Samoa Observer Journalist To Monitor Australia Elections

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Island journalists work with Asia Pacific Journalism Centre

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, September 1, 2013) – Senior Samoa Observer reporter Sarai Ripine leaves tomorrow morning for an attachment with the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre (APJC) ahead of the election in Australia this coming week.

The "Election monitoring and mentoring for Pacific journalists: Australia 2013" brings together journalists from around the Pacific Islands as the South Pacific powerhouse goes to the polls.

Their ranks include longtime publisher and editor Pesi Fonua from Matangi Tonga.

After introductory talks in Melbourne with journalism staff from APJC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Monash university and a leading debate site, The Conversation, the reporters will move to the federal capital, working from the offices of the Canberra Times.

Pacific Island issues like aid and development have been overshadowed by lasting controversy over migration policies and the so-called Pacific Solution, processing boat people through island states outside Australia.

The trip will be a steep learning curve for Ms. Ripine who has not previously travelled outside of Samoa.

She started work with Samoa Observer in 2006 and was long-time editor for the Samoana section of the newspaper, its Samoan language feature.

Ms. Ripine has extensive court reporting experience among her general news rounds.

Samoa Observer management say they are excited at the insight and perspective the trip will bring to her reporting on Samoa and its future relations with development partners like Australia.

The trip is also recognition and appreciation for her years of service to the newspaper.

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