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Journalism at USP: A thirty-year journey

The heading on the book chapter on University of the South Pacific's 50-year history.

Shailendra Singh

Friday, February 22, 2019

Singh, Shailendra (2018). Journalism at USP: A Thirty-Year History. In Leckie, Jacqueline (editor), A University for the Pacific, 50 Years of USP (pp. 201-203). Suva: University of the South Pacific, 240 pp. ISBN 978-982-98199-1-8.


The University of the South Pacific’s 50th anniversary marks 30 years of existence for its regional journalism programme. In an eventful journey, the programme weathered military coups, overcame financial hardships and shrugged off academic snobbery to get this far. The programme started in Suva in 1988, with Commonwealth funding, and a handful of students to its name. It has produced over 200 graduates serving the Pacific and beyond in various media and communication roles. USP journalism graduates have produced award-winning journalism, started their own media companies and localised various positions at regional organisations once reserved for expatriates.

See also Robie, D. (2004). Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education. Suva: University of the South Pacific Book Centre.

About the author

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Shailendra Singh

PMC Research Associate

Dr Shailendra Singh is senior lecturer and coordinator of journalism at the University of the South Pacific in Suva.