The Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships program is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Partnership, All-China Journalists Association and the Japan Foreign Press Center/Tokyo. 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.
2013 DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENCY JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS
Dates: Sunday, September 29, 2013 – October 13, 2013
Study Tour Destinations: New York City, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Sendai, Japan; and Chengdu, China
Given the numerous recent natural disasters in the Asia Pacific, there has been a rethinking of how governments and communities prepare for and respond to disasters. Disaster management demands cooperation among both a wide variety of stakeholders within an affected country as well as among the international community to preserve and maintain the resiliency of political structures, economic markets and energy policies. In response, the East-West Center is proud to announce the 2nd Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowship program.
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.
The EWC requires participating journalists to file at least one story or a series of blogs and/or tweets resulting from their participation in the fellowship. Journalists must offer specific story ideas and how you will fulfill this requirement in your application.
Funding: East-West Center and the Center for Global Partnership
The program covers all air transportation, lodging, and program-related ground transportation and meals for participating journalists from the funded countries listed above. Other qualified, interested journalists from countries outside the tectonic Pacific Plate area are expected to cover Fellowships costs at a discounted rate of USD $6,575/per participant to be paid prior to the beginning of the program.
Congratulations to the 2013 DisMan Fellows:
- Mr. Bruce ATKINSON, Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Queensland, Australia
- Ms. Ellalyn DE VERA, Reporter, Manila Bulletin, Manila, Philippines
- Mr. Xin HE, Journalist, Caixin Media Company Limited, Beijing, China
- Ms. Mana ISHIDA, Staff Writer, Foreign News Desk, Jiji Press, Tokyo, Japan
- Ms. Anisah ISSIMEL, Broadcast Journalist, National Broadcasting Corporation, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
- Mr. Morgan LEE, Energy Reporter, U-T San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
- Ms. Zulfiani LUBIS, Chief Editor, News and Current Affairs, ANTV, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Mr. Jamie MORTON, Science/Environment Reporter, The New Zealand Herald, Tauranga, New Zealand
- Ms. Jennifer POYANT, Senior Producer, WNYC Radio, New York City, New York, USA
- Ms. Margaret WISE, West Bureau Chief, The Fiji Times Limited, Lautoka, Fiji Islands
- Mr. Benjian XIN, Editor, In-depth News Division, People’s Daily Online, Beijing, China
- Ms. Deborah ZABARENKO, Environment Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, Washington, DC, USA
2012 DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENCY JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS
The 2012 Disaster Management and Resiliency Journalism Fellowship program took place Sunday, May 13 – Sunday, May 27, 2012 and included twelve journalists from China, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States. The journalists visited San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tokyo, Japan; and Sendai, Japan. In San Francisco, journalists examined lessons learned from the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay area of California on October 17, 1989 and measured 6.9 on the Richter scale. In addition, California, particularly the San Francisco area, is considered a leading US example of disaster management as well as renewable energy development. Honolulu, meanwhile, provided the journalists with a more regional understanding of disaster prevention and mitigation. In Japan, the journalists visited 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; and what lessons were learned. Additionally, the journalists examined nuclear power and energy policy in Japan from a variety of perspectives. In Sendai, the East-West Center exposed the journalists to the personal side of natural disasters through discussions with students, aid workers and community members. In the United States and Japan, the role and responsibility of the media to accurately report on disasters was explored.
Dates: May 13 – 27, 2012
Study Tour Destinations: San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tokyo, Japan; Sendai, Japan
Funding: East-West Center and the Center for Global Partnership
The program covers all air transportation, lodging, and program-related ground transportation and meals for participating journalists.
