ABOUT 15 journalists from around the region are undertaking a workshop to boost their skills in business and economics reporting in Apia, Samoa.
The participants came from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Tonga, Solomon Islands and Samoa.
Jemima Garret from the Australian news network is facilitating the training starting yesterday at the National University of Samoa campus.
The three-day training will end tomorrow.
The training which is being organised and funded under the Pacific Assistance Media Scheme (PACMAS) covered areas of finding excellent economic business reporting, demystifying reports economic indicators and forecasting, how to write and explain the national budget to the readers, tips for investigating reporting and corruption, reporting on personal finance and small businesses and how to develop business story ideas.
Most of the participants at the start of the training expressed excitement in joining the training which is being organised for the first time by PACMAS.
Some of them said attending the training would increase their knowledge and skills on how to write good business stories.
Gregory Moses from Papua New Guinea (PNG) said the training will help him to better understand topics related to stock exchange in his country and the national budget.
Most of the participants will fly out of Apia Saturday morning for Nadi before returning to their respective countries.
Solomon Islands is being represented by this writer (Solomon Star) and Gary Hatigeva of Island Sun.
By MOFFAT MAMU
In Apia, SAMOA