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MIL OSI – Source: Asia New Zealand Foundation – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Japan assignment for New Zealand journalist

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is offering a grant for an experienced New Zealand journalist to visit Japan in February 2016. The programme will be organised by the Foreign Press Center Japan (FPCJ) and includes a visit to at least one host city for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Other aspects of the programme can be arranged according to the journalist’s interests, with the assistance of the Foreign Press Center.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Journalists are encouraged to submit story ideas other than the ones above. Asia New Zealand Foundation will accept applications from both sports reporters and general reporters.

Sunday 31 January: Arrive in Tokyo

First week of February: Three-day trip to Oita, one of the Rugby World Cup host cities, with Tokyo-based foreign correspondents. The nearby city of Beppu, which has a sister city relationship with Rotorua, is inviting the All Blacks to set up a training camp during the World Cup.

Return to Tokyo or travel to other parts of Japan as relevant to journalist’s interest area.

Tuesday 9 February (approx): Return to New Zealand

During the stay, there will be opportunities to interview government officials, company executives, farmers, and specialists on other subjects, according to the journalist’s interest areas.

Who can apply:

Working New Zealand print, broadcast, and online journalists are encouraged to apply. Asia New Zealand Foundation will accept applications from both sports reporters and general news reporters.

Applicants must have New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency. They will need to have a minimum of three years’ experience as a journalist. Previous travel to Japan is not a requirement; nor is the ability to speak Japanese.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • A cover letter indicating your experience as journalist and your interest in the programme
  • An outline of story angles that you are interested in pursuing
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from newsroom management

Asia New Zealand Foundation may also ask for samples of work to be provided.

Selection process:

Applications will be assessed by Asia New Zealand Foundation staff, external media experts, and the Foreign Press Center Japan.

The successful applicant will be chosen based on their track record as a journalist and the strength of the story ideas outlined.

The Foundation reserves the right not to award funding.

Closing date: Monday 7 December, 2015

Postal applications:

Rebecca Palmer, Media adviser
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Level 16, Fujitsu Tower,
141 The Terrace
PO Box 10 144
Wellington, 6143

Applications can also be emailed to Rebecca Palmer.