[Pacific_media_watch] 5368 NZ: Winners named for AUT/PIMA media scholarships

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Title -- 5368 NZ: Winners named for AUT/PIMA media scholarships
Date --  13 March 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source --  AUT Journalism 12/03/08
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AUCKLAND (AUT Journalism/Pacific Media Watch): A prominent South 
Pacific journalist and last year's head girl at St Dominic's College 
have been awarded the annual AUT/PIMA Pasifika Communication 
Scholarships for 2008.

Jason Brown, 42, a Cook Islands journalist and publisher and founding 
editor of the Avaiki news blog, has been awarded a postgraduate 
scholarship and plans to do a masters degree in communication studies, 
and Courtney Brooking, 17, is starting her three-year Bachelor of 
Communication Studies programme.

Both Brown and Brooking were presented with their scholarship 
certificates by the Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) chair 
Aaron Taouma at AUT University's School of Communication Studies 
graduation awards last night.

Brooking's college principal, Carol Coddington, described her as an 
“excellent role model, not only for our Maori and Pasifika students but 
for the whole school community”.

She has acted as kaikaranga for the West Auckland college for the past 
two years and has also been active in netball as player/coach and in 
the school Samoan cultural group.

Brown has an extensive background in South Pacific media, having worked 
at all levels for the past 24 years as a general reporter, regional 
correspondent, publisher and online editor.

In 1996, as publisher of the Cook Islands Press, he and his team were 
jointly awarded (along with the Fiji Times), the Pacific Islands News 
Association (PINA) Freedom of Information Award, for exposing a letters 
of guarantee scam potentially worth NZ$1.6 billion.

He has reported frequently on corruption issues since then.

In 2006, Brown worked on a media mainstreaming internship at the 
Pacific Women's Bureau at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community 
(SPC) at Noumea. New Caledonia. He also contributed in 2004 as a 
researcher for the 14-country AusAID-funded Pacific Media and 
Communication Facility (PMCF) regional review.

Pacific Media Centre director Dr David Robie said the School of 
Communication Studies-funded scholarships had been introduced in 2003 
and 13 people had been assisted by the Pasifika media programme.

“Many have graduated and are now working in the Pasifika or mainstream 
media such as Radio New Zealand and Pacific Radio News,” he said.

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