Senior Pacific Journos during an open discussion at Parliament press Gallery
SEVERAL journalists in Mainstream Media around the Pacific are currently taking part in a APJC fellowship in Australia.
The workshop is focused on training reporters to report on sustainable mining.
Representing the Solomon Islands is SIBC’s Rickson Bau.
Mr Bau said the fellowship is intended to demonstrate to journalists the mass impacts of mining activities in Australia.
Speaking to Sunday Isles while in Melbourne Mr Bau explained that as Australia is a much bigger nation involved quite a lot in mining activities, this fellowship has given them a lot of insight into how mining activity had caused much bigger environmental chaos at a bigger scale.
Mr Bau said this fellowship has already gone into its third week and so far they’ve made several field trips to active mining areas around Australia, including the mining spots within the Hunter Valley coal mine in NSW.
He added that this fellowship has taught him a lot and what responsibility media has to play especially in advocating for sustainable extraction of resources.
Mr Bau also said the workshop included participating journalists from Fiji, PNG, Vanuata and Indonesia whom also have mining activities in their countries.