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Neighbourhood Watch: Reporting on the Asia-Pacific


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The Asia-Pacific region plays host to a range of complex and pressing environmental, development and humanitarian concerns. Are Australians well informed about the issues playing out so near them? And how do changes in journalism impact the way Asia-Pacific news is covered? This panel explores the challenges and potential opportunities for journalism in our part of the globe.


Mary-Louise O'Callaghan

Mary-Louise O’Callaghan began her professional life as a cadet journalist on the Age newspaper in her hometown of Melbourne. From 1983-1985 she was the Guardian’s stringer in China before returning to Australia and eventually focusing her career in the Pacific. Winner of three Walkley awards, sh... Read more

David Nolan

David Nolan is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications. His work focuses on journalism studies and the changing role played by media in social and political relations. He recently led a Centre for Advancing Journalism research project focussing on the question of how media representations of Su... Read more

Liam Fox

Liam Fox has worked as a radio, television and video journalist for the ABC for 14 years. For five years from 2009 he was the ABC’s Papua New Guinea correspondent based in Port Moresby and traveled extensively around the country covering everything from natural disasters to political turmoil t... Read more

Jo Chandler

Jo Chandler is an award-winning freelance Australian journalist, author and editor. She has filed news and features from assignments across sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, rural and remote Australia, Antarctica and Afghanistan. She has earned distinctions as an essayist, profile writer and na... Read more

Stefan Armbruster

Stefan Armbruster is the Brisbane-based correspondent for SBS News and Current Affairs, reporting on Queensland and the Pacific. He was born in Germany, grew up in Australia, and worked for a decade in London for the BBC and other broadcasters. Since joining SBS in 2006, he has won a numerous journa... Read more


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