World News Day: Fiji Sun Presents Osea Bola

“Oh, so you’re the one!” – that’s the reaction many of us in the newsroom observe when members of the public meet Osea Bola for the first time. His no-nonsense
15 Sep 2020 14:11
World News Day: Fiji Sun Presents Osea Bola
Osea Bola

“Oh, so you’re the one!” – that’s the reaction many of us in the newsroom observe when members of the public meet Osea Bola for the first time.

His no-nonsense style of writing often make athletes, coaches and administrators grimace.

But that’s just how Mr Bola works and operates.

The Queen Victoria School Old Boy is perhaps one of the most seasoned sports journalists in the country.

He knows his stuff and calls a spade, a spade.

In the process, Mr Bola has copped a lot of flak – but given his thirty-plus years of experience working in a newsroom, nothing moves this Wainibuka man quite easily.

In fact, the pressure from both friends and foe help keep him on his toes at the job he loves.

Even with his button phone still in good use along with his quiet demeanour, Mr Bola’s diction can easily brew a storm quicker than most of the tech-savvy and vocal journalists in the newsroom.

When you started working in a newsroom?

I joined the Fiji Sun sports department in 2004. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help in building the section for the Fiji Sun to be vibrant and a leading newspaper in region.

Why you do what you do?

I never regret being on the job from day one as it’s not like any other.

You need to be spot on the job on a daily basis as one slip could put you on the public gaze.

Why do you put up with deadline pressures at work and from outside?

Meeting deadlines is part and parcel of the news business and initially, it helps you as a person to deliver life’s necessities on time. You need to be prompt, alert and on the go to keep up,

In your journalism career, what are some of the challenges you’ve faced and how were these addressed?

The first challenge is that you need to look for a strong story to make the front or back pages every day.

This means you need to build a network and organise it with your team.

The second challenge is training young and budding reporters the art of the profession only for them to leave for ‘greener pastures’ once they know the knack of the job.

The other challenge is filling the sports pages with worthwhile stories so that fans can say it’s worth the dime at the end of the day.

Please highlight at least 2 pieces of work that you did that brought about change in policy, community/ or in behaviour?

Despite copping a lot of flak both here and abroad, I was happy that good sense prevailed in the end as far as weight lifting in the old capital was concerned. What always irks me to the core are spoilsports-sportspeople/administrators who thought they are bigger than the sport.

More recently we highlighted the security risk and unsafe nature of hosting the Skipper Cup Premiership competition at Thomson Park in Navua. We are grateful that the authorities took heed shifting the Skipper Cup and Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy for Namosi at the ANZ Stadium. Rugby is a winner in the end and grateful to be part of it.


World News Day will be celebrated on September 28, 2020.  It aims to raise public awareness of the critical role that journalists play in providing credible and reliable news, to help people make sense of — and improve — the rapidly changing world around them.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj


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