Entries in #media (5)

Wednesday
Oct182017

It turns out I'm the city  girl

In Fiji, Frontier has two bases. One in Suva, the big city; the capital of Fiji. The place with traffic and shopping malls and one on Beqa, the kind of place that people picture when they think of Fiji.

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Thursday
Sep282017

The Fiji  Way

I met the President of Fiji, George Konrote. But don’t be too impressed, that’s just what happens in Fiji. You meet people. You talk to people you never would have back home.

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Tuesday
Feb212017

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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Monday
Sep142015

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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Tuesday
Aug182015

Dean Trophy Rugby Finals

As the oldest rugby tournament in Fiji the Dean Trophy is one of the most anticipated school events in the Fijian calendar. Since arriving in Fiji what feels like a lifetime ago I knew that one of the things I had to do here was watch a Fijian rugby match, so luckily enough the final was on a weekend I had free.

The homestay family, being as rugby mad as every other Fijian in the country, had mentioned the Dean Trophy to me in passing conversation, but as an English girl from a relatively small secondary school it was hard to imagine the scale of the event. Seeing as it was a school rugby competition I thought it would attract maybe a few hundred, if even that. Then I started to notice the Fiji Times publishing articles with headlines like ‘Dean Finals Hype,’ and thought maybe it was a bit bigger than expected.

Then the day of the finals came so me and a few of the volunteers piled into a taxi in the pouring rain to head over to the ANZ Stadium to watch the U18 final. There were actually three games prior to us getting there but in true ‘Fiji time’ style … we didn’t get there in time.

When we got there we could see a wall of people stood on a bank and figured the pitch would be just on the other side and the crowd had gathered there because it was next to the big screen. Then we got in and realised we were wrong, this tournament was far bigger than we had anticipated. The stadium was packed with fans in their thousands. Fans were dressed head to toe in their old school merchandise, waving school flags and shouting at the top of their lungs. Some of the national Flying Fijians and their coach had even made an appearance to support their old school.

As the boys at the homestay support RKS, we decided that’s who we would cheer for, however after a while we got so excited that we just cheered at everything. I’m pretty sure the people next to us thought we were either drunk or stupid. Probably both.

All in all the match was one that I will remember for quite some time. As RKS ended up winning it was even better. I’ve never witnessed such massive support for school rugby, and being part of it was something I had wanted to do since I got here. To anyone coming to Fiji, whether it’s a school match, local match or maybe even a national match, go to it, the atmosphere will make you envious that we don’t get that excited about our school rugby tournaments!

By Claire Poynton - Journalism and Media Intern

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