Highlights of the 2012 Disaster Management and Resiliency Journalism Fellowship in San Francisco included a session with Drs. Stephen Mahin and Nick Sitar of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center who provided an overview of risk and seismic resiliency in urban regions. In particular, the journalists discussed the consequences of liquefaction on buildings and utilities as well as the need to engineer buildings that are both sufficient in providing “shelter in place” and economically sound post-disaster. In addition, the journalists benefited from a tour of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center’s simulation laboratory and a demonstration of their shake table. A meeting with Dr. Per F. Peterson, Chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, provided the journalists with the opportunity to examine nuclear power in the Asia Pacific post-Fukushima and the likelihood of a similar nuclear plant disaster in the United States. The group also benefited from a meeting with representatives of Google’s Crisis Response Team, who described Google Person Finder and how it evolved as a registry and message board for survivors and people searching for loved ones following the Katrina disaster. Finally, the journalists enjoyed speaking with colleagues at KCBS Radio regarding the media’s role in communicating information to the public in a timely and effective manner during natural disasters.
In Honolulu, the journalists examined regional cooperation in disaster management via a session with Charles McCreery, Director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. A meeting with Peter Colvin of the Pacific Disaster Center further emphasized information-sharing as a key component of disaster management and the need for disaster managers to build relationships with local media professionals. The journalists also met with East-West Center Senior Fellow, Dr. Allan L. Clark, who spoke about the economic consequences of natural disasters and the social and economic trade-offs of allocating resources to mitigation efforts. A meeting with Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz further deepened the journalists’ understanding of economic trade-offs via a discussion regarding Hawaii’s energy supply and its deployment of renewable energy projects that aim to “align its values with its economics.”
In Tokyo, the journalists met with various government officials, academics, business executives and community leaders 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. While several of the journalists found the Japanese government officials to be less than forthcoming and repetitive, several noted that the meetings were helpful in understanding Japan’s “rigid chain of command and centralized authority.” A session with Ross Rowbury, President of Edelman Japan, on the Japanese public’s loss of trust in its government, business and media institutions since 3/11 further highlighted the Japanese government’s difficulty in communicating with the public. A highlight of the Tokyo study tour was a meeting with Noritake Nishide, Director-General of the Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) and a tour of JMA’s command center. Mr. Nishide explained JMA’s role as the sole national authority responsible for issuing weather warning and advisories as well as its move toward qualitative rather than quantitative warnings as a result of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The journalists also benefited from a discussion with acclaimed businessman and consultant William H. Saito regarding Japan’s business climate and potential for innovation.
The highlight of the 2012 Disaster Management and Resiliency Journalism Fellowship was the final study tour through Sendai and Minamisanriku where they were exposed to the personal side of natural disasters through discussions with students, aid workers, community leaders and residents. In particular, the journalists spent a full day touring the devastated town of Minamisanriku, visiting with a family residing in the temporary housing settlement and meeting with Mayor Jin Sato, who famously clung to the radio antennae of City Hall during the tsunami. The journalists also deeply appreciated East-West Center’s partnership with Peacewinds America in arranging a session with the Shizugawa Fisheries Association and interviews with local fishermen in Minamisanriku.
The 2012 Disaster Management and Resiliency Journalism Fellows:
- Hiroko AIHARA, Freelance Journalist, Fukushima City, Japan
- Cynthia BALANA, Senior Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Makati City, Philippines
- Tom BANSE, Regional Correspondent, KUOW Radio, Olympia, Washington, United States
- Christopher BODEEN, Beijing Correspondent, The Associated Press, Beijing, China, United States
- Tadashi IDEISHI, Senior Commentator, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
- Hisayoshi INA, Foreign Policy Columnist, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Nikkei Inc. Tokyo, Japan
- Mona KHANNA, Medical Contributor, Fox Chicago News, Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Belinda MCCAMMON, Chief Reporter, Radio New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand
- Ake PRIHANTARI, Producer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Holly QUAN, Reporter and Anchor, CBS Radio, San Francisco, California, United States
- Ellen WULFHORST, National Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, New York City, New York, United States
- Weining ZHONG, Reporter, China Central Television (CCTV), Beijing, China
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