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Shivika Mala and Linda Filiai (seated) with USP Journalism staff – Mr Eliki Durugunalevu, Ms Irene Manarae, Dr Shailendra Singh and Dr Olivier Jutel.

Two (2) final year journalism students of The University of the South Pacific (USP) will begin their attachment with Auckland-based Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF).

Students Linda Filiai and Shivika Mala who were the editors of USP’s award-winning student newspaper Wansolwara will be in New Zealand for two (2) weeks from June 25, working with several media organizations to enhance their journalistic skills.

During their attachment, Linda and Shivika are required to write several stories, including articles about Fiji and New Zealand ventures.

According to Linda this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity will enable her to learn from media experts in New Zealand.

 "I am very proud to be part of this media internship. It will be an opportunity to develop a network with professional journalists, exchange ideas and to learn from one another,” Linda said.

Shivika said that she applied for the internship in hopes to broaden her knowledge and skills and experience how the New Zealand media works.

“I love listening to people’s stories because what may affect them, may affect us as well,” she said.

The duo thanked PCF and USP Journalism for the opportunity and said that “this will further develop our skills, which will be helpful when we start work next year."

Dr Shailendra Singh, coordinator of USP Journalism said that the internship is the outcome of their efforts to strike partnerships and strategic alliances with relevant organisations to help broaden student experiences and learning.

He stated that Shivika and Linda were top students who deserved the award. 

Last year Shivika won the Fiji Times Award for the Best News Reporter while Linda scooped the Communications Fiji Limited Best Radio Student Award.

Three other students will be in Auckland for their internship while two New Zealand students will be coming to the Pacific Islands.

Last year the former editor of Wansolwara, Sonal Singh was selected to take part in the internship.

Dr Singh thanked PCF for its role in training Pacific student journalists and developing journalistic capacity in the region.

This news item was published on 22 Jun 2017 04:57:44 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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