Trip to China for five journalists

Five Australian journalists will have the chance to broaden their understanding of issues and developments in China, thanks to the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre.

The organisation is calling for applications from Australian journalists for the inaugural China Australia Journalist Exchange to be held from November 17 to 27, 2013.

A spokeswoman for the organisation said it would be the chance of a lifetime for anyone looking to expand their knowledge with the economic powerhouse.

“It is an opportunity for journalists to share insights on issues and news coverage with international colleagues and to build international networks,” she said.

The theme of the inaugural exchange, ‘The China Australia economic relationship and other opportunities’, will allow Chinese and Australian journalists to explore the evolving economic relationship and the broader social, cultural and political relationship.

Five Australian journalists will travel to China on a one-week study tour of three cities, Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing, while five Chinese journalists will make a parallel tour of Australia.

Both groups will then meet in Beijing to compare observations and perceptions.

In each country, the journalists will meet with government, business and NGO leaders, academics, journalists and members of the community at large.

Journalists who wish to apply need to have at least five years’ media experience in any platform, and support from their organisation.

The Australian group will be led by APJC board member and The Canberra Times editor-at-large Jack Waterford.

To apply, click here. Applications close at midnight on Friday, September 20, 2013.

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