Development fellowship will explore the complex world of international aid

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The intersection between international relations, economic development and aid is the territory to be explored in a new APJC fellowship for Australian journalists endorsed by Australia’s peak aid body.

The inaugural program, in March 2015, is being run in collaboration with World Vision Australia and will focus on aid work in Cambodia. Six fellowship recipients will take part in a three-day development masterclass and orientation at the APJC in Melbourne before travelling to Cambodia for an intensive 10-day study tour.

APJC director John Wallace said the fellowship provides a unique opportunity for Australian journalists to develop skills for reporting on the international relief and development sector and its increasingly important role in national politics and international relations.

In Cambodia, the journalists will observe a range of development activities, including those run by WVA. They will meet community members and representatives of NGOs, civil society, local and international businesses, government and media.

The journalists joining this program are:

  • Christie Cooper, Seven Network
  • Erin Handley, The Northern Daily Leader
  • Sonia Kohlbacher, The Australian
  • Lauren Novak, The Advertiser
  • Sylvia Varnham O’Regan, Special Broadcasting Service
  • Sarah Whyte, The Sydney Morning Herald