Disaster management and resiliency in the Asia Pacific journalism fellowship

Meeting or Conference
East West Center (EWC)
29 Sep - 13 Oct 2013
United States of America (New York City, New York)

Study tour destinations: New York City, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Sendai, Japan; and Chengdu, China

The 2013 Disaster Management and Resiliency Journalism Fellowships program will introduce participating journalists to a broad range of disaster management and recovery activities in the United States, Japan and China as well as post-disaster challenges to political, economic and energy resiliency. In New York City, journalists will examine lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, which struck the eastern seaboard on October 29, 2012 and registered as a Category 2 storm at its peak intensity. Sandy is estimated in early calculations to have caused damage of at least $20 billion, making it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane behind only Hurricane Katrina. In Japan, the journalists will again visit the capital city for an assessment of how the Japanese government and disaster response agencies handled the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami and nuclear crisis as well as what lessons were learned. In Sendai, the EWC will expose the journalists to the personal side of natural disasters through discussions with students, aid workers and community members. Finally, the journalists will visit Chengdu to examine China’s recovery efforts following the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. In all three countries, the role and responsibility of the media to accurately report on disasters will be explored.

This 14-day professional dialogue, study and travel program is designed for working print, broadcast and online journalists from the United States, Japan, China and those Asian and Oceanic countries bordering the tectonic Pacific Plate. It will introduce participating journalists to a broad range of disaster management activities in the United States, Japan and China as well as post-disaster challenges to political, economic and energy resiliency. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts at the local, federal and international levels;

  • Government, military, business and civil-society initiatives successful in reducing risk and in providing assistance post-disaster;

  • Resilience as the capacity to recover from disasters and the maintenance of political structures, economic markets, energy policies and the functionality of society in the wake of a catastrophe;

  • The impact of recent catastrophic natural disasters on economic markets and supply chains throughout the Asia Pacific region;

  • Responses to the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the future of energy policy and security in the Asia Pacific region.

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Event fee

Qualified, interested journalists from countries outside the tectonic Pacific Plate area are expected to cover the fellowship costs at a discounted rate of $6,575/per participant.

What is included in the event fee

The fellowship fee covers the following program-related costs:

  • Airfare from New York City to Tokyo to Sendai to Chengdu

  • Ground transportation and airport transfers

  • Hotel accommodation in each city

  • Provided program meals

  • Interpretation

  • Pro-rated speaker honorarium and cooperating organization costs

  • Seminar DVD of program documents, speaker PowerPoint presentations and Fellowship photos

  • Participant resource binder

Self-funded journalists are responsible for their flights to and from their home cities as well as all meals not provided by the East-West Center, visa fees, health insurance and baggage fees.

Target audience

Mid-career journalists with a minimum of seven years of experience in journalism. Media professionals from print, broadcast and online news organizations, including reporters, writers, editors, producers, columnists, bloggers, editorial writers and freelance jouranlists are eligible to apply. Participating journalists will include two Japanese, three Americans, two Chinese and three journalists representing Asian and Oceanic countries bordering or near the tectonic Pacific Plate. Eligible countries include: Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Tonga, and Vanuatu. In addition, participant-paid positions will be held open for qualified, journalists who come from Asia Pacific countries NOT listed above. Journalists who specialize in topics related to the specific theme are preferred and effort will be taken to include news organizations with national and global reach. Fluency in English is required.

How to register

For more information please email Liz A. Dorn or call +1 8089447368.


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