Reportages des étudiants sur la communauté LGBT

Dans le cadre du module ‘Digital Journalism’, nos étudiants de 3e année ont produit de nouveaux reportages sur la communauté LGBT:

Pour rappel, leurs premiers reportages étaient consacrés à la sécurité routière à Maurice.

L’idée de ce module est d’encourager les étudiants à réaliser des reportages grand format qui combinent utilisation de données (data journalism) avec le multimedia (texte, photos, graphiques, audio et vidéo).

Conference and round table on fact-checking in journalism


In the context of World Press Freedom Day #WPFD2016, Peter Cunliffe-Jones, Executive Director of Africa Check, a project of the AFP Foundation, will give a Skype conference on fact-checking, followed by a round table with representatives of Mauritian media houses.

To date, the following have confirmed participation as panelists in the round table:

  • Shanda Moorghen (Weekly) for La Sentinelle Ltd
  • Abdoollah Earally (Radio Plus) for Le Défi Media Group
  • Ashna Nuckchedy for Radio One
  • Selvina Chadien-Sungeelee for MBC
  • Kris Kaunhye or Jimmy Jean-Louis for TopFM

The conference by Peter Cunliffe-Jones will take up the first half hour. Then, the round table should last around one hour.

During the round table, it is being proposed that panelists each have 5-10 minutes to address the audience on the theme of fact-checking. This will be followed by Q&A interactions with the audience.

Below is a list of suggested topics for the round table:

  • Views on fact-checking in journalism in Mauritius
  • Fact-checking policies, tools and methods used in local newsrooms
  • Balancing urgency, practicality and good practice (constraints faced and how to overcome these)

Panelists and members of the audience are free to communicate in either English, French or Creole.

The event is open and free. Aspiring and professional journalists are invited to attend as well as members of the public.

Prior to the event, questions and comments can be sent to or by using the hashtag #WPFD2016 @christinameetoo on Twitter.

Conférence de Dominique Wolton à l’UOM

Le Media Trust et la Commission Océan Indien (COI), en collaboration avec l’UOM, vous invitent à une conférence de Dominique Wolton sur le thème “Communication, démocratie et stabilité politique” le mercredi 27 avril à 14:30 à l’Université de Maurice, Lecture Theatre 1.

Dominique Wolton est directeur de recherche au CNRS – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, en sciences de la communication, spécialiste des médias, et de l’espace public, de la communication politique et des rapports entre sciences, techniques et société.

Forum: L’avenir de la publicité. Comment s’adapter aux difficultés?



Le Media Trust, en collaboration avec l’Université de Maurice, organisera son quatrième forum, sur le thème “L’avenir de la publicité. Comment s’adapter aux difficultés?”

  • Date: jeudi 31 mars
  • Heure: 14:45
  • Lieu: Université de Maurice (Salle G2 – New Academic Complex)

Les intervenants sont comme suit:

  • Cyril Palan, Directeur de Logos, qui parlera de la baisse de la publicité dans les médias et en examinera les grandes tendances.
  • Denis Ithier, Directeur Général de La Sentinelle, qui analysera les difficultés éventuelles des médias face à la baisse des publicités dans les supports presse.
  • Pria Thacoor, Directrice de PnP Link, qui examinera la migration de la publicité vers Internet et les menaces pour les supports traditionnels tels que la presse papier et radio.
  • Joel Toussaint, Directeur de Neologik et de Proverbio, qui parlera des critères utilisés pour l’achat d’espace pour la publicité incluant la ligne éditoriale.
  • Vino Sookloll, Directeur de Cread, qui proposera des pistes de réflexions pour faire face aux difficultés suite à la baisse de la publicité.

Je serai la modératrice de ce forum.

Pour ceux que ce sujet intéresse, vous pouvez me faire parvenir vos questions sur Twitter ou Facebook. Merci d’être concis, pertinent et courtois.

Veuillez utiliser le hashtag #ForumPubMaurice.

Students assignments for Digital Journalism

This year in my Digital Journalism module, I am trying to introduce data journalism combined with multimedia reporting. Below are the submissions from the three teams for the first assignment. The students had chosen to study road safety in Mauritius. The latest data which they could use from Statistics Mauritius was up to June 2015.

Students were expected to come up with a longform piece which combined text, photos, charts and graphs, audio and video. They were encouraged to adopt innovative approaches to sourcing, data processing and reporting. They were also expected to cover some key points such as trends in number of vehicles registered, number of accidents, road infrastructure (for example, new roads built compared to the increase in number of vehicles, maintenance of roads, road indications, etc.), preventive measures (radars, police check), laws and regulations inter alia.

I found the students eager to do interviews, especially on video and some were good at finding personal stories to illustrate the topic.  The data processing part seemed the most difficult for them as they were pretty scared of numbers at first (this seems to be a big issue with our youngsters and our population at large). Hopefully, their next assignments should provide them with more experience and make them more nimble and more logic-oriented.

Short films made by my students in Dec 2015

students-films2015Here are the five short films made by my Journalism and Communication students for my “Aspects of Film Studies” elective module at the end of last semester.

For all of them, this was the first time that they were making a fiction film and the process was hard as we had limited means and time for doing so. Each group had to do everything by themselves (idea, script, storyboard, acting, directing, filming and editing).

Nonetheless, I am quite happy with what they have produced. There are some very good ideas and causes, some ingenuity to overcome the constraints of limited time and limited facilities. Obviously, there are also some weaknesses such as length, acting, lack of realism, etc., which is a normal part of learning.

Please feel free to share and comment, bearing in mind that this is, for all of them, a very first student film!