Entries in #journalism (9)


First Day At  Work

My first morning awakening in Fiji was a dazed morning. After over 40 hours of travelling I was finally on Paradise Island with jet lag but it was still heavenly.

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Getting Busy In  Fiji

It’s starting to get busy here again in Fiji after the Christmas lull in volunteers and whilst it’s always nice to have company, the best part about new volunteers is the enthusiasm they bring for their projects.

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Fiji Journalism - Gaia Segantin 

Hello everybody, my name is Gaia and I come from Italy, Milan. I am a law student and I am 21 years old. I just finished my summer program in Fiji Island with Frontier. I volunteered as a journalist for MaiLife magazine & the Fiji Times for Fiji Airways.

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Interview With Journalist Volunteer – Matilda Buss

Intrigued to know more about the motivation of our volunteers in Suva, we asked our journalist Matilda Buss about her time here and why she decided to travel to the other side of the world!

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Life As a Journalism  Intern

As a Journalism graduate and as somebody who back in Britain juggled freelancing with government admin work, I found myself wanting to experience something new and exciting.

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Welcome to Suva - Arriving As A Journalism Intern 

Welcome to Suva! My first few days in Fiji have been completely hectic, from a 4 hour bus ride across country to the hustle and bustle of city life, its safe to say I’m glad to finally have some time to rest and write this passage for you to read.

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The Terror Of TerrorTrekking

I can barely drive my car in England, let alone a huge off-road buggy

I wanted to spend my final full day in Fiji doing something that little bit crazy. The magazine that I was volunteering for, Mai Life, had never featured Terratrek before, and so they were happy for me, and our other journalism intern, Jorah, to give it a go and write a feature on it.

Terratrek is an off-road driving tour company, situated in Pacific Harbour, about a 45-minute bus journey from Suva. Thanks to Mai Life, we managed to get what would otherwise have been a F$299 pp tour, absolutely free, and we were over the moon!

When we arrived at the Terratrek office, we were asked to fit ourselves with incredibly attractive huge red helmets, and after looking and feeling the part, we both had to complete a test drive. Despite being incredibly nervous, and driving on the left-hand side for the first time ever, I did surprisingly well and was ready for the journey ahead.

I drove the buggy on the way, and completely outdid the expectations I had of myself. The drive was full of dangerous drops and so many slopes, but surprisingly I only veered off course once. Although I absolutely terrified Jorah at that point, after a 40-minute drive we arrived safe and sound at the beginning of the waterfall trail.

We were given huge wooden walking sticks to help us on our hike, but I wasn’t expecting what lay ahead. Because of the week of unfortunate rain that had hit Fiji, the path to the waterfall was horrendously muddy. I was basically replaying my experience of the Nadi mud baths, but this time the mud was bright orange clay. The guides found it hilarious that I was wearing white, yes white, converse. But luckily they were my old pair, meant to be completely and utterly ruined in Fiji, as I had a brand new pair at home, waiting for my return.


One of our guides told us there’d be a ‘lot of bum sliding’ on the way down, and it wasn’t long before I knew what he meant. The clay mud was soaking wet and so incredibly slippery that on several occasions I almost went bum first on the floor, and had to suddenly grab a random branch or a guide’s hand, who assured us they’d catch us if we fell. Unfortunately for Jorah, however, she did end up bum first in the mud, and what a pretty sight she looked by the end of the trek. You definitely could tell we’d been on Terratrek, with orange smears all over Jorah’s leggings, and my shoes practically invisible due to being caked in clay. But there’s no doubt we had a great time.

When we eventually got to the twin waterfalls, after a hard hike and a series of ghost stories told to me by one of the guide’s, Jack, it was worth the bumps and bruises. Despite at first chickening out of swimming in the pool, due to the weather being grey and a bit cold, we eventually gave in as it was really beautiful and being my last day in Fiji, why not?

After our swim we sat down for a picnic lunch, provided by Terratrek, and had a lovely chat with our guides. Usa, one of the guides, practically pulled me up the hill during the whole hike back, but it was definitely easier than it had been on the way down. Jorah drove magnificently on our journey home, and despite the struggle of driving down continuous slopes, she was so smooth that I actually fell asleep for a few seconds.

When we’d finished the Terratrek we were both completely exhausted and after scrubbing down our shoes, we headed to a café for much needed chocolate cake and chips. We both slept well that night, that’s for sure, and I still can’t believe I didn’t crash!

By Bethany Baulkham - Fiji Journalism

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My Life At Mai Life 

As an N.G.O. Media and Journalism volunteer I get the best of both worlds; working for Frontier to learn about and support other projects on offer in Fiji while also having work published in Fiji’s #1 Magazine: Mai Life…
I had graduated from my Journalism and Photography degree just before I came to Fiji for my N.G.O. Media and Journalism volunteer placement. The reason I wanted to do the internship was to get 2 months worth of international writing experience that would build up a nice portfolio and CV. I have got what I came for and so much more.
I couldn’t explain what my average day looks like as an N.G.O. Media and Journalism volunteer simply because I am always doing something new and different. I write for Mai Life Magazine, as I prefer feature writing however you can choose to be placed with Fiji Times if news writing is more your thing.

Mai Life publishes four different magazines so I am constantly kept on my toes writing about all things from travel to sport to charity events or Government projects and more. In the 8 weeks of my project I have been sent on a three-day road trip around Viti Levu, tried Zip Lining, island hopped to Cloud 9 and the Mamanucas, gone on a weeklong Media Tour of Government Rural Development Projects, organized photo-shoots, met Ministers and so much more.

On top of all the amazing assignments Mai Life gives me, I get to do media work for Frontier too. I write and publish blogs that feature on the Facebook page and I post photos that also feature on the Facebook page. But beyond that I work on other side projects that benefit the villagers and home stay families we live with such as going to Beqa to take and print family portraits as mementos.
My job in Fiji doesn’t feel like work to me, rather it has been a 2-month reward that I couldn’t begin to attempt to pay back. It truly is an experience I could never forget and one I would recommend to anyone!

By Bronwyn Donovan - NGO Journalism and Media Intern

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