Rudi (right) in a discussion with Siti and Malia (left) after the meeting.

KUCHING: Tribune Press Sdn Bhd and SV News Sdn Bhd would engage with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) on collaborative journalism projects.

Under the proposed collaboration, Unimas would be sending selected communications students to do their industrial training at either New Sarawak Tribune (NST) or its sister paper Suara Sarawak (SS).

The collaboration is aimed at further elevating professionalism in the local journalism field.

NST and SS chief executive officer Dr Jeniri Amir, during a coordination meeting on the collaborative journalism project, said it would be a win-win situation for all parties concerned.

“It would be beneficial to Unimas, NST, SS and the selected Unimas students. It would be a good opportunity for the students to gain real exposure of journalism and at the same time to apply what they’ve learnt into actual practice.”

At the meeting, Unimas was represented by its deputy dean (Language and Communications) Malia Taibi, Faculty of Social Sciences communication studies programme coordinator Dr Siti Zanariah Ahmad Ishak and Faculty of Language and Communications programme coordinator Khadijah Mohamad Tuah.

Jeniri, who is also the executive editorial advisor for both NST and SS, gave assurance that, as far as journalism is concerned, the collaboration would be beneficial to the participating students.

Also present were NST and SS chief operations officer (Editorial) Rudi Affendi Khalik, NST executive editor M Rajah, SS deputy executive editor Awang Rosli Awang Jaya, SV senior news editor Rohana Wahed, NST news editor Aden Nagrace, ST online editor Dorge Rajah and SS chief reporter Fenny Silong.

Tribune Press is the publisher of NST while SV News publishes SS.