Pacific Islands Journalism Tours


Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and other environmental stresses, meaning existing infrastructure can be significantly damaged or destroyed by a single storm or longer-term shifts in climatic conditions. With small and highly dependent economies, Pacific Islands primarily turn to external sources of financing and assistance to address these infrastructure needs. Currently, there is a lack of PIC media outlets reporting on the broader context of infrastructure financing opportunities; alternative sustainable development options; and the need for NGO and grassroots participation to ensure that projects result in resilient communities. 

To help PIC media improve/expand coverage of infrastructure development and financing, the EWC will coordinate a series of two reporting tours for PIC journalists to explore critical issues related to disaster relief and recovery, regional security, infrastructure development and financing, and fact-checking.  Each tour will visit relevant U.S. cities and consist of organized meetings with key players in both the public and private sectors including experts in financing and implementing infrastructure projects and disaster relief and recovery; model infrastructure site visits; briefings by government and military officials; discussions with researchers and community leaders with expertise in the PIC and/or infrastructure development; and US media organizations.  In addition, selected journalists will receive in-depth skill-based trainings in fact-checking, open source methodologies, and news literacy tools from renowned journalist training programs at Poynter, Facebook, the News Literacy Project, Google, and the Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab.  The tours end with a capstone event in Suva, Fiji and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to allow journalists the opportunity to share highlights and valuable lessons learned from each stop of the tours with a broader audience of experienced journalists, media and content experts from the region. 

This project activity extends and builds on the successes of journalist reporting tours and fellowships led by the Seminars and Journalism Program.


Susan Kreifels

Media Programs Manager, East-West Seminars

Scott Kroeker

Interim Senior Manager, Pacific Islands Development Program