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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



Thank You to our Asiavision Members

From Fiji and Samoa, to Turkey and Iran, throughout Asia and South Asia to Central Asia, Asiavision and ABU Members have joined us online again and again for training, workshops and forums.

We’ve explored so many aspects of media skills from leading newsrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic to script writing, attracting younger audiences, live presentation, trauma and resilience, fact-checking, putting on camera-ready makeup and many more.

You’ve been with us all the way, registering in your many, many hundreds. THANK YOU. Our best wishes for 2022 🙂

Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2021

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

Panel: 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

New Normal poses new dilemmas for Newsrooms

In the first of the ‘CEO Dialogues’ at Asiavision’s June Editors-in-Chief Meeting, ABU Vice President and CEO of Prasar Bharati, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, discusses the measures DDI has taken to develop its news coverage during the immense challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Global News Forum 2020 – Podcast


Pacific Media Forum, Confronting COVID-19 Challenges – August 3, 2020

9-21 March 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal

The 2018 Asiavision (AVN) Coordinators Meeting was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from the 19-21 March. It was hosted by Nepal Television (NTV).The meeting was opened by Mr. Mahesh Raj Dahal, the Executive Chairman of Nepal Television.

The annual meeting is a platform for the news coordinators to review and to look for ways on taking AVN forward.

Asiavision Mobile Journalism Workshop Korea (September 2017)

Asiavision has completed yet another fruitful workshop on Mobile Journalism. This is the 5th Workshop so far.The workshop took place in Hotel PJ, in the heart of Seoul, Korea, from 25th -30th September 2017. The main trainer for the workshop was Mr Choi Ki Hong.

A total of 24 participants from 22 AVN members took part in the workshop.

Participants were divided into 3 groups- they visited different tourist spots around Seoul to shoot for sources including interviews. The participants took part in medical tests to experience the power of Korean medical industry and produced news reports on it as well. Others paid a visit to popular tourist attractions such as Myung-dong and DDP, where they were able to interview foreign tourists on the spot to be included in their report.

This provided a hands-on Mojo production experience where they took part in the shooting, editing and producing their very own news reports.

2017 ABU News Group Meeting

The 2017 ABU News Group meeting was held in Singapore, bringing together top decision makers from 30 out of the 34 members of Asiavision (AVN).The one-day meeting was hosted by mediacorp of Singapore.AVN is the daily TV news exchange program which is now conducted solely via the online platform.

This annual gathering reviewed the activities and operations of AVN as well as discussed views and actions to take AVN forward.A total of 75 delegates attended the meeting.

Asiavision Mobile Journalism Workshop Korea (May 2017)

Asiavision has successfully conducted its 4th capacity building workshop. The topic was Mobile Journalism- How to create news reports with a smartphone. Held in KBS Human Resources Development Centre in Suwon, Korea, KBS has graciously provided with the accommodation and venue for this occasion.

 A total of 24 participants from 23 AVN members took part in the workshop, making it the biggest training activity ever conducted by AVN so far.Each participant created their own 90-seconds story with sources they gathered throughout the week. The full 5-days workshop took place from 15th -20th May 2017.

The stories were based on common topics- Hallyu (Korean wave) and Mojo. Their hard work was celebrated on the last day with a presentation.

2017 AVN Coordinators Meeting 
This was held in Male, Maldives – hosted by Public Service Media (PSM). 33 delegates from 32 countries attended the 3 days long meeting including representative from European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Arab State Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

+ - 2017 AVN Coordinators Meeting – Male, Maldives

The meeting was officiated with opening remark by Deputy Managing Director of PSM, Ms. Aminath Shayan Shaheed.Ms. Aminath Shayan warmly welcomed all the delegates to Maldives. The first session opened with AVN Activity Report. The Director of AVN News, Mr. Chae il thanked PSM for hosting the meeting for 2017 and the members for their participation. Mr. Chae also presented information on the current affairs as well as future plans of expanding training and increasing the number of news items exchanged.

