Star’s reporters on the move

Published by the Solomon Star, 14/8/2012

A local reporter has been awarded an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) thanks to AusAID and Asia Pacific Journalism Centre (APJC).

Solomon Star senior reporter Eddie Osifelo was granted the fellowship based on his contribution to the media in this paper.

Director of APJC, John Wallace in announcing the award last week said that AusAID has granted approval for the Asia Pacific Journalism CentreĀ  to run a program under the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowship scheme on ‘Leadership in Reporting Economic Development’.

As such Mr Osifelo will spend more than a month in Melbourne, Australia under the fellowship scheme and will travel outside of Melbourne for professional visits.

He will leave for Australia in late October.

Mr Osifelo, who recently went on a media fellowship to Taiwan, said he looks forward for the trip to enable him to further his skills in the area of economic reporting.

Currently Mr Osifelo is responsible for political rounds and other general news coverage.

This is not the first time for local reporters in the country to participate in this fellowship.

Meanwhile another senior reporter with the paper, Ednal Palmer, is preparing to attend the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Raratonga, Cook Islands set for the end of this month.

Mr Palmer’s two week trip was facilitated thanks to the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

AusAID and South Pacific Environmental Program (SPREP) are funding the trip and training.

Mr Palmer will join other regional journalists for a weeklong training before covering the forum meeting a week later.

He is expected to leave this coming weekend for the Cooks via Nadi and Auckland.

During the forum meeting pacific islands leaders will also be able to meet the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton who is expected to visit the island nation.

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