Strengthening Media Resilience Training 2022

In September 2022, Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) will be hosting this year’s virtual Strengthening Media Resilience (SMR) training programme over 4 days. The training sessions will be led by various subject matter experts, attended by over media operators from twenty-five broadcasting stations across the Pacific.

This year’s training builds upon previous programmes hosted by PCBL including journalism training led by Barbara Dreaver and Lee Taylor in 2020 and 2021; production equipment provision and training in 2021; and the annual in-person media exchange programmes held prior to border closures.

The programme will be held on the 21st, 22nd, 29th and 30th of September 2022. Topics covered were drawn from feedback given by our broadcasting partners and are:

  • Pacific Storytelling – planning, shooting, and editing.
  • Review of the successful Pasifika On Air programme
  • News reporting and scripting
  • How to develop and utilise social media
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Technical training on the use of the PACHUB Live U network

PCBL’s CEO, Natasha Meleisea, says they aim to be responsive to the needs of Pacific broadcasters in their network to remain relevant, achieving this through offering training, equipment, and opportunities.

“Our SMR training programme focuses on building capabilities in the key areas prioritised by the collective. We are always looking at ways on how we could best advocate for Pacific broadcasters.”

Joe Faga, an industry freelancer, will be leading the Pacific Storytelling session and says, “I see the training as a huge value … especially considering the broadcasting experience of the other trainers that have been invited to speak.”

He hopes to inspire and remind the participants about the importance and significance of storytelling in the Pacific community. “Story telling is in our DNA,” says Joe, “Pasifika stories can be told by our own people in our own unique way.”