The Project Officer, Ms Joanne shared the statistics on news exchange for the past 6 months. This was followed by Ms Nisha, the AVN News Coordinator on content management and issues relating with daily AVN operation.The meeting proceeded with a presentation by Mr. Kim Juong Ho from KBS Media. Mr. Kim introduced the prototype of the new AVN platform.Next, Fiji TV (Fiji) introduced themselves as the newest member, followed by MRTV (Myanmar) as potential member. After the lunch break was the partner’s session which included presentations by sister unions EBU and ASBU.During the Member’s sharing session, PSM Maldives, CCTV China, TVB Hong Kong, EMTV Papua New Guinea, RTB Brunei and RTM Malaysia gave presentations on how each member utilize AVN News exchange content. After the members sharing session, meeting was opened for questions and answering session. A lot of questions and suggestions were given by the participants. A fruitful discussion took place involving everyone to see in detail on how to improve AVN overall.

Second day of the meeting was dedicated for a workshop led by Mr.Ahmed Afruh Rasheed. The workshop highlighted on several aspects such as using social media analytics to understand audience analysis, modern script writing techniques, sharing knowledge on how different members use content from AVN.

The 1-day workshop involved fruitful discussions among the members and created a better understanding of each other. The 3rd day was dedicated for an excursion organized by PSM, which provided an excellent opportunity to promote team building and getting to know each other better.

2016 AVN Coordinators Meeting

The 2016 AVN Coordinators Meeting was held in Westin Resort -Langkawi, Malaysia from the 29 to 30th September. The 2-day long meeting was attended by 32 delegates from 30 AVN members. Outside the membership, EBU and ASBU also participated.

+ - 2016 AVN Coordinators Meeting – Langkawi, Malaysia

Starting off with AVN Activity Report- some of the main events during the past year were highlighted. Mr Chae Il presented information on the current affairs as well as future plans of expanding training and increasing the number of news items exchanged. The Project Officer, Ms Joanne shared the statistic on news exchange for the past one year. This was followed by Ms Nisha, the News Coordinator on content management and issues relating with daily AVN operation. Overall, the meeting  was told that some progress have been made in improving the AVN operations in terms of increasing the number of members, creating  integrated communication tool among coordinators, quality and increasing the number of news items exchanged. The meeting proceeded with Technical Session –a presentation by Mr. Sean Park from Brightcove. Mr. Sean Park shared some information on Brightcove and the improvement taken to enhance the platform.
Next came the Partners Session –ABU’s sister Union –EBU (Europe Broadcasting Union) and Arab State Broadcasting Union (ASBU). Representing EBU was Mr. Ray Colgan, and Mr Hafid Zinneddine for ASBU. The meeting saw how EBU and ASBU work together with ABU to exchange news daily.
After lunch break, meeting proceeded with a short introduction by TVRI-Indonesia, sharing their interest in joining AVN. Then continuing onto AVN member’s sharing session, which saw presentations from ABC Australia, MCOT Thailand, NHK Japan, NTV Nepal and TDM Macau. Members shared how they are currently utilizing AVN news, and their future plans regarding AVN activities.

Following that, a suggestion was put forward by Ms Joanne Kim on Members Communication Platform with attempt to increase effective communication between members.

The session did open question and answering session and received a good respond from the floor. Wrapping up the meeting, the Chairperson Mr. Joao Pinto thanked all the delegates for their participants and hope it would be a fruitful meeting to everyone in order to improve the cooperation in all levels with Asiavision

2nd day of the meeting highlighted on the team-building excursion which has created a good relations and a better understanding among the coordinator and Asiavision.

2nd & 3rd AVN Non-Linear Editing (NLE) Workshop in Vietnam 
Asiavision’s 2nd and 3rd NLE workshops were successfully conducted in Vietnam recent July 2016.  The workshops were organized in cooperation with Vietnam TV, whom after the first workshop in Kuala Lumpur requested to hold the same workshop in Vietnam.

+ - Asiavision Non-Linear Editing Workshop Vietnam (July 2016)

Asiavision aims to increase the quantity and quality of news exchange by providing adequate capacity building training.The participants were required to produce a music video at the end of the workshop as part of assessment. The music video production allows full adaptation of skills that are required while editing a news report, hence providing a good opportunity for the participants to experience a hands-on training.

