TWO Australian volunteers in Papua New Guinea worked behind the scenes to help local media cover the recent Pacific Games.
With nearly 50 years of broadcast and journalism experience between them, Joanna Lester and Barry Minster (right) shared their skills with the games media contingent through the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.
Joanna was based with the Pacific Games press operations team, helping run a news service which shared Games’ photos and information with local, national and international media.
“We have been pairing up more experienced reporters with journalism students from the University of PNG to cover events,” Joanna says.
“It’s a good chance for journalism students and journalists in general to learn how big events operate, gain skills in interviewing athletes and improve their writing.”