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Journalism A Calling, Not A Career

Journalism students of the University of the South Pacific were urged by Republika magazine publisher, Ricardo Morris, to be mindful of all aspects of their work. Mr Morris, who is
02 Nov 2014 12:00
Journalism A Calling, Not A Career
From left: Koroi Tadulala, Catherine Thaggard, Naveel Swamy and Sonal Singh who was awarded the Most Promising First Year Student at the University of the South Pacific Journalism Awards night. Photo: Ana Sovaraki

Journalism students of the University of the South Pacific were urged by Republika magazine publisher, Ricardo Morris, to be mindful of all aspects of their work.

Mr Morris, who is also the Fijian Media Association president, said this while officiating at the university’s journalism awards night on Friday at its Laucala campus in Suva.

He reminded the students that journalism was not to be a career choice but rather a calling.

“For those who decide to make a career of journalism, it may not be easy at first when you are just starting out – the pay may be lower than other career fields and the hours are long and erratic,” Mr Morris said.

“It takes a special kind of person to persist in a profession that sometimes seems like a thankless task. Not many non-media people know about the pressures journalists face from many avenues.”

These, he said, were all part and parcel of the job, but recognising and addressing them within the bounds of ethics and integrity would keep a journalist in good stead.

Mr Morris also advised the students not to pursue journalism to gain fame.

“For some people, journalism seems to be a glamorous job because you get to attend events, meet people from all levels of society, write the so-called ‘first draft of history.’

“But it not always is glamorous and if you are going into this career for the benefits and positives alone, then you will be soon disappointed.

“You should do something that makes you truly passionate and that you would do even through the rough patches,” Mr Morris said.

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