2019 Pacific Islands Journalism Reporting Tour 

Dates: September 4-September 22, 2019

Destinations:  Honolulu, HI; San Francisco, CA; Galveston, TX; Washington, DC; Suva, Fiji 

The 2019 Pacific Islands Journalism Reporting Tour will bring together 12 journalists from Pacific Island countries for an immersive three-week dialogue, study, and reporting tour to discuss critical issues in the Pacific Islands including the environment, security, and infrastructure development and financing. They will also meet with media professionals to discuss current media issues and receive training in fact-checking, newsroom technology, best use of social media platforms, newsroom operations, multimedia, and data-based reporting. The tour will start at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, then continue to Washington, DC; San Francisco, California; and Galveston, Texas. The tour will end with a capstone dialogue in Suva, Fiji.

In Honolulu, participants will participate in panels sharing perspectives from their home countries. They will also engage with environmental, security, infrastructure, and sustainability experts in the context of the Pacific Islands region. In Washington, DC participants will meet with lawmakers, government officials, and technical and policy experts from institutions such as the US Department of State, US Agency for International Development, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and prominent think tanks to discuss critical policy issues, learn about infrastructure financing models, and make contact with international experts to support their reporting efforts. Galveston, which suffered devastation from Hurricane Ike in 2008, has since emerged as a model city for cooperative public-private partnerships and community engagement in rebuilding efforts. The need for a resilient infrastructure development in this vulnerable island city makes it an ideal location to learn about alternative development strategies in action. In San Francisco and nearby Silicon Valley and San Jose, journalists will visit Google, Facebook, other US technology companies, news organizations and university journalism programs to receive training in fact-checking tools, newsroom and social media technologies, new media trends and other areas. At the conclusion of the reporting tour, the East-West Center will hold a capstone in Suva, Fiji where participating journalists will share best practices, new information and perspectives, and lessons learned with the broader Fijian and Pacific Islands media community. 

Funding:  The 2019 Pacific Islands Journalism Reporting Tour is funded by a grant from the US Department of State. Funding covers:  

· Roundtrip airfare to and from participant’s home country and throughout the reporting tour

· Ground transportation, airport transfers 

· Visa and baggage fees

· Lodging in each of the reporting tour destinations

· Programmatic meals and a modest per diem to cover other meals

· Cultural activities and networking opportunities 

Program Requirements: 

1. Story Filing: Journalists are required to file at least one story or a series of blogs and/or social media posts resulting from their participation in the tour.  

2. Participant Presentation: One essential element of this professional experience is the journalist-to-journalist exchange. All participants are required to prepare and submit a short paper (1,000–1,500 words) that addresses environmental and/or infrastructure issues in their country. The program coordinator will work with invited participants to develop their papers. Each participant will make a panel presentation (approximately 10 minutes) based on the topic of his/her paper, which must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the program. 

Eligibility:  Media professionals from print, broadcast and online news organizations including editors, reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bloggers, videographers, and photo journalists with a minimum of five years of experience are eligible to apply. The tour will include a total of 12 journalists from Pacific Island countries including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna. Applicants must be a national of one of the countries listed and proficient in the English language.  


Application Requirements**: All applicants are highly encouraged to complete the Pacific Islands Journalist Reporting Tour application form online, which requires you to fill out a questionnaire and submit your resume, professional letters of recommendation, and references. 

** If applicants are having trouble completing the application online and choose to complete their application in fillable PDF, please e-mail or fax completed application document and the additional required application documents to: CDSEAO@EastWestCenter.org OR via Fax 1-808-944-7070. Indicate “Pacific Islands Journalist Reporting Tour Application” in the subject heading of e-mail or fax.

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