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.

New fellowship explores international development world

Six Australian journalists recently 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.”

Fast training through China to explore economic ties

Five Australian journalists travelled by fast train through China’s northeast to explore the burgeoning economic relationship between China and Australia, along with social, cultural and other links. The study tour, held from 18 to 26 October, was part of the annual China Australia Journalist Exchange, organised by the All China Journalists Association and the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre, with support from the ANZ Banking Group.

Indonesian journalists put the environment in economic reporting

A group of Indonesian journalists drawn from across the archipelago learned how to factor sustainability into economic news reporting and analysis at a recent APJC program in Melbourne. The 10 journalists, from Aceh, Jambi, Riau, Jakarta, West Kalimantan and Papua, were taking part in a 5-week Australia Awards fellowship, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.