Inspiring the minds of future writers, Jarrod Stackelroth, Adventist Registry editor, took time out of his busy schedule to teach students at Fulton Adventist University College, Sabeto, Fiji, August 29-30, using interactive discussions, writing activities, and presentations Power point.
Students in theology, education, and business departments learned how to improve their writing skills, write newsworthy articles, and the positive power of sharing their personal stories.
“People are 22 times more likely to remember a story than facts,” Stackelroth said.
The initiative was organized by the university’s theology department, Drs. Limoni Manu o’Uiha and Ronald Stone (head of department), and their team; other students were also invited.
Dr. Tabua Tuima, professor of theology, said: “I always wanted to take a journalism course, and today I got all the basic information I needed to start writing!
Workshops included “How to Write News and Improve Writing Skills”, “Digital Ministry Fundamentals and How to Create Content and Identify Your Audience” and “The Power of Story”.
The goal of the two-day event was to encourage Pacific theology teachers and future pastors to consider writing and contributing to Adventist publications, so there is more representation in a division where 80 % of members are from the Pacific.
“Since students from other disciplines were able to attend, we hope we can also get news and information about what God is doing in local schools and churches throughout the region,” Stackelroth said.
“Today’s experience was very instructive. I now have a better knowledge of what it is to be a journalist,” said Lepani Dakai, student president of the Ministerial League.
Viliami, a theology student, explained how easy it was “to use the media to our advantage to proclaim the good news.”
The Wednesday morning chapel program was also led by Stackelroth and focused on the importance of including testimonies in sharing one’s faith.