‘Pressure’, ‘tight gap’, ‘disconnected’, ‘deadline’: Reality check for journo

Being a radio reporter in the midst of a cyclone is quite challenging – especially when you need to come face to face with your source – in order to get the best version of the story you are intending to tell. That was what I had to go through.

From postponing interviews to asking for extensions, and even the freakiest of all emails – asking to be dropped from the program because I have not been attentive — but all that made this project so unique. I had to juggle my work and participation in this program.

My work took me to places where I was completely disconnected from the world for two weeks. And that really affected me in meeting deadlines (something that we value so much as journos).  But under the mentorship of Ms. Claire Caulfied, I was able to continue with this story. While my mentor provided me with the training required for this project, God provided me with wisdom and a story worth telling. I thank God for touching Ms. Caulfield’s life in supporting me through to the end.

By Josefa Babitu

Josefa Babitu is a senior journalism and politics major at the University of the South Pacific. The 21-year-old student journalist aspires to be a communication professional in the future. For the time being, he has written a number of articles for media agencies, both local and overseas. He currently works for CDAC Network as a communication officer based at the Fiji NDMO for the current cyclone season. Apart from focusing on his career, Josefa loves to hang out with his friends, reading and socializing.

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