My one-week journey with NextGenRadio

By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti

To tell this story, let me take you on a journey

A journey of love, health and learning

To start, it was full of excitement

In the middle it was filled with snort, fever, laughter and a battle of mind over matter

You might be wondering what all this is about 

Come cruise with me as we journey reflecting my #USPNextGenRadio week

To begin I met my ‘Michelle,’ she’s my mentor, guide, whip and Godmother

I learned how to prioritize the different work, determination in completing the projects, writing headlines and web contents.

This and more is what I learnt from this amazing woman

Secondly is the fabulous Traci, I learnt funky terms like barf draft, ‘do a frankenstein’

To most it might sound weird, but it has such an amazing interpretation

Barf Draft is writing all the information you gathered from your interview into a document

You will find a more clear direction on where you want the story angle to take

The frankeinstein is an audio and script edit lingo

 To cut and paste and form a more coherent sentence

Cool huh

But my journey didn’t end there, in the middle of the week I caught a severe case of the Flu

Don’t worry its not COVID 

So between snorting, blowing nose, terrible voice and all things I hate about being sick

I welcome the editing tricks and snippets from the amazing Selena, the sharp Erica and the illustrators team

I learnt that climate reporting is so important, more so for small island nation like Fiji that is directly affected by it

So thank you NextGenRadio

I will cherish my experience, the memories, and the friendship formed on this platform

For a country that lacks the resources, 

Thank you for choosing us to collaborate with some of the best and upskill our journalistic skills

Vinaka Vakalevu; This is not goodbye, but I’ll catch you on the flip side kinda thing ☺ 


By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti

Sera Tikotikoivatu-Sefeti is a journalism student at the University of the South Pacific, a mother of two, and a freelance journalist. Her goal is to create a ripple effect of change within her community by giving them a voice and telling their stories. She is currently a freelance writer for Islands Business Fiji: Pacific Makete and a communications intern at Fusion Hub/ BPO Council of Fiji. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family and is obsessed with K-Dramas.

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