China Australia Journalist Exchange

The 2019 China Australia Journalist Exchange

Five journalists from around the country recently participated in the 2019 China Australia Journalist Exchange program, exploring recent developments in clean energy technology.

Participants Tom Dusevic (The Australian), Matilda Marozzi (ABC Radio Melbourne), James Fernyhough (The Australian Financial Review), Sarah Steger (The West Australian) and Madeleine Stuchbery (The Weekly Times) met with government officials, business leaders, academics and news media in Shanghai, Qingdao and Beijing.

The group was led by Mark Baker, a former senior Fairfax editor and China correspondent.

“The 2019 China Australia Journalism Exchange was an outstanding success, thanks to the generous support of the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the All China Journalists Association.

"At this time of heightened concern and debate about the state of the bilateral relationship, it is more important than ever that Australian journalists have the opportunity to experience travelling and reporting in China without restrictions," Baker said.

James Fernyhough, 'China fund's plan to revolutionise green finance', The Australian Financial Review

James Fernyhough, 'China slowdown threatens Paris climate goals', The Australian Financial Review

James Fernyhough, 'Trade war threatens progress on climate change, warns China', The Australian Financial Review

James Fernyhough, 'Chinese car giant slams electric car black hole', The Australian Financial Review

James Fernyhough, 'Trade war threatens progress on climate change', warns China, The Australian Financial Review

Madeleine Stuchbery, 'Wharfies out as China goes hi-tech', The Weekly Times

Madeleine Stuchbery, 'Australian grain shines in Chinese beer', The Weekly Times

Sarah Steger, 'The ‘ghost’ robots taking our iron ore into China. The West Australian

Matilda Marozzi, live cross on ABC Radio Melbourne Mornings with Virginia Trioli, ABC

Matilda Marozzi, Does Shanghai have the answer to Australia's recycling crisis?, ABC Mornings with Ali Moore

About the exchange

The China Australia Journalist Exchange was established in 2013 by the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre and the All-China Journalists Association to improve the capacity of journalists in each country to cover the increasingly complex bilateral relationship.

This year’s China visit is being run in collaboration with the Melbourne Press Club. Financial support was provided by the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

About 50 journalists have participated since the first exchange. Australian fellows of the program have come from all states and all media platforms.

The program aims to improve news organisation capacity to cover the other country, and generally to broaden public understanding of the two countries and their relationship.

Journalists are encouraged to report on their experience and develop strategic contacts for future reporting.

Queries:, 03 9614 2779

The 2019 program was supported by:

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