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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.

Its 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