The Editorial team strives on

WE are bearers of a torch that was first lit on September 4, 1869 at the waterfront, along Beach St in Levuka, says The Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief and publisher Fred Wesley.

Today, the editorial team of The Fiji Times strives to play its part to the best of its ability, in both print and online, offering the people of Fiji a platform to raise issues of concern.

Yesterday the company rounded off celebrations for 145 years of service, marking a milestone achievement for the company.

Wesley believes it is a massive achievement for any company and allows the team to look back into history to see how far the newspaper has come and the progress made as a media organisation in terms of the dissemination of information to the masses.

“Entwined somewhere deep in there is an appreciation of why we do what we do on a daily basis from those early days in 1869 to today,” Wesley said.

He said the advent of the digital age, online, smart phones and apps, digital cameras, laptops and computers and a much faster press have actually forced many changes.

The editorial department of The Fiji Times is made up of reporters, photographers, subeditors, editors, a chief of staff, an editorial assistant and an editorial operations manager.

There are a number of sections within the department in Suva run by editors and they are: news; business; sports; advertising features; online; subediting; Sunday Times; Nai Lalakai; Shanti Dut; and photography. There are also two bureaus which are headed by bureau chiefs, in Lautoka and Labasa.

“In the face of the many changes that have taken place over the years, we acknowledge the need to retain our integrity, our credibility and the believability factor,” Wesley said.

“We realise we can make a difference.

“They are obviously not easy factors to uphold but they are critically important in the greater scheme of things for The Fiji Times.”

“We also acknowledge the fact that we are recorders of history.”

The newspaper has documented every major event that has changed the country in one way or another since 1869, from the day Fiji was ceded to Great Britain on October 1874, to the indenture period in the 1800s to the time it ended around 1921.

“We were around during the great wars of World War I and II, when Fiji became independent in 1970 and we have covered every political development since then.

“We will continue to strive to give you a newspaper that is reader-friendly, easy to navigate through and with interesting articles and pictures to keep you updated and aware of things happening around you locally and internationally.

“And the most important thing is we accept the fact that we will need the support of you, the reader, to do that effectively.”