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PMC internship winners bound for China, Indonesia

A guard on duty in the foyer of the China Daily in Beijing. Photo: David Robie/PMC

Pacific Media Centre

17 February, 2011

Kim BowdenThree AUT University media graduates have been selected for annual international internships in China and Indonesia organised by the Pacific Media Centre with air fares sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Kim Bowden is bound for the China for a three-month stint in April and Yvonne Brill will be going to Beijiing later in the year. Corazon Miller plans to go to the Jakarta Globe mid-year.

All three graduated last year as journalists with a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies and also did AUT's postgraduate Asia-Pacific journalism course. Miller, part Filipino New Zealander and fluent Tagalog speaker, was also the winner of the inaugural Kiwi-Asian journalism scholarship last year sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Corazon MillerChina Daily's Jin Limeng says he is delighted that the AUT graduates will be joining his online team.

Two China Daily staff are also expected to go to AUT University later in the year on exchange.

AUT's last journalist on internship was Michele Ong who was in Beijing last year and is now with the Rodney Times in Warkworth. Jess Harkins also returned recently from a spell with the Jakarta Globe

"It is great to see our graduates on the Asia-Pacific Journalism course following up with practical experience in the field in the region," says PMC director David Robie.

Yvonne Brill"It is not only great for their personal development, but also beneficial for the long-term development of New Zealand media expertise in the region."

Michele Ong news reading at the China

A stint at the China Daily Online - Michele Ong

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The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.


Congratulations Kim and Yvonne on China assignment

Congratulations, Kim and Yvonne. In fact the other day I did mention to Yvonne it would be a good challenge to be in a media organisation in China that may fall in an authoritarian model, and to see how media gels with the expanding economy of China and its renewed reliance on capitalism. The experience would be invaluable in the Pacific, especially where Fiji may also run parallel with China as far as media controls and freedoms are concerned.

Wish you all the best and you make AUT and the class of Asia Pacific Journalism course proud.


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