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Salote Qalubau – PCF intern statement

News 20 Jul 2018

"I’m a student at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism and Psychology. From a young age I was drawn to journalism from watching TV presenters. I remember thinking I wanted to do that sort of work, too, so throughout high school and university, I only took subjects relevant to media and journalism.

After attaining my certificate in media and journalism at the Fiji National University, I worked for The Jet newspaper, Fiji’s first community paper. I realised my niche was in print journalism.

When I started at Fiji Sun newspaper, I was taken right out of my comfort zone. All the good and tough times were learning opportunities, especially working alongside some of Fiji’s veteran journalists. I covered many stories, but the challenging areas were always crime or politics. Given the political climate in Fiji, media freedom is often a sensitive subject.

After spending almost two years at Fiji Sun, I returned to studying and chose USP because I knew the journalism programme would have regional opportunities and help develop my reporting skills. When the applications came out for PCF’s Media Internship Programme, it was my chance to get a feel of the international reporting arena and I knew I was going up against some of the Pacific’s best budding journalists.

I enjoyed my time in Auckland. It was my first time in another country and I’m thankful for PCF for providing a programme that allowed me to explore different media outlets.

Note: Salote published a story on Radio New Zealand’s Pacific news site, click here to read.