26 May 2014. Communications Fiji Limited journalist Dhanjay Deo (pictured) is one of two Pacific journalists who have begun a two-week internship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Mr Deo and Lady Luseane Luani, of Tonga, will spend the next two weeks with the ABC as part of the Douglas Gabb Pacific Radio Journalist Internship.
As part his program, Mr Deo will spend this week in Sydney where he will work from the ABC studios in Ultimo in areas such as political coverage, developing news stories and the roles of broadcast presenter and producer. He will be working with the ABC’s Pacific Economic and Business reporter, Jemima Garret.
Mr Deo will also get exposure to new and emerging technology in the area of content and engagement on digital and social platforms.
He will travel to Melbourne next week where he will learn about audience expectations and the ABC’s editorial decisions behind news stories. He will also participate in news preparation for Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program.
Being his first visit to Australia, Mr Deo will also get a feel for Australians’ love for sports when he attends the Penrith Panthers versus Parramatta Eels rugby league match this Friday and the Roosters and Raiders match on Saturday.
The Douglas Gabb Australia Pacific Journalism Internship Program was established in September 2007 in memory of Douglas Gabb, a senior broadcaster with Radio Australia for nearly 20 years and a well-known radio identity in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
As part of the internship, Pacific journalists are encouraged to build relationships with Australian-based contacts and report on aspects of contemporary Australia. The program aims to develop journalism and communication skills and encourage a broader awareness of technology and new media within a modern broadcasting environment.