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Panpa Bulletin : Oct-Nov-December 2007
18 PANPA Bulletin October-November-December 2007 news Nine finance journalists and editors from the Asia Pacific region were hosted to lunch by PANPA at the Fuji Xerox Epicenter in Sydney's Australian Technology Park in October. Michael Stutchbury, Deputy to the Editor- in-Chief (Business) of The Australian, was on hand to give the visitors a short financial his- tory of Australia and also some insight into the opportunities and challenges of business journalism down under. The journalists, from Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa, were on a six-week fellowship program on "Reporting Economic Affairs" run by the Melbourne- based Asia Pacific Journalism Centre and PANPA. In Melbourne they had newsroom attachments with The Age, the Geelong Advertiser, the Australian Financial Review, Radio Australia and SBS Radio. In Canberra they visited the National Press Club. The program was part of AusAID's Australian Leadership Awards, which are aimed at pro- moting leadership skills in the Pacific region through professional linkages. PANPA visit for Paci c fellows By Helen Musa (Left to right): Ricky Binihi, Frans Anggal, Eric Tapakau, Helen Musa, Sandra Lawoi, Michael Richards, Cherelle Jackson, Mouzinho De Araujo, Brett Taylor, Michael Stutchbury, Herman Lengam, Linda Davies, Sa tri Rayuni Melbourne has farewelled one of its best-known and most respected newspapermen, former Herald editor John Fitzgerald, who died on October 11 at the age of 76 after vigorously fighting a two-year battle with cancer. Fitzgerald had a two-phased career. Originally from Bendigo, he trained as a cadet at the Warnambool Standard before joining The Herald in 1951. He quickly rose from being an accom- plished news reporter and sportswriter, to a range of executive jobs that in- cluded a highly successful five-year stint (1974-1979) editing The Herald, one of the forerunners to Australia's biggest selling daily, the Herald Sun. Two of Fitzgerald's greatest coups were his paper's investigations of the Whitlam government's notorious Khemlani Loan Affairs, and the mafia's links with drug deal- ing in Australia. In the second phase of his career, Fitgerald spent 15 years as managing direc- tor and chairman of the respected public re- lations firm, International Public Relations, now Shandwick IPR. In that role, said the tribute written by Ron Reed in the Herald Sun. "Fitzie", as he was almost universally known, "not only monitored and helped shape what was go- ing on in boardrooms all over Melbourne, he raised a huge amount of money for charity". Fitzgerald resigned from IPR in 1994 to join yachting hero John Bertrand's attempt to win a second America's Cup in San Diego the following year The editor-in-chief of Herald Sun, Bruce Guthrie, who worked under Fitzie for more than three years in the mid-seventies, said he was a tough but inspiring leader. "I was still seeking his advice and wise counsel up until recently," he said. "John is a great loss for to Melbourne and to Australian journalism." HWT managing director Julian Clarke said Fitzgerald was "one of this country's great newspaper editors". "He had it all. His insatiable desire to be first with the news, his ability to inspire and lead a team, his intelligence, wit and humour and a well-developed disdain for 'can't'. "It's not by chance that his editor- ship of The Herald coincided with one of the great periods of Melbourne's after- noon newspaper, a newspaper that was considered to be in the top ten afternoon newspapers in the world." There was a large turn-up of journalists, PR and sports personalities at the memo- rial service at St John's Church in Malvern, including one of Fitzgerald's oldest friends, IOC member Kevan Gosper, who flew from Beijing to speak. John Fitzgerald is survived by his wife of 50 years, Arline, two daughters and three granddaughters. Fond tributes for Fitzie By Jack Beverley
August September 2007