Simply The Best
The work of Fiji Sun regional newsrooms in Lautoka, Nadi and Labasa has shone in special recognition awards.
The awards were presented at a thanksgiving lunch held at the Fiji Sun headquarters in Walu Bay, Suva.
Lautoka Editor Charles Chambers, for exemplary investigative and national disaster reporting skills.
Managing Editor News Jyoti Pratibha said in her citation for the award to Mr Chambers:
“Outstanding dedication and exemplary investigative journalism skills displayed while covering the murdered Russian couple story.
“Outstanding dedication in covering the TD04F weather drama.
“Long hours in difficult conditions. But did alone what the Fiji Times needed multiple journalists to do. Showed the nation what was really happening in places like Rakiraki.”
Nadi Editor Waisea Nasokia, for outstanding Business coverage.
Managing Editor Business Rachna Lal said:
“Exceptional coverage of the country’s most important industry, tourism. Connected with and respected by tourism leaders and workers alike.
“Highlighted constantly in easy to understand ways the critical importance tourism plays in the economy.
“Everywhere from the national airline Fiji Airways and major award-winning resorts to the multitude of people contributing to the success of the tourism industry in many different ways.”
Josaia Ralago, North newsroom (Labasa) journalist, for exceptional efforts to bring the nation first news and photos of what happened on Qamea Island in landslides caused by TDO4F. With support from his North Editor Shratika Naidu.
Managing Editor News Jyoti Pratibha said: “Josaia was the only journalist able to reach Qamea in the immediate aftermath of the massive landslide which caused such damage in Dreketi Village. It wasn’t easy.
“He travelled by road from Labasa to the Vanua Levu coast opposite Taveuni. He then travelled by a small boat early in the morning across Somosomo Strait in rough seas.
“He found his way by road to the northern end of Taveuni closest to Qamea.
“He crossed again by a small boat – again in rough seas – across to Qamea and got to Dreketi.
“He then got back to Taveuni so he could send his stories and photos to Suva in time for that night’s paper.
“The only journalist to reach Qamea Island and Dreketi village immediately after the massive landslide and to provide our many readers with first coverage of what the villagers faced.
“Two long road trips. Two small boat trips in rough seas. Then he got the story and photos out. The type of journalist other news organisations wished they had.”
And Fiji Sun Lautoka, Nadi and Labasa newsrooms?
Simply The Best.