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PCF intern Elizabeth Osifelo shares her story

News 6 Jul 2018

“I am a student at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji studying a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in Human Resource Development and Journalism. Originally from the Solomon Islands, my media experience began when I was a radio presenter at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC).

My role at SIBC was initially part-time, but it eventually led to full-time employment. From there I produced short radio programs, accompanied journalists to events and spent most of the time in the newsroom writing my own stories. My years at SIBC introduced me to my passion for the media industry. It has stuck with me ever since.

I have also worked in the Ministry of Women, Youths, Children and Family Affairs in my homeland as the Media and Communications Officer, writing press releases and raising awareness of the campaigns initiated by the ministry. The experience I gained in the media gave me the drive to return to studying and further my theoretical knowledge of the industry.

The journalism programme at USP in Fiji has broadened my career prospects, as I regularly write for the student newspaper, Wansolwara. The publication does not restrict us to just cover what’s happening in Fiji. We go in-depth on real issues that affect the Pacific region. A media-related challenge in Pacific region is technology. The media industry has to adopt and adjust to innovative ways in order to continue its role.

For me, good journalism is balanced, accurate and ethical. It shapes decision-making and, above all, holds government leaders accountable for their actions. It brings to light issues and a platform for those who are voiceless.

I heard about the PCF Media Internship Programme through other journalism students who participated in previous years. Hearing about their positive experiences gave me the courage to apply. I’ve always been curious about how the media industry operates in New Zealand, so I was very pleased when I was selected.

My experience has been life-changing. I’ve especially enjoyed the talanoa sessions with other journalists who shared their insights on regional issues and the stories that have moved them. All of them are motivating. I highly recommend the internship to other journalism students in the Pacific or New Zealand. The programme has enabled me to see things in a new perspective. Thank you to Pacific Cooperation Foundation for selecting me to take up this opportunity.

NOTE:

During the intern’s placement at Radio New Zealand (RNZ), Elizabeth produced a news package on the Melanesian Arts Festival hosted by the Solomon Islands which went to air on Dateline Pacific, listen here.