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Indra: Aspire To Lead Newsrooms

  There is a great need for female sports journalists to be involved in the leadership role. This was highlighted by Fiji Broadcasting Corporation manager news and sports Indra Singh.
09 Dec 2016 13:51
Indra: Aspire To Lead Newsrooms
Fijiana team Ana Maria Roqica and Timaima Ravisa (3rd &4th from right) woth the Women Sports Journalist at the Women in News and Sports workshop in Suva yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

 

There is a great need for female sports journalists to be involved in the leadership role.

This was highlighted by Fiji Broadcasting Corporation manager news and sports Indra Singh.

He made the comments while speaking to participants during the PACMAS Women in News and Sports (WINS) workshop at Tanoa Plaza in Suva yesterday.

“What is lacking is the leadership role given to female sports journalists,”Singh said.

“I don’t think any newsroom right now has a women’s sports editor.

“I am pretty sure at the rate most of you are working, we are going to see that happen and it will be a great day.”

Singh encouraged the journalists to keep working hard and keep believing in what they do.

“The point is you never give up, you keep doing what you love doing, and you are able produce the work on a daily basis,

“First and foremost is to never give up, and I know for a fact that some of you here have faced many issues, “he said.

He also highlighted how social media has become the bashing ground for many sports journalists.

“You do a story. People  don’t like it, they go on social media and attack you, Some of women sports journalists right here do a very good story compared to other people and it is for us to find out and read.

“Compared to a lot of people who do comment they won’t be able to do what you do, and being a female, gone are the days whereby females are not cut out to be part of sports journalism.

“I know you have faced problems and have been attacked on Social Media which is becoming like an attacking platform for everybody.

“What is good in this country right now most of the female journalists cover big sports events.

“International media giants like CNN and ABC,    they have senior sports journalists who are women and cover rugby league, cricket, rugby etc.

“It does not mean to say since they are women sports journalist they are put into covering   minor sports. You are good enough to cover test and international matches.”

He gave as an example the Fiji Sun newsroom in Suva where there are three women sports journalists, including deputy sports editor Anasilini Ratuva, who covered the Rio Olympics.

Edited by Osea Bola

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