World News Day: Fiji Sun Presents Waisea Nasokia

Mr Nasokia is trilingual - a useful skill given his role as Nadi Editor.
17 Sep 2020 13:00
World News Day: Fiji Sun Presents Waisea Nasokia
Waisea Nasokia.

If you’re a regular rugby supporter in the West, then you’d be familiar with Waisea Nasokia.

He’s the towering, front-row looking gentleman walking the sidelines or positioned at the tryline for a photo opportunity.

Mr Nasokia is trilingual – a useful skill given his role as Nadi Editor.

A medical scare earlier this year allowed this Ba man to spend some quality time with his young family. But there is nothing keeping this good man down.

He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Tourism and Human Resource Management degree at the Fiji National University on a part-time basis.

Mr Nasokia is married to Atelini. They have four children.

When you started working in a newsroom?

I joined the Fiji Sun as a sales rep (advertising) in June, 2004.

I also became Fiji Sun first male receptionist in 2005 but I was always passionate about photojournalism.

By this time an opportunity opened up to apply as a cadet reporter for Sports, I tried my luck, knowing that that I would have a chance at taking pictures. And I did!

In mid-2007 I joined the photography team after being asked by then Editor Samisoni Kakaivalu.

I resigned in 2008.

I reapplied at the Fiji Sun in June 2012, moved to the West and have been here since.

I’ve had no regrets.

Why do you do what you do?

I love to write and take photographs. Even as a young boy, I would skim through the dailies and immersed myself in the stories and photographs captured for the day.

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

Without deadline pressures, there is no newsroom. I normally sacrifice my weekends to cover sporting events like the ongoing Skipper Cup or Vodafone Premier League. I love it and my family totally understands my love for what I do. Over the years, they’ve adjusted to my workflow.

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

Thoroughly understanding the different cultures in our multicultural society can be challenging, but enjoyable to learn.

Our different tikinas or provinces and their different dialects present their own challenges as well for journalists.

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

Covering the impact of COVID-19 among tourism industry workers was inspiring for me personally. It was heartening to see communities rallying together and supporting local businesses.

In sports, a former national and Ba rep Taito Bula called for a reality check on the team’s preparation and how the Ba football approached the regional tournament. Eventually, it led to the president of the Ba Football Association stepping down.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

  • World News Day 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.

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