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Go For Greater Things, Journalists Urged

  The PACMAS Women in News and Sports (WINS) workshop participants were encouraged to find a niche in their organisation and be able to thrive on it in order to
10 Dec 2016 11:11
Go For Greater Things, Journalists Urged
Litia Tikomailepanoni,Joana Lester (Women in sports lead facilitator),Justine Mannan at Tanoa Plaza yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

The PACMAS Women in News and Sports (WINS) workshop participants were encouraged to find a niche in their organisation and be able to thrive on it in order to accomplish greater things in life.

WINS facilitator Joanne Lester said yesterday that it is important for female sports journalists to find something that they are really good in and to bring it to the table.

“Not just trying be the same as everyone else,” she said.

“But knowing your unique selling point and being able to express that to other people so that you can really achieve what you want in life.”

Lester added that the experience gained during the workshop was a productive one.

“You experience different things in different countries. For some it is all about poor journalism skills, but here it is about channelling the skills you have to do different stories and also to think differently especially when it comes to women in sports.

“It has been an inspiring week for me, because I was not really sure what to expect here in terms of what kind of work our female journalists were already doing and how they would respond.”

She added that the workshop has been brilliant where participants shared their experience and what they intend to do next, which in many cases were quite achievable especially that they now feel more focused based on some of the things “we had talked about this week.”

“It has been brilliant to be able to bring this group together and for them to spend a bit more time with each other.

“The main challenge preparing for this workshop was not knowing the level of journalists here and it’s not until you meet the group and you hear some of the stories in the first few days or so.”

She said this is the first stage of the WINS initiative.

‘We have been to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. We have one more workshop here and the next is in Vietnam where we complete the first phase. We hope to run the second phase as there are a few other places in the South Pacific too. Hopefully we will get positive feedbacks from this one and be able to continue next year.”

The workshop ends today.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj


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