Development journalism masterclass
The inaugural International Development Journalism Fellowship masterclass was held in Melbourne from 12-14 March. It was hosted by the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre and designed and delivered by La Trobe University's Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC).
IHSSC Director and DLP Senior Research Partner Chris Roche, co-director Linda Kelly and DLP research fellow Tait Brimacombe were among the panel of development and media experts who provided the six journalism fellows, drawn from across the Australian media, with the knowledge and training to report more effectively on development and humanitarian affairs.
The fellowship is endorsed by the Australian Council for International Development and this year was run in collaboration with World Vision Australia, with input from other development agencies. The three-day masterclass focused on key development issues and debates in Australia and Cambodia, in preparation for a 10-day study trip to Cambodia to give the journalists a better understanding of the situations and dilemmas that aid workers routinely face. Participants will observe development projects and meet community members and representatives of civil society, local and international businesses, government and media.
Chris opened the masterclass’s discussion of the intersection between international relations, economic development and aid, and later described the six fellows who took part as ‘inspiring’. Tait was part of a panel looking at media and development, and Linda facilitated the final afternoon's sessions on the key issues and questions that fellows might investigate in Cambodia.
The APJC aims to run the fellowship twice a year to help Australian journalists understand international aid and its increasingly important role in national politics and international relations.