Success Stories 6 Jul 2017
On June 25, three Pacific-based journalism students Joshua Lafoai, Shivika Mala and Linda Filiai arrived in Auckland to take part in the two-week Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) 2017 Media Programme Internship. PCF has asked the three students to produce an article about their time in New Zealand. Shivika is currently studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva and she reports on the PCF internship …
By Shivika Mala
Two final-year journalism students from the University of the South Pacific (USP) Fiji are currently in Auckland on an exchange programme with Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF).
Shivika Mala and Linda Filiai - have been joined by National University of Samoa (NUS) journalism graduate Joshua Lafoai.
Shivika is the former editor of USP's award-winning student newspaper, and says the past eight days have been productive.
"I am really having fun with working with several media organisations and enhancing my knowledge and skills in journalism," Shivika says.
"It's a wonderful platform to see how New Zealand media works.
“It is great to see how the veterans are helping the three of us in doing what we like to do best and to take the knowledge back home."
Shivika acknowledges PCF for giving her an opportunity to be part of the internship.
“It has been a privilege to be part of Pacific Cooperation Foundation’s 2017 internship where I am able to learn all sorts of things with different newsrooms.
“This includes: writing news stories, editing and learning to edit, working with new soft wares like adobe illustrator, camerawork, reviewing websites and the list continues.”
After completing her internship with PCF, Shivika will head back to Fiji and complete her final year of journalism studies.
Shehopes to become a multimedia journalist because of the advancement of technology and continuing internet era.
Apart from the internship, she had been around sightseeing at places like Devonport, Mission Bay, Kelly Tartons and Sky Tower.
While working with organisations like Pacific Media Network (PMN) andNZME, the intern had work published online and in newspapers.
Last year she won the Fiji Times Award for the Best News reporter while Linda won an award for the Communications Fiji Limited Best Radio Student Award.
She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at USP majoring in journalism and politics.
(Photo caption: Shivika Mala at Auckland Airport with the TVNZ crew, to greet the Emirates Team NZ – winners of the America’s Cup.)