Six journalists selected for China journalist exchange

Six Australian journalists chosen to participate in the 2019 China Australia Journalist Exchange will gain first-hand experience of the vital economic relationship between China and Australia.

This year’s program will have a focus on environmental issues and will allow the journalists to see developments in clean energy technology, including international collaboration to reduce carbon emissions.  

They will also explore the fall-out from US-China trade tensions and the progress of China’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road initiative.

The China Australia Journalist Exchange was established in 2013 by the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre and the All-China Journalists Association to improve the capacity of journalists in each country to cover the bilateral relationship in its growing complexity.
This year’s exchange is being run in collaboration with the Melbourne Press Club. It will be led by the club’s CEO Mark Baker, a former Fairfax editor and China correspondent.  Funding is being provided by the Australian Embassy in Beijing. The program runs from 12 to 19 November and will visit Shanghai, Qingdao and Beijing.

The journalists selected are:

  • Tom Dusevic, chief leader writer, The Australian
  • James Fernyhough, reporter, The Australian Financial Review
  • Peter Hannam, environment editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Matilda Marozzi, ABC Radio Melbourne producer and journalist
  • Sarah Steger, journalist,The West Australian
  • Madeleine Stuchbery, reporter and podcast producer, The Weekly Times 

Since the first exchange in 2013, nearly 50 journalists from China and Australia have participated, with Australian fellows of the program coming from all states and across all media platforms.