Funding for Guardian Australia to appoint a Pacific editor to establish a network of independent journalists and commission major investigations to expand reporting on Australia’s immediate neighbourhood.
The Pacific receives minimal coverage at a time when the region is increasingly important for geopolitical, military and security reasons. Critical strategic, social, environmental, crime and business stories are not being told. There are few Australian journalists reporting on the region and no publication has established a network of trusted indigenous Pacific journalists for news collaborations. The Guardian’s capacity was previously limited and coverage has not included the kind of ongoing investigations that can make the biggest difference.
JNI has supported the Guardian Australia to employ a specialist Pacific editor in Australia to support public interest journalism, with a dedicated focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Kate Lyons was appointed to the role in October 2019.
Lyons will develop a network of local reporters across the region, stay across developments in the Pacific and commission stories from Australian journalists who will travel to the region for specific stories. The “beat” will cover Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, East Timor, New Caledonia, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Palau, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Marshall Islands.
Guardian journalist Kate Lyons in Tuvalu.