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Panpa Bulletin : February 2007
PANPA Bulletin February 2007 NEWS 11 Island home awaits volunteer Adaily newspaper in Flores, an island province east of Bali, is looking for an Australian photographer to help improve the quality of its images. The Flores Pos would like an Australian photographer to spend three months on the island developing its journalists’ photography skills. According to the Australian Pacifc Journalism Centre (APJC), which is funding the volunteer project with AusAid, Flores is a photographer’s paradise with stunningly beautiful mountain scenery and a rich culture. Based in Ende on the southern coast, The Flores Pos was launched in 1999 to provide a locally-based daily newspaper for the island. Prior to this, the only daily in the region was Post Kupang from West Timor. According to the Flores Pos publishers, Pt. ANI, the Kupang-based paper did not cover Flores issues in any detail. Since then, competition has sharpened, with setting up printing capacity on the north coast of the island. Flores has a population of more than 1.5 million, but with high illiteracy rates and poverty, diffculties with distribution across the mountainous terrain, and no long tradition of newspaper readership, circulations are around a low 10,000. Newspaper pictorial elements under- standably play an important part in reaching those who can afford to buy a newspaper, and PT. ANI hopes that by improving the quality of photographs in the newspaper it will be able to make some circulation headway. The Flores Pos publisher, PT. ANI, is owned by the Catholic religious order Divine Word, which until last year had one of its priests edit the newspaper. Under an overhaul last year, the news room is now run by news media profession- als. Chief editor Frans Anggal has worked on both the editorial and production sides of Flores Pos and its sister publication, the church weekly, Dian. Australian Pacifc Journalism Centre pro- gram director John Wallace, who visited Flores to research the placement, said the centre’s major goal was to encour- age Australian news media professionals to share their background and expertise with their professional counterparts in the region. "The Flores Pos is doing so many things right and deserves to reach a bigger audience, but it falls down on the pictorial side, with journalists in regional outposts not knowing what makes a good picture or how to take one.” Wallace said much of the volunteer’s work will involve travelling to the paper’s bureaus around the island to work with journalists in the feld. "The Flores Pos is a great little paper,” he said. “It is managed professionally, the staff are committed and love their work. “There is a feeling that the paper is really doing something to help Flores advance.” The volunteer placement is being man- aged by Australian Volunteers International (http://www.australianvolunteers.com). Wallace said the APJC has plans to work with PT. ANI on other international placements in the near future. Above: Publisher Brother Gerinus (Gerry) Sanda in front of a Heidelberg press in the Flores Pos printery in Ende. BY WARREN PAGE Oskar Alley, deputy chief reporter at The Dominion Post, is the frst recipi- ent of the opportunity to under- take a month’s study in the United Kingdom courtesy of the British High Commission in Wellington. The High Commissioner, George Fergusson, and staff acted upon their own initiative to organise and fund a suitable one-off replacement for the London-based Commonwealth Press Union’s (CPU) Harry Brittain Fellowship. Until 2005, the Harry Brittain Fellowship provided up to 12 senior journalists from the Commonwealth with six weeks’ study, touring and newspaper attachment in the United Kingdom each year. The fellowship was suspended last year while the CPU undertook a review of services and resources. Results of that re- view are still to be announced. At time of writing, the new initiative of the High Commission still did not have a name. However, efforts are being made to fnd a sponsor, with naming rights to the new fel- lowship, so that it will be available long-term. Alley says he wants to use the fellowship to focus upon reporting news for the Internet and how major newspapers provide news on the web while still main- taining fresh material for their print editions. Cardiff University’s School of Journalism is organising Alley’s visit, study program and newspaper attachment. As frst recipient of the fellowship, Alley says he does not mind being a guinea pig. He says that he is prepared to play his part in ensuring this frst fellowship lays a good foundation for future recipients. British send Kiwi back to school
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