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Environment backs media and communication training in Tonga


Nuku’alofa – March 11, 2019: 10.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Local media and communication officers will join their counterparts from the mainstream media in Tonga over a three day media and communication training workshop in Nuku’alofa from tomorrow (March 12).

The training has been organised by the Department of Environment here in Tonga in partnership with the Pacific Environment Journalists Network (PEJN).

Local media and communication officers from Government and Non Government Organisations have been invited to the training workshop, which will focus on ‘Environment Reporting’.

National Communication and Information Officer for Environment in Tonga Iliesa Tora said the training is part of the Environment Department’s plans to help develop reporting skills of media and communication officers while also providing information on what the department is doing in managing the environment here in Tonga.

Mr Tora said the aim is to have participants learn what the Environment Department is doing and learn about the different programs, while at the same time also help the participants in developing their writing and reporting skills for the different media mediums they use.

“It is a two way training and hopefully by the end of it all we would have helped in some ways to develop skills within the media and communication circle while at the same time also inform them so that they can inform and advise members of the public through their reports,” he said.

Mr Tora is also Chairman of the Pacific Environment Journalists Network – a network of Pacific journalists writing about environment news.

The Tonga branch of the PEJN is helping in co-facilitating the training.

The training will be opened tomorrow morning at 9.40am by the Chief Environmentalist with the Department of Environment, Ms Mafile’o Masi at the Bahai Faith Hall in Kolofo’ou.


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