The main trainer for both workshops was Mr Choi Ki Hong, the former trainer for the first NLE workshop back in February.The 2nd NLE workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (4th-8th July), taken place at VTV9 was dedicated to local VTV news staffs. This in-country training saw 20 participants, ranging from reporters to engineers and graphic designers. Some participants flew from other cities in Vietnam such as Da Nang, Phu Yen and Can Tho to attend this workshop.
The 3rd NLE workshop was held in the VTV Headquarter, Hanoi (11th-16th July).  It was attended by 18 participants from 16 member countries. Most of the participants were new to digital editing, with no prior editing experience. Professor Yoon Chun Suk attended the Hanoi workshop as an assistant trainer.

The list of members that have participated are as follows:

Country Organisation
Brunei RTB
Bangladesh BTV
Fiji FBC
Hong Kong TVB
India DDI
Macau TDM
Malaysia RTM
Maldives PSM
Myanmar MRTV
Nepal NTV
Philippines ABS-CBN
Sri Lanka SLRC
Thailand MCOT
Uzbekistan MTRK
Vietnam VTV

Professor Yoon is a former SBS Korea reporter, currently working as a Professor in Ajou University, Korea. Besides assisting Mr Choi, he also gave two lectures on his views on the importance of editing, providing useful insights from his own personal experience.Both workshops ended successfully with the presentation of final music videos produced by the participants.

The result of the feedback survey shows that members are highly satisfied with the program, and are willing to recommend this workshop to those who have not yet attended.  Asiavision is planning to continue providing in-country NLE workshops in response to members’ requests.

2016 News Group Meeting – Sydney, Australia
The 2016 ABU News Group Meeting was held in Sydney, Australia from the 1st to 3rd June. The 3-day long meeting was attended by 54 delegates from 27 AVN members. Outside the membership, ARD Germany and ASBU also participated.

+ - 2016 News Group Meeting - Sydney, Australia

Seven observers attended from Reuters, AP and AFP. This year’s meeting saw the biggest number of participants in the ABU News Group Meeting history.

The first day saw various presentations contributed by the Secretariat, our members as well as our partners.

Overall, AVN has shown progress in terms of increase in the number of members, better quality and quantity of news items exchanged, as well as more training activities. AVN has launched its first capacity building workshop in February 2016, which will be offered as requested by the members.

The second day of the meeting was dedicated to a seminar on the operations of the hosts ABC, including a tour of its newsroom, studios and facilities. Some of the topics included Disaster and Emergency coverage, ABC Editorial Policies, and ABC News Showcase.

The third and final day of the meeting was a visit to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) which runs one of the top journalism schools in Australia.

Presentations were made on the future directions in journalism and media studies education. The visit concluded with a tour around the UTS studios, media labs and the student led Radio station- 2SER.

+ - Asiavision Non-Linear Editing Workshop Kuala Lumpur (February 2016)

The first capacity building workshop hosted by Asiavision took place on 15th-19th February 2016 at the IPPTAR multimedia room.

The workshop was attended by 20 participants from 17 different countries. The participants’ roles varied from Assistant Head of News to News producers and reporters.  

The list of member organisations that participated are as follows:

Country Organisation
Brunei RTB
Bangladesh BTV
Fiji FBC
Hong Kong TVB
India DDI
Japan NHK
Malaysia RTM
Maldives PSM
Nepal NTV
Philippines ABS-CBN
Sri Lanka SLRC
Thailand MCOT
Turkey TRT
Turkmenistan TVTM
Uzbekistan MTRK
Vietnam VTV

The members of the training team were Mr. Choi Ki Hong, the head trainer who formerly belonged to Korean Broadcast System (KBS); Assistant Trainer Mr. Yoon Hee Jin, cameraman at KBS and Ms. Joanne Kim, AVN Project Officer as the translator.

Participants were required to produce and perform a video presentation that included the effects and transitions as taught by the trainer during the five day course. The contents and the lengths of the video were left to be decided by the individuals. The outcome of the presentation was impressive, with many of the participants being able to apply the skills attained during the workshop to their work.

The general feedback on the workshop was positive, with room to improve on workshop facilities and efficiency of content delivery. According to the feedback survey, the overall satisfaction score averaged 9.3 out of 10.

Asiavision is planning its 2nd NLE workshop, hosted by one of our members in July 2016. Our attempt to improve the Asiavision news quality will be continuous. Any suggestions or requests are welcome by our members.

2015 AVN Coordinators Meeting

Phuket, Thailand