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Source: Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

23 Jun, 2020

Professor David Robie and Pacific Media Watch project contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi.

In an innovative new development, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) will partner with the AUT Pacific Media Centre on a NZ$10,000 “climate and covid” project to help improve and enhance the quality of environmental reporting in the Pacific region.

In a move that could signal future partnerships with New Zealand Pasifika groups, the 12,000-member organisation working in 180 countries is fast growing in response to the need for more in-depth sustainable development and environmental reporting.

“Building on EJN’s work in the Asia and the Pacific Region, the EJN Asia-Pacific project aims to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage in the region,” says Imelda Abaño, who is content coordinator Philippines and Pacific content coordinator for EJN’s Asia-Pacific project.

“We wanted to build and achieve this with the Pacific Media Centre and the Pacific Media Watch freedom project.”

Professor David Robie, director of Auckland University of Technology’s PMC, welcomes the NZ$10,000 partnership grant, saying: “This joint ‘Climate and Covid-19’ project is a significant step forward in our Asia-Pacific collaboration projects.

“The Pacific Media Centre has had long-standing initiatives with journalists and journalism schools, especially at the University of the South Pacific, such as the Bearing Witness climate change project and Pacific Media Watch.”

One of the key contributors to this new project is the centre’s Pacific Media Watch project contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi.