Star journalist scoops feature writing award for fisheries reporting
SOLOMON Star Journalist and senior Sub-Editor, Ronald Flier Toito’ona has scooped the Excellence in Feature Writing Award during the MASI Media Awards night, last Saturday in Honiara.
Mr Toito’ona, 32, was nominated for the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) Feature Writing Award, notably for his experience in reporting on the Fisheries Industry – a topic that is normally under-reported in the local mainstream media.
In receiving the Award, he wishes to thank MASI for recognising his work, despite not being present in person at the event to collect his accolade.
“This is an unexpected Award for me. But I wish to thank my seniors in the Solomon Star newsroom for believing in me and for nominating me. I would also like to thank the MASI executive, the awards organising committee, and the judges for recognising my hard work,” Toito’ona said.
He also thanked the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), for sponsoring the Excellence in Feature Writing Award.
His work in Journalism particularly feature writing is not only focusing on domestic issues but regional and global issues.
“Winning the Award comes with a lot of hard work and my interest in reporting on the Pacific Tuna fisheries,” he said.
Most of his feature articles on the topic of fisheries was mainly on the significance of the industry to the lives of the people of the pacific, especially Solomon Islanders. His most recent published work was on the impacts of Covid-19 on the tuna or fisheries industry on the lives of local Solomon Islanders.
With his interest in fisheries reporting, he ensures that this area of focus finds its way in local as well as international news platforms with his feature style of writing.
His style of writing shows significant depth, insight and understanding of the fisheries industry as a local Journalists that tells local stories with an aim to influence regional and global fisheries players.
Given the complexity in understanding the technical aspects of the fisheries industry, he always strives to ensure that the stories covered, written, and published can easily be understood by his audience, especially the people on the streets and non-fisheries experts.
Some of the areas that were usually covered in his fisheries reporting include Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, fisheries observer safety, sustainable fisheries management, and events unfolding at the annual WCPFC conferences.
Prior to becoming a senior Sub-Editor with the Star in 2018, Ronald was a leading feature and travel writer for Solomon Star’s monthly news magazine, the Star National which was launched in 2017.