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. Topics included renewable energy, urban and regional planning, international forest management, water management and policy-making.

Visiting Pacific journalists connect with Australia’s women leaders

A group of 11 journalists from southwest Pacific countries met Australian politicians and business leaders as part of a professional development program on news media and the role of women in the economy. In Canberra, the group had discussions with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja, as well as business, community and journalism leaders. The 5-week leadership fellowship was run by the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Awards scheme.

Journalists from Australia and China participate in study exchange

The need for a broader understanding between China and Australia beyond the burgeoning trade relationship was a major theme of discussions ending the first China Australia Journalist Exchange. The one-day dialogue, held in Beijing on November 26, concluded a 10-day professional study tour program in which six journalists from China visited Australia and six Australian journalists visited China.