149th year and going strong

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Tuesday, January 2, 2018
"We are ready and excited to begin our 149th year of being a newspaper that is credible, honest and fair."

This was the message from Fiji Times Ltd general manager and publisher Hank Arts.

No disputes on the timely message as we march into the second day of 2018.

I agree with the editor-in-chief Fred Wesley that "The Fiji Times, having been around for 148 years, is expected to disseminate information to the masses".

Hats off to the editor-in-chief for his powerful message and the following lines stood out for me: "We value journalism and what it stands for. We will strive to disseminate information that is credible, has authority and will help our readers make well informed decisions in their lives daily."

I know the journey to strive for credibility, fairness and neutrality has not been an easy one and there have been obstacles along the way, but I am proud that our number one newspaper has survived the challenges in 2017 and is ready for the challenges in 2018.

Despite the adversities last year, The Fiji Times stood to the challenges and was a finalist in three categories of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association News and Marketing Awards.

The Fiji Times hit top deck when the Kaila! Design Your Own Newspaper Project was announced the winner of the Best Young Reader program and it was a finalist for the Cause-Related Campaign.

The newspaper was also highly commended for the 2016 Rio Olympics coverage. I salute The Fiji Times and its staff for these achievements which newspapers dream of.

A good reader looks for fair reporting whether it's news related to sports, religion, economics, personal opinions or politics and I am glad that this is what The Fiji Times strives for.

You don't win popularity by writing on issues and stories that pleases one side of the community, but you win hearts by writing on topics that capture the interest of both sides of the community and I must thank The Fiji Times for achieving this feat and for generating a sense of patriotism and joy.

I enjoyed reading the educational and coloured liftout in Saturday's paper as it summed up the whole year's events so well.

I congratulate our writers for the letters of the months from January to November.

I share the sentiments of Kirit Patel the chairman of Fiji Times Ltd that "Come 2018, The Fiji Times will be about people, values, honesty, commitment, perseverance and unity."

I can count on The Fiji Times to attain these media principles.

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