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The Deep Brief #4 – The State of The World’s Ocean

Asiavision’s Deep Brief aims to give working journalists in-depth background information that will help their reporting on the subject at hand.

With the World Ocean’s Conference set to take center stage at the end of June, Peter Thomson , the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean looks into the state of the world’s oceans. Join the discussion as we delve into;

Solutions for a sustainably managed ocean involve green technology and innovative uses of marine resources. Addressing the threats to health, ecology, economy, and governance of the ocean – acidification, marine litter and pollution. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and the loss of habitats and biodiversity. And finally, the role of media in urging global leaders and all decision-makers to boost ambition, mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven and innovative approaches, as well as employ nature-based solutions to reverse the decline in ocean health.

THE DEEP BRIEF #3 – How the Russia-Ukraine war affects Asia

As the world’s eyes are Focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Dr Rahul Mishra, Head of European Studies at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, dives deep into the conflict through the perspective of global politics.


Why is Russia considered threat for Western powers?
Why is Ukraine of interest to these Western powers?
What is the role of China and India in the equation?
Why are the Asian superpowers taking a neutral stand on the conflict?
What do the sanctions mean for the Asia-Pacific region?
What are the foreign policies of some other regional players like The Quad and ASEAN who are dealing with similar situations?
And finally, how does separatism and self-determination work in International Law?

THE DEEP BRIEF Navigating the Financial + Economic Uncertainties of the Pandemic

February 16, 2022: The Deep Brief #2 – titled The Bumpy Road Ahead – features an insightful presentation by Dr Hamid Rashid, lead author of the World Economic Situation and Prospects for 2022, and Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch, Economic Analysis and Policy Division, U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Dr Rashid warned that with the pandemic far from over, the growth outlook remains uncertain. His workshop examines in detail the extent to which the global economy is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic as new waves of infection, labour market challenges, lingering supply-side constraints and rising inflationary pressures persist.

The Deep Brief is an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) News Department. It’s designed as an informal news conference where experts/academics present and answer questions on a specific news topic so that reporters, producers and journalists can get a deeper insight into the issue and some great story ideas as well.

The Unseen

Trauma and Resilience in the Pacific

Helping journalists who cover the Pandemic and Disasters

 An empty newsroom for the first time ever at the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation.Putting television and radio news bulletins to air from home.

Coping with curfews and COVID-19 in your community. Developing new processes to report vital information in Lockdown.

And always fearing for your family and friends. With Climate Change causing increasingly intense disasters, trauma is ever present for Pacific journalists.

Add in a Pandemic, and the challenge is overwhelming.

A Webinar run by the DART Centre Asia Pacific:

Deputy CEO Dart Centre Asia Pacific: Kimina Lyall

Dart Centre Pacific Fellow 2017: Wame Valentine

Moderator: Indra Singh, Fijian Broadcasting Corporation

The DART Centre Asia Pacific provides psycho-social education to media professionals and organisations exposed to trauma.It’s purpose is to mitigate the effects of psychological trauma and negative mental health outcomes on both journalists and the traumatised victims they report on.

 ABU NewsGroup Meeting 2021

TOPIC : Am I The Right Person To Lead My Newsroom?

              Lessons from the Pandemic

After the challenge of 2020-21 and the professional and personal toll of the pandemic, it’s a topic for all of us to ponder.

What have we learned? What were our strengths?

What could have been better?

What will we do differently in the future?

Listen to NEWS LEADERS from throughout Asia discuss what they have found out about themselves during COVID-19 and whether they will be taking a new approach, going forward.

Keynote Speaker: Hany El-Konayyesi, Manager, News Output: TRT World Turkey

Moderator: Jaime Ho, Chief Editor, CNA Digital: Mediacorp Singapore

Panelist: Shuhei Ikehata, Deputy Head, World News Division: NHK Japan

Panelist: Ging Reyes, Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs: ABS-CBN Philippines

Panelist: Boldsaikhan Amarbat, News Director: TV5 Mongolia

Interpreter: Oyuntuya Dugersuren, IT engineer + AVN Coordinator: TV5 Mongolia

Panelist: Nguyen Thi Phuong Lien, Deputy Director, VTV International: VTV Vietnam

Panelist: Pen Bona, Chief Editor: PNN Cambodia

Pacific NewsGroup Meeting 2021

TOPIC: Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 Asiavision Pacific NewsGroup Meeting featuring a News Panel Discussion of special interest to the Pacific.

Talking about YOUR NEWSROOM’s experience as COVID-19 shut down borders, caused a health crisis in Fiji and Papua New Guinea and an economic emergency across the Pacific.

* How did your newsgathering and output CHANGE?

* What innovative ways did your NEWSROOM develop as staff were forced into isolation and WFH?

* What changes will you KEEP and take into the future?

Moderator: Indra Singh, Manager News and Sports, FBC Fiji

Panelist: Sincha Dimara, Head of News and Current Affairs, EMTV PNG

Panelist: Gabriel Vusi Lai, Chief-of-Staff, VBTC Vanuatu

Panelist: Stella Taoi, Assistant News Editor, reporter and presenter, FijiTV Fiji

Panelist: Scott Waide, Founder, online news feature company LEKMAK, PNG

Politics and the COVID-19 crisis continue to expose the challenges media in the Pacific faces in 2021. Maintaining integrity and ethical reporting through the chaos of the pandemic and politics is the title of the Asiavision News Panel at the ABU’s Pacific Media Partnership Conference.

Moderator: Dinnierose Raiko, Presenter/producer, EMTV Papua New Guinea


Scott Waide, Lae Bureau Chief, EMTV Papua New Guinea

Alexander Rheeney, Editor (Development), Samoa Observer newspaper

Moera Tuilaepa Taylor, Pacific Manager, Radio New Zealand

Evan Wasuka, Senior reporter, ABC Australia

Leah Lowonbu, Reporter, VBTC, Vanuatu


ABC News in Australia tells how they increased the representation of women in their content through 50:50 The Equality Project. In late 2018, ABC News took on the challenge of increasing the contribution of women as expert talent and contributors across all NEWS programming. They started with a huge imbalance and in March, they achieved the target of having female and male interviewees and contributors equally represented – in fact, 51 per cent were female voices.

In this Asiavision webinar workshop, ABC News tells how they did it and how your newsroom could do it too.

With research showing that the more media represents women better, the more likely it is that women will consume that content, this workshop is about serving your audience better. In the coronavirus pandemic, getting the message to everyone is vital. Women hold key positions in many relevant sectors. This workshop is about how to find them and put them on-air.

Gavin Fang, Head of Network and Newsgathering for ABC News + News Diversity Lead

Emma Pearce, ABC News 50:50 Equality Co-lead

Mosiqi Acharya, Chief of Staff, Asia Pacific Newsroom

Francis Herman, CEO, VBTC Vanuatu

July 13, 2021