Ignoring the little voices that tell you ‘no’

By Leila Parina

As a Journalism student at the University of South Pacific, I am delighted to be a part of the NextGenRadio project.

Unlike the other student reporters I was not based in Fiji as I had left school to travel to Papua New Guinea for the summer break. I had limited resources and the internet is worse off than in Fiji.

It took some time to settle down and really think about what I needed to do for the project. I had even thought of pulling out from the project but a little voice inside my head said to keep going.

Before the project I connected with Traci and Thomas (my mentor) who encouraged me to take on the challenge of reporting from rural PNG with the limited resources that I have. And I had to go through several sources before settling on my final interviewee whose story was deeply moving and caused a few tears to be shed.

I worked closely with Thomas (my mentor), Traci, and Selena (sound tech producer) to produce a lovely audio piece.

My experience working with them was great as they had taught me new things that I’m sure to use from now on. I worked hard especially on Tuesday and Wednesday of the project week.

After all that work I got sick on the third night of the project and couldn’t participate on the fourth day (Thursday PNG/Fiji time). I was very ill and had to go to the hospital. I missed out on writing my editorial piece and completing my photo captions which I’m a bit disappointed by but I am thankful to Thomas, my amazing mentor who was able to finish up the project for me.

At the end of it all, I am delighted with the outcome of the project. I am also thankful to everyone involved. The experience itself has been very rewarding and I am thankful to that little voice inside my head that told me I could do it, and that none of those doubts mattered because I had a patient, talented, and understanding team that helped me every step of the way. Thank you NextGenRadio!

By Leila Parina

Leila Parina is a final year student at the University of the South Pacific. She majors in sociology and journalism. She is from the coastal part of Papua New Guinea. Parina loves the ocean and the natural environment of the Pacific Islands. She is passionate about climate justice and social justice and tries to get involved with those important causes. She enjoys listening to K-pop and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.

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