Journalist & Mentor: Merana Kitione
Merana trained as a broadcast journalist, working with radio and television in Fiji for 14 years. From news reporting, to editorial duties and then managing the News, Current Affairs and Sports team at Fiji TV, Merana always had a passion to coach, mentor and train people. She worked with Training and Development for the Fiji TV Group before leaving to manage a media development project in Vanuatu. As Team Leader of the Vois Blong Yumi Program (funded by Australian Aid and managed by the ABC) in Vanuatu, Merana worked with the national broadcaster on media strengthening initiatives from content development, professional attachments, programs for national elections, strategic planning and strengthening partnerships with provincial governments for program content and disaster management stakeholders on emergency broadcasting plans and facilities. She currently works with the regional media development initiative, PACMAS, a funder of this media initiative for the Nature Conservation conference.