Call for applications: China Australia Journalist Exchange 2014


Exploring the China-Australia economic relationship

19 to 28 October 2014

The Asia Pacific Journalism Centre is calling for applications from Australian journalists for the second China Australia Journalist Exchange, to be held from 19 to 28 October 2014.

The exchange is an initiative of the APJC and the All China Journalists Association. The aim is to increase journalists’ knowledge of the other country and generally broaden understanding between the two countries.

Five Australian journalists will travel to China on a one-week study tour of three cities while five Chinese journalists make a parallel study tour of Australia. Both groups will meet for a dialogue session in Beijing to compare observations and perceptions.

The theme of the 2014 exchange, “Exploring the China-Australia economic relationship”, will allow Chinese and Australian journalists to explore both the evolving economic relationship and the broader social, cultural and political relationship.

In each country, the journalists will meet with government, business, and NGO leaders, academics, journalists, and members of the community at large.

The Australian group will travel to Beijing, Shenyang and one other city in Northeast China. Leading the group will be APJC senior instructor, film maker and former economic and political journalist, Dr Nigel McCarthy.

The program is supported in Australia by the Australia China Council (ACC), the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) and Sofitel Luxury Hotels.


19-28 October 2014


China: Beijing, Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, and one other city in Northeast China

Who can apply (for Australian program to China)

Open to journalists working in print, broadcast and online news media. Applicants should have a minimum of five years’ professional experience in news media.

Applicants should complete the China Australia Journalist Exchange application form and include the following:

  1. A letter (maximum 500 words) outlining what you expect to achieve professionally from taking part in the program and the topics you would like to research and explore during the program.
  2. A letter of recommendationfrom your supervisor outlining your suitability for the program and how your participation will benefit your news organisation.
  3. A statement of support form from your employer confirming their commitment to contribute $1250 for your participation.

Please download and complete the application form and the employer’s statement of support form.

Application date

Applications should be submitted to  by 6pm Friday 5 September 2014.

(Write “China Australia Exchange” in subject line.)

For more information


Phone: 03 9387 9740


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