Training and networking

Participants :

  1. BOUIT Yohann – OFC – New Zealand
  2. CLARK Kenneth – Fiji TV/EMTV – Fiji
  3. GREEN Murray – ABC Australia – Australia
  4. HUC Olivier – TNTV/OFC – French Polynesia
  5. MAAMAATUAIAHUTAPU Mateata – TNTV – French Polynesia
  6. Marango Tom Lorry – SRTV – Vanuatu
  7. MATENGA Jeane – CITV – Cook Islands
  8. MAXWELL Paora – TVNZ – New Zealand
  9. PATEL Tarun – Fiji TV – Fiji
  10. ROUX Thomas – NC2011 – New Caledonia
  11. TEREKINO Vaireka – CITV – Cook Islands
  12. THOMAS Verona – University of Goroka – Papua New Guinea
  13. VUROBARAVU Fred – SRTV – Vanuatu

Staff :

BROWNHALL Eric (interpreter), KOLLER Eliane (secretary), MULLER Guy (moderator), PASDELOU Clare (interpreter)

The OFC, represented by Yohann Bouit and his TNTV collaborator Olivier Huc, presented their new online project:

– The idea is to create a multimedia platform for marketing, promotion, communication and television programms, to which the whole pacific region has an access. They are hoping to show content – human interest and events, that do not necessarily concern football.

– The people in charge of this content are ‚media officers’ – locals from collaborating countries (so far there is 14 countries involved), who will be trained by the OFC in media management – be it camera work, postproduction, creation of reports and schooling of staff.

– These media officers can also organise ‚fan fests’ around events at places, where people have no access to the internet. This is to provide content, but also to highlight awareness on health and other important social issues.

– OFC is looking for media partnerships – for support in training their media officers, for broadcasting their content, in order for it to reach an audience that might not have the necessary internet access.

– One successfully established partnership is that with TNTV, Tahiti. Here they are training two new media officers from Amercian Samoa and Tonga, and two others will be joining the programme by the end of this year.

– They don’t just want to create an intra-pacific platform, but also connect pacific countries and pacific content.

– The site will be launched in January 2011. they are hoping to develope people and skills. And to create jobs.

Question: What will the editorial line be? How much football will there be?

OFC: There will be no football matches shown. The accent is on human interest and social events. If the one or other story is about someone involved with football, that’s ok.

Question to TV representatives: Is this a content that might interest you? Can you imagine prolonging its life by broadcasting it?

Ken Clark, Fiji Tv:

First time they hear about this. Can’t give a concrete answer. So far they have no official relationship with the OFC but it could be considered. Internet is the future for television.

– OFC repeats that they are offering content to local tv stations, but not asking them to produce any content for them. Content is only accepted from media-partners. And those partnerships need to be stablished.

Paora Maxwell, TVNZ: They already have a partnership with the OFC.

OFC: Another aspect: for big games, all the media officers from the different countries can be brought together to film with several cameras and teams. There is a workshop created for that in New Caledonia, ‚Win in oceania’.

– The FIFA provides means to get material and equipment. That way they can edit short sequences for Fenua foot, or Vanua-foot, programms created by tv partners. Thoser programms are trying to reach as many people as possible, by all possible means such as facebook etc.

OFC is presenting the two TNTV trainees: Tia from Tonga and Brian from American Samoa.  They will be media officers in their federations after there training, which starts with 3 weeks at TNTV Tahiti. Essential in this training programm is that every media offiicer will later be working in their own language. So content can be produced in all possible languages of the pacific.

– So far there are 13 countries /federations involved in this training programme.

– Cook island tv, for example. They signed a contract last year. Now there is a local media officer in training at the OFC, that will join the Cook islands in due time. Last year they produced 10 shows with the help of the OFC and the have provided copies of those shows for the OFC, to use on their internet tv, for example.

Question: What kind of journalism is the OFC attempting to promote?

OFC: Objective is to develope football around the pacific. But it is important for them to treat every subject objectively. Each media officer is expected to give their personal point of view.

Question: Isn’t it better to train someone directly from the local tv stations? And how are your distributing plans for your content? Will be be able to see what happens in the Vanuatus, eg? How about life coverage of events?

OFC: Objective is to gather media officers on site to provide a mullti-cam shoot. Then this product can be offered to the broadcasters.

On a local level it will stay a one team shoot, an extra little service. The content should be made available via the broadcasters – we are planning to distribute to all local tv stations.

OFC: We need feedback from the broadcasters. We hope to be teaching our officers the correct ethics and that their content will be credible. But that’s why we are communicating this here – we are looking for partnerships and advice.

– Yohann is responsable of checking all the reports and the editorial line. And the involved broadcasters will have their say to it too.

Question: How about the new generation? They will want to share their content on your site. Is anything planned for them? How about for the mobile phone?

OFC: Mobile phones can already receive our content.

For next year: we could think about these new statutes: Media officers, allrounders – are they journalists? Or just reporters? Think about benefits and risks of this new situation. How can we preserve journalistic integrity?