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18 April 2000

To Whom It May Concern,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Nisar Keshvani, who has successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Master of Arts (Research) at Queensland University of Technology.

Nisar has contributed significantly to the School of Media and Journalism's programs during his two and a half years with us. Nisar is a self-motivated, industrious and pleasant journalism educator who is well-liked by his colleagues, peers and students.

In 1998, Nisar coordinated the production of Communique Online, the Schools flagship online newspaper as his final-year undergraduate project. His editorship resulted in two awards - the 1998 Ozzie Award for Best Occasional Student Publication (any medium) and the inaugural Dr Charles Stuart Prize for Best Occasional Student Publication (any medium). Our paper beat many other universities throughout Australia and New Zealand to clinch the award from the Journalism Education Association of Australia.

Since then, Nisar has tutored 1st - 3rd year undergraduate students and become our resident webmaster. He took over as Managing Editor of Communique Online in 1999 and successfully pioneered and implemented an online component for one of our units, MJB303 News Production. He formalised its structure bringing students through the online news gathering/production process. He developed essential hardware/software support and introduced students to important Computer-Assisted Reporting concepts, web design and essential Internet skills.

A number of his students with no prior Internet knowledge, are now online journalists with local and foreign electronic publications. He also tutored students in MJB101 Journalism Information Systems (an introductory unit to technology for journalists) and MJB239 Journalism Ethics and Issues.



Nisar has contributed significantly to the School of Media and Journalism's programs during his two and a half years with us. He is a self-motivated, industrious and pleasant journalism educator who is well-liked by his colleagues, peers and students.
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Nisar particularly impressed me when he single-handedly designed and produced the Public Journalism Project website within a very short time frame. Public Journalism is a prestigious project funded by the Australian Research Council in alliance with QUT, The Courier-Mail, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland. During this period Public Journalism was awarded the Print Media Peace prize by the United Nations Association of Australia in 1998 and 1999.



His editorship resulted in two awards - the 1998 Ozzie Award for Best Occasional Student Publication (any medium) and the inaugural Dr Charles Stuart Prize for Best Occasional Student Publication (any medium).



Other websites Nisar has developed and maintained include the School of Media & Journalism website, the Centre for Media Policy & Practice and QUT’s Digital Media Programme sites.

Nisar's Masters research examined the Internet's impact on journalists and their changing work practices in the new media environment and delivered fresh insight on the integrated or online newsroom. He is disseminating his findings through a series of conference papers, presentations and publications and in so doing, will make a valuable contribution to the journalism practice, news organisations and the future of journalism education.

He is currently working as a researcher with colleagues to introduce international material into our units and arrange overseas industrial placements, with the aim of exposing students to international issues. They would then be suited to practising journalism worldwide with the long-term goal of restructuring QUT's journalism course.

Nisar is a self-driven, motivated and outstanding individual who excels under pressure. It has been a pleasure having Nisar with us and I have absolutely no reservation in recommending him as a valuable asset to prospective employers. I wish him every success in his future research and career. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you require further information.

Yours sincerely

Stuart Cunningham (Professor)
Head, School of Media and Journalism


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