Asia Pacific

Fellowship builds reporting skills for economic literacy and women’s empowerment

Building journalism skills to report the economic life of communities, and especially the role of women, was the major theme of a journalism fellowship program delivered recently by APJC. Seventeen journalists from Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu attended the five-week program, supported by Australian AID under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Awards Fellowships scheme.

China Australia Journalist Exchange explores agriculture links

A visit to Ningxia in China’s mid-west has given seven Australian journalists the opportunity to explore the growing relationship between China’s and Australia’s agricultural sectors. The group visited the autonomous region, surrounded by desert and mountains and intersected by the Yellow River, as part of the 2015 China Australia Journalist Exchange, which is now in its third year.

APJC helps Myanmar media prepare for reporting general elections

Journalists from across Myanmar travelled to Yangon in late March to take part in two workshops on election reporting organised by the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre. The program was part of the International Press Institute’s 2015 world congress and general assembly and has come at a time of transition towards greater independence for news media in Myanmar.

Development fellowship sharpens skills for reporting on aid and development

Six Australian journalists visited Cambodia as part of a new APJC fellowship program aimed at enhancing news media capacity to report on the work of the international development sector.

APJC group makes a return to Aceh 10 years after the tsunami

An APJC group returned to Aceh in December to see how the province was faring 10 years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The four were part of an original group of nine Australian news media professionals who visited Aceh in 2005 as part of an APJC study tour to Indonesia. “Life is back to normal in a sense,” said APJC director John Wallace, “but the scars are very visible, and economic development is very slow.”