Asia Pacific Media Educator


It is a truism that all countries experience corruption and equally true that journalists and media organisations will list the uncovering and reporting of corruption as one of their principal responsibilities. Despite this, very few journalists have formal training in corruption reporting. Staff from the University of Queensland’s Centre for International Journalism (CIJ) conducted workshops in 2000 and 2001 for journalists from the Pacific Islands, where corruption is well entrenched in many business and political activities. As a result of the workshops, we hope to stimulate debate about how such programs might best be implemented, given the economic and cultural constraints that exist in some Pacific Island countries. The first part of the paper explains the role of the media as an anti-corruption mechanism and the difficulty journalists face in identifying and sometimes stamping out corruption. The second part of the paper looks at the programs adopted and explains the responses of journalists.