidence for interviewing people and improve my skills for my dream journalism job,” he added.

For this years field trip, the students a have written different stories, from various angles from the chosen study areas; the Salelologa projects, the Falealupo Canopy Walk and Rainforest reserve.