JEMIMAH SUKBAT | Loop PNG/Pacific Media Watch | Edited
MADANG - A staff member of Divine Word University, Dr Kevin Pamba, who has written for PNG Attitude (read one of his articles here) has become first Papua New Guinean journalist to be awarded a doctorate degree.
Dr Pamba’s thesis was on communicating with indigenous landowners around the LNG project in Hela Province, an area badly affected by the earthquake two weeks ago.
He said that among his research findings was that the government is "not present" in Hela, especially the Department of Petroleum and Energy.
In terms of communication with the landowners, getting the message across was barely working, he said.
Dr Pamba, from Ialibu in the Southern Highlands, completed his bachelors' degree in journalism at the University of Papua New Guinea.
“I am lost for words, I didn’t know [I was the first journalism PhD] until it was announced today,” Dr Pamba said when asked how he felt to be the first Papua New Guinean journalist to earn a PhD.
“I am proud, especially for the profession of journalism.”
Dr Pamba also holds a master’s degree in international communication from Macquarie University in Sydney as well as a UPNG journalism degree.
After attaining his UPNG qualification, he worked as a reporter with The National newspaper before winning a scholarship to study at Macquarie University.
In 2000, he was recruited by DWU as a lecturer with the communications arts department. He has been with the university since then.
Currently he is the director of the university’s Community Information Centre.
It took six years for Dr Pamba to complete his PhD, being a part-time student. He said it was a lonely journey but he had persevered.