Best Youth newspaper

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu | Monday, September 11, 2017
THE CEO Motibhai Group and chairman of The Fiji Times board of directors Kirit Patel was apt in his statement that "at 148 years, it is no surprise that The Fiji Times has become the people's newspaper".
The Fiji Times won the Best Young Reader category at the 2017 PANPA Advertising and Marketing Awards held on Thursday night at the NSW Art Gallery in 
Sydney, Australia. Picture: SUPPLIED
The Fiji Times won the Best Young Reader category at the 2017 PANPA Advertising and Marketing Awards held on Thursday night at the NSW Art Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Picture: SUPPLIED

"From the seed that was planted in Levuka on September 4, 1869, The Fiji Times has survived 14 decades and counting. It has survived because of its commitment to service and good for Fiji. It has survived because of its credibility. We are proudly made in Fiji. The Fiji Times is all about people, values, loyalty, commitment, truthfulness and unity. We reaffirm our reputation of accountability and fair representation."

Such powerful words and I can never imagine a day without The Fiji Times.

I congratulate the Kaila! newspaper for winning the Best Young Reader category at the 2017 PANPA Advertising and Marketing Awards.

The PANPA is the regions pre-eminent awards in the news media industry and for The Fiji Times to be awarded at this level, is epitome of what Kirit Patel had stated in his message in Saturday's 40-page special edition. On the other hand, the Kaila! newspaper initiated Design Your Own Newspaper program was voted the best. In similar fashion, the coverage building up to the Rio Olympics, which lasted for 45 days, and contained an eight-page colourful liftout, was commended at the awards night. Bravo The Fiji Times for this recognition!

I have been reading the Kaila! newspaper ever since it was published and was sold as a newspaper on its own for 50 cents.

Students would flood shops buying copies of the Kaila! newspaper because it produced stories, articles and photos of children. Today it has been incorporated in Wednesday's The Fiji Times with a robust production team who come up with school-based reports and pictures, profiles and informative articles.

The Kaila! Design Your Own Newspaper actually gives students an opportunity to show their creativity and tell stories about their schools and communities and raise awareness about issues that affect them.

Hence, as I salute the management, staff and editorial team of The Fiji Times, I believe it's a moment to savour and cherish for the many good years ahead.

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