Journalism training aid by Australians: A case study in the Solomon Islands

Keywords: journalism, development, foreign aid, journalism education, journalism training, Australia, Solomon Islands, SOLMAS


After the ethnic clashes and generally poor plight of Solomon Islands at the turn of the millennium, the country has been the recipient of substantial international foreign aid, which has included journalism education and training, particularly from Australia. However, little independent research has been done about the role of Australian trainers and the history of journalism training in this period of change and restoration. This article seeks to provide a point-in-time report on journalism training in an aid context, in a bid to provide a baseline for future investigation of changes in the media landscape and training in Solomon Islands. This research draws on independent in-depth interviews with engaged stakeholders in the Solomon Islands, including journalists, civil leaders and government figures. It also discusses the Australian government-funded media aid programmes, including the Solomon Islands Media Assistance Scheme (SOLMAS) and its unnamed predecessor.


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Author Biography

Alexandra Wake

The author would like to acknowledge the editing assistance of Rilke Muir.

Dr Alexandra Wake brings 30 years of journalism and 15 years of teaching experience in formal education settings in Australia, Ireland, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and in the Pacific. She has been elected six times to the national executive of the Journalism Education and Research Association, is on the education advisory board for the Hunter Mental Health Institute’s Mindframe programme, and was an academic fellow for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. She has presented research papers at the past three World Journalism Education Congresses in Belgium, South Africa and New Zealand. Her research work is focused on the teaching of practical journalism skills.

How to Cite
Wake, A. (2016). Journalism training aid by Australians: A case study in the Solomon Islands. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 22(2), 35-48.