The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan hosted a speaker program and workshop on September 13 and 14, 2017, for local media and media students on Responsible Journalism with U.S. speaker, Dr. Deni Elliot. The two-day workshop was held at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the Radisson Hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Dr. Elliot is the Department Chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. On the first day of her program, Dr. Elliot spoke to Professional Communication and Media students on journalism standards, and moderated a panel session discussing ‘Media Ethics’ with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) faculty.
During the media workshop, Dr. Elliott spoke on ‘Journalism Standards and Practices,’ the ‘Paradigm Shift of Analog to Digital,’ and ‘Utilizing Citizen Voices’ to an audience of reporters and editors from local multimedia publications, as well as local bloggers and writers. The program included real-world examples as case studies, and a group discussion.
Welcoming Dr. Elliot to Brunei, U.S. Ambassador Craig B. Allen said, “On behalf of the U.S. Embassy here in Brunei Darussalam, we are honored to have Dr. Deni Elliott here to share her expert opinion on media trends and standards, and to have her experience the media culture in Brunei. We look forward to further engaging with the growing local media industry through this professional workshop.”
Through the U.S. Speaker Program, Americans of various professional backgrounds travel to foreign countries to meet with foreign publics and offer lectures, workshops, and seminars to discuss American policies, society, and culture.