Media professionals from Fiji were in St. Louis in mid-December to learn about the rights and responsibilities of a free press, part of a program developed by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.
The visitors include the Deputy Managing Editor of the Fiji Sun; a journalist/news presenter for Communications Fiji Limited; a teaching assistant from the Journalism School at the Universityof the South Pacific; the Desk Editor for the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation; a senior journalist for The Fiji Times; and multimedia journalist for Fiji TV.
During the three-day program organized by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis, the group met with legal experts, journalists and educators:
- Mark Sableman, a partner at Thompson Coburn, who helps news media clients gather and publish news, and business clientsbuild their brands, and fight infringement and false advertising.
- From the St. Louis American Newspaper, they met with Editorial Director Chris King
- From St. Louis University, they met Dr. Dan Kozlowski, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator for St. Louis University’s Department of Communications.
- From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the group met with reporter Robert Patrick and photojournalist David Carson, who discussed the responsibilities of journalists and their experience covering major news events in St. Louis.
- From Webster University, they met Larry Baden, Associate Professor and Program Facilitator – Media Law and Ethics
The visit is part of the International Visitors Leadership Program, overseen by the U.S. State Department. In 2018, the World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosted more the 150 visitors and provided an economic impact to the region of $453,719.