Adventist Record editor, Jarrod Stackelroth, spent two days at Fulton, empowering students to write and share stories. [Credit - Adventist Record]
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Inspiring the minds of future writers, Jarrod Stackelroth, Adventist Record editor, took time out of his busy schedule to teach the students at Fulton Adventist University College, in Sabeto, Fiji, on August 29–30, using interactive discussions, writing activities, and PowerPoint presentations.

Students of the theology, education, and business departments learned how to improve their writing skills, write newsworthy articles, and the positive power of sharing one’s personal story.

“People are 22 times more likely to remember a story than facts,” shared Stackelroth.

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.

Jarrod Stackelroth and Fulton students who attended the workshop. [Credit - Adventist Record]

Jarrod Stackelroth and Fulton students who attended the workshop. [Credit - Adventist Record]

Dr. Tabua Tuima, a theology lecturer, said, “I’ve always wanted to sit in a journalism class, 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 lecturers and future pastors to consider writing and contributing to Adventist publications, so there is more representation in a division where 80 percent of the membership comes from the Pacific. 

“Since students from other disciplines were able to attend, we hope that we can also get news and information about what God is doing in schools and local churches right through the region,” said Stackelroth.

“Today’s experience was very informative. I now have a better knowledge of what it feels like to be a journalist,” said Lepani Dakai, Ministerial League student president.

Viliami, a theology student, expressed how easy it was to “use media to our advantage to proclaim the good news.”

The Wednesday morning chapel program was also conducted by Stackelroth and focused on the importance of including testimonies in sharing one’s faith.