It’s been almost a month since the end of the fellowship program we attended at the Asia Pacific Journalism Center in Melbourne.
All the fellows who participated in the five weeks (six for Indonesian colleagues) program are back at work and I suppose implementing what learned from the fellowship.
This may be a shock to some. But I haven’t been back to my place of work since being back in Port Vila, the Vanuatu capital where I am.
Instead, I’ve ventured into media business. A colleague and myself, both used to work for Capitol FM107 radio and the company’s weekly Vanuatu Times newspaper, have started our own newspaper. (Tried to affix a pix of the front page of issue 1 on this space, but internet connection keeps being interrupted).
Reasons for my leaving were briefly mentioned at the sessions with Torrey Orton, but I’d rather not go back there.
Anyhow, my business partner is Moses Stevens, who’s currently the President of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).
We’ve decided to revive a newspaper called ‘The ni-Vanuatu” he published for a year in 2004/5 but suspended work due to other increased work commitments.
The word ‘ni-Vanuatu’ is the nationality name of a citizen of the Republic of Vanuatu.
As a start, we’ve decided to do 16 pages for the mid-week paper, the first issue came out on Wednesday, June 08 and the second this morning.
Our focus for the paper is to empower ni-Vanuatu to take up challenges, to find opportunities, to work, to make a better living.
To try and implement some of the things learned at the fellowship, we’ve included a business page to start things off.
It would be good to hear from everyone and we’d welcome any ideas or moral support as we venture into this road we know will be full of challenges.