University honours journalist

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The National, Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MALUM Nalu, The National’s Supplements Editor, is the winner of this year’s Divine Word University and United Nations education, scientific and cultural organisation (Unesco) communication and development award.
The award recognises Nalu’s contribution towards communication and development.
The announcement was made last Friday at the university, which celebrated Media Freedom Day with a variety of activities including speeches, drama, songs and panel discussions.
The theme for this year’s Media Freedom Day is: “PNG media in digital age”.
“Since the emphasis at today’s celebration is on digital media, we would like to especially acknowledge Malum Nalu’s contribution to digital media through his blog site: Malum Nalu blogspot,” Br Michael McManus, the head of the university’s communication arts department, said.
“We believe that there is a greater need than ever for competent professional journalists to provide context and analysis of news for consumers online.”
McManus cautioned journalists to be ethical in what they published online.
He said the lack of balance by many writers would not improve the overall quality of online news content.
Although Nalu was not present to receive the award, he has made a response digitally on his blogspot.
The panel discussion involved the Bismarck Ramu Group, a non-governmental organisation based in Madang.
BRG exploits social media, especially Facebook and YouTube in its advocacy and campaigns.
Former health reporter with The National Elizabeth Miae challenged journalism students to use the digital media responsibly.
“Digital media, particularly the use of internet is becoming increasingly common. It’s another step further in keeping the global community on par with what is happening,” she said.
“We must always be reminded that the freedom of using and uploading information on the new media must come with responsibility.
“Remember your code of ethics. Be diligent with the packaging and distribution of news items in this digital age.”