Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson is an independent Pacific writer with close to 20 years of experience. She was the Editor of Samoa Newsline Newspaper as 25 year old, and has contributed to Wall Street Journal, NZ Herald, AP, CNN, AlJazeera and Forbes. She is the recipient of Reuters Institute, Rockefeller Foundation and Dart Center for Journalism awards and fellowships. She lives in Samoa on the island of Upolu and continues to correspond on special issues for AFP and AlJazeera. Views are her own and do not reflect the organizations she